Trash Can Be Beautiful!


TrashThe Trash Can Be Beautiful program transforms ordinary, rusted town trash barrels into works of art. It provides an opportunity to put your own creative stamp on our town and reduce litter. This project is great for artists, families, youth groups, or anyone interested in making our town cleaner and greener.

Through the Trash Can Be Beautiful program, there are currently more than 30 decorative barrels at Memorial Park, Plymouth Street, and in downtown Mansfield.

How the program works:

  • Contact us to request a town trash barrel that has been cleaned, sanded, and primed.
  • We will notify you when the barrel is available for you to pick up and take home.
  • Use your imagination to create a beautiful design for your barrel.
  • The barrel’s dimensions are 72” x 36.” However, because a plastic trash bag will drape over the edge of the barrel, use only a background color for the top 10 inches. That leaves a 72 x 26” surface for painting your design.
  • Please be sure to use exterior acrylic latex paint (check the label on the can).
  • Family-friendly designs only. No advertising messages.

Barrels will be deployed in locations on town-owned property, as determined by Keep Mansfield Beautiful and the Mansfield DPW.

Questions? Email us and we will get right back to you.