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Struggling to find a cheap water butt... help!  RSS feed

 
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Evening all,

I have been looking to buy a water butt for my allotment but so far the cheapest I can find is on ebay (210 litres for £26 - includes delivery)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/210L-Litre-45-Gallon-Water-Butt-Rain-Collecting-Bosh-Barrel-Plastic-/221477997173?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Garden_Plants_Bird_Bath_Feeder_CV&hash=item33911e0a75#shpCntId.

This is much cheaper than argos (£40!), amazon (£50) & Toolstation (£75!!).

I looked for IBC's on ebay and found something but the delivery was 99p per mile and it was a 100 miles from me so it far eclipsed the items value.

What can I do?

I need 2-3 water-butts but the cheapest I have found means it it will add up to £78 - is this too much to pay? Surely I can find cheaper alternatives?

Thank you for your help,

Samuel
 
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Wander round any local industrial estates and see if anyone has any ibcs or big blue barrels outside- its really hard to get free stuff off of companies in the UK, given waste-processing licenses and all, but its worth trying!

Also ask any local community gardens or allotments- they tend to know the people who might be giving away rain barrels and things. I find the big blue barrels are easiest to get hold of.

I'd also ask on gumtree or freecycle- there's quite often compost bins and water butts going on ours (I'm in the Midlands though).

I got mine from the local 'wilkos'- all purchased a broken or leaking waterbutts for about £3 for 210 litres, fixed them up with glue! It helped that I used to work next door though- so I could keep an eye out on the reduced trolley, and get to know the staff so they would save things for me.
 
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That sounds cheap compared to here. They are running $80 each for food grade ones in the midwest US.

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