When we store materials outdoors, we cover them with 6-mil plastic sheeting or tarps secured with ropes or bungee cords.
Some towns require permits to place trash bins on the street. Tarps keep trash in the bin and off the street.
Padded movers' quilts are great for protecting appliances and large furniture. Cover the quilts with plastic sheets.
Plastic sheeting held in place with painter's tape seals off passageways and other openings, keeping dust contained.