You came, you ate, you drank… and you left a big mess. Tailgates result in lots and lots of garbage (pun intended). That’s all fine and dandy if you’re one of the guests; you’re probably heading into the stadium to enjoy the game anyway. But for hosts, there’s more work to be done, namely cleanup.

The trick is to keep the trash from overwhelming the party, so you can spend the time having fun, not cleaning up. Tailgate Fan has some innovative ways to keep the garbage from getting out of control.

Photo Credit: Can Ram

Photo Credit: Can Ram

Can Ram Aluminum Can Crusher ($15)

Got 10 seconds to crush 10 aluminum cans? Of course you do, you probably just took 10 minutes to perfect the art of smashing a can on your head. Here’s how to do it the easy way. Just load up the Aluminum Can Crusher and work the handle. They’ll come out completely flat, letting you really fill up those recycling bags. Mount this thing near the beer cooler, because you know that’s where your guests will be heading when their cans are empty.

Buy the Aluminum Can Crusher.

Photo Credit: Commercial Zone

Photo Credit: Commercial Zone

Commercial Zone CanPactor 30-Gallon Recycling Bin ($130)

Unless someone is springing for a keg, you’re going to have a lot of empty cans (or sober people). Insert a can into the Can Pactor, push the handle and crunch it. When the 39-gallon bag is full, remove it and recycle the cans. The CanPactor can hold up to 400 cans, so consider that a challenge for your next tailgate. Made, in part, from post-consumer recycled material (as it probably should be), this thing is sturdy and easy to clean.

Buy the CanPactor 30-Gallon Recycling Bin.

Photo Credit: Stansport

Photo Credit: Stansport

Stansport Collapsible Campsite Carry-All Trash Can ($21)

Nothing beats a good old-fashioned trash can for collecting garbage. But no one wants to carry that big thing in the back of their car to and from the tailgate. That’s why we have this 24-inch high collapsible polyethylene trash container. It sets up in just a few seconds to give you a wide-mouthed receptacle for your trash. The zippered top ensures that the garbage stays inside, and the padded web handles make it easy to maneuver once it’s full.

Buy the Collapsible Campsite Carry-All Trash Can.

Photo Credit: Spray Nine

Photo Credit: Spray Nine

Spray Nine Multipurpose Cleaner and Disinfectant ($10)

It takes more than paper towels to clean up spilled beer and greasy food. This industrial-strength spray cleaner doesn’t care if you’re wiping up on asphalt or removing greasy finger marks from the side of a van. It cleans, de-greases and disinfects too, killing off bacteria, viruses, mildew, mold and pretty anything else that sprouts to life around a tailgate. And if it’s good enough for your tailgate, you better believe it’s good enough for your home as well.

Buy the Multipurpose Cleaner and Disinfectant.

Happy tailgating!

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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.


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