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We can't afford a new fridge. See below, half of the bin handle tore off. Manufacturer doesn't sell replacement bins for our 8 year old fridge. They said we must replace whole bin, not just the handle.

Fridge storage bin with broken handle

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Any furniture drawer pull that fits can be fastened to the front of the bin. You could even try to match ones already used for your kitchen drawers.

Here is a cup-shaped one with three screw fasteners, for example:

cup-shaped drawer pull

When you drill holes through the plastic bin for the drawer pull fasteners,
put a wide stiff brace behind the screws

to make a 'sandwich' to reinforce the plastic which has become brittle.
Here is a 'cut-away' top view. The bin wall is shown in grey.

Top view bin pull

That's the structural part.

Aesthetically, you may wish to remove the jagged broken selvage for a neater appearance.
(I suggest using a very fine-tooth saw blade, be patient.)

Environmentally, you are conserving Earth's resources. Thank you.

Good luck

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You can either

  • Add a handle by making two small holes and thread a piece of rope through or
  • Cut a grip hole either as a notch at the top or a full hole a bit lower, large enough to comfortably grip the drawer.

The former leaves the drawer structurally whole, but depending on material the rope can be a problem when cleaning and potentially harbor mold, the latter weakens the drawer more and you need to ensure the remainder is stable enough even with a fully loaded drawer.

Depending on how brittle the material is, I would either drill/saw or melt the required holes. Use the broken off bit to experiment.

Long-term, acquiring a new drawer is probably the best option. Consider also second hand sources.

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