Recycler's Can Crusher

Crushing aluminum cans takes up less space in your recycling bin. This can crusher is easy to make and could be a fun project for the kids to help with.


  • 2 pieces of scrap 2"x4"s, about 16" long
  • 1 sturdy strap hinge  and screws
  • 2 low-profile jar lids
  • 2 short screws
  • 1 heavy-duty screen door handle

Look at the diagram to see how to put the crusher together.  The jar lids will prevent the can from slipping out.  The cans will crush easier if you bend the sides in slightly with a squeeze.