Pros: Narrow profile when collapsed, Storage bag, Sturdy handle, Watertight fabric, Convenient
Cons: Storage bag seems a little too small.
Toting cat litter buckets around the yard to gather scooped poop or collect yard waste seems a valid re-use of something that might end up in a landfill, and I've used these for ages. Scooping dog waste will probably continue to be gathered in the litter bucket (it just seems appropriate) but a gift this past Christmas provided a new tote for yard waste. It's a tote for so much more. The Amazing Presto Bucket from Garden Works is far more versatile than the bucket and I'm now considering a second bucket.
The Presto Bucket collapses flat, it's lightweight and watertight. It will store anywhere. The bucket has a steel handle with a spongy rubber grip; it also has a rigid, durable plastic 10-inch diameter rim on the top and base. The bucket "floor" is also a durable plastic while the sides are coated (provides the watertight feature) and made from a sturdy heavy nylon fabric. It will stand up to a lot of abuse. This collapses flat to less than two inches but when open it stands 10 inches tall with a capacity of 2.9 gallons. Collapse this bucket and store it in the accompanying lightweight-nylon bag.
This can be filled with ice and some beverages for a picnic, you can collect water in it when waiting for the warm water to reach the faucet, or use it to wash the car. The bucket is watertight. I use mine for weeding and deadheading flowers in the garden. It's easy to clean so when harvesting vegetables I can do a quick rinse and head to the gardens to gather fresh tomatoes, basil, and peppers. After the meal is prepared you can place fresh compost inside and head to the bin. The size is perfect—your load won't get too heavy to carry, even if it's ice and a few beverages.
This innovative Amazing Presto Bucket is available in bright, easy-to-locate colors and they all have slim coordinating nylon drawstring bags. Colors include Forest Green, Dark Blue, Sky Blue, Orange, Red, and Lime. The bag shows the bucket open and closed although instructions aren't necessary for this—the use is intuitive. I like to just grab it and head to the garden for a few minutes of weeding while morning shadows still cover the yard and before it gets too hot.
My only problem is that the slim storage bag is just a little too small and getting the bucket back into the bag is somewhat challenging. The fit is snug and perhaps the bag could be just little wider.
Keep a bucket in the car, garage, under the sink, laundry room, or near the back door. For the time being dog waste, sawdust from wood-working projects, and mud flingings will continue to use old litter buckets. They're bright, cheerful but more important, they're practical and versatile and I can see why people have multiple Presto Buckets around the house. When finished weeding rinse this out, fill with ice from your refrigerator and a few cool drinks, head out to the garden chair and relax with a good book.