Until recently, I had about 100 lbs of rice and 25 lbs of pinto beans sitting on the floor, still in their original bags, by the Peak Oil closet. That is, until we heard the scurrying of little feet overhead in our attic. That was the day I decided to buy some plastic buckets.
Of course, nothing is simple, so I had to do some research and find out what "food grade" really means. From what I can figure out "HDPE" and the #2 recycle symbol indicate that the bucket is food grade. Which means that the bright orange buckets from Home Depot are, too! Easy fix, but not inexpensive.
I did my eco-duty and called 5 different bakeries to try to get some free buckets (and to recycle), but they were all out at the moment. If only I had thought ahead and started calling a month ago! So I just sucked it up and went to Home Depot. Today, my rice and beans are secure in their newly-washed buckets. Luckily, when we transferred the goods, there was no evidence of bug or mice infestation.
Now I have decided to just ask at the bakery every Saturday when we do our food shopping. Because I still have a few other bags of food I need to secure. :) And you can never have enough buckets.