The key to creating an affordable do-it-yourself rainwater harvesting system is to find a local source for recycled plastic barrels.
Typically, the best recycled barrel options come from food and beverage processors, shipping companies, or local distributors who have made collecting these barrels from other companies a part of their business.
Because of the size and volume of these recycled plastic barrels, they are very bulky and expensive to ship a great distance. As such, it is usually not cost-effective to buy recycled plastic barrels unless you can go and pick them up. (Of course, it depends upon the source; some companies get the barrels nearly free so they can afford to pay the shipping cost and still make money!)
Search for Recycled Plastic Barrels Locally
Add the name of your city and state after the + into the search box below then click the ‘SEARCH’ button. A list of local options for sourcing plastic barrels will be presented in a new window: