How can I reuse or recycle little plastic trays (dummy drives)?

Dummy drivesA few weeks ago I was at the HQ of BrightBox, a Ruby-on-Rails hosting company/ISP, and they’d just taken delivery of a huge new computer server thing (apologies for getting overly technical there).

Anyway, all the hard discs for it (and there were loads) were packaged up separately so there was a mountain of packaging by the time they’d got it all sorted.

As well as tonnes of corrugated cardboard and the foam packaging stuff I’ll feature next week, they got loads of these little solid moulded plastic trays – dummy drives – and needless to say, my first thoughts were “what a waste!” and “how could I recycle them?”

They would be absolutely ideal underneath plant pots if there weren’t two little holes at one end. I guess I could plug them with something and perhaps paint them at the same time to make them nice for under plants – but even as prolific as our spider plants are, I think I’d still be hard pushed to use them all.

So any suggestions?

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6 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle little plastic trays (dummy drives)?”

  1. Rowan says:

    They would make nice drawer organizers.

  2. Meg O says:

    give them to a local elementary school for each individual to use for personal pencil boxes that they can decorate any way they want.

  3. di says:

    you can use them to form suet to feed to the birds… they look like the perfect size to fit into the suet holders we have.

  4. Karina says:

    -Fill with scraps of paper for note taking (next to phone, on your desk, in the kitchen for grocery lists), or also with post-it notes.
    -Use to organize jewelry, earrings, necklaces.
    -For the handyman in the house, as small containers to put screws when fixing something
    -Soap holders? Sponge holders?

  5. lennyb says:

    darkroom trays for pinhole photography

  6. WILLIAM says:


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