Cans cost 15 to 80 dollars. Most die from loss of wheels or handles or the bottom has a hole worn in it grown too large.
Most of the can is still in useable condition when tossed out.
Service would trade repaired cans for those that need repair.
Maybe 2 or 5 worn out can for each repaired one.
1. sand blast or chemical bath to get down to raw plastic or metal.
2. Welding or riveting on new parts as required. Maybe a remold process or glue on boot could be developed.
3. Adding weights for those cans used in recycle yards as measuring devices.
Background activity: Trading for old cans, lids, wheels, plastic, metals, fasteners needed to continue repairs.
Other uses for worn out garbage cans after a cleaning:
planters, table bases, solar dryers, pet cages, basket ball hoops, feeders, storage bins, targets, toddler playground