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When it comes time to toss your scraps, a stylish receptacle makes a dirty job a bit more bearable. We scoured the scene and assembled a collection of favorites, culling together a mishmash of recycling bins, composting commodes, and trash cans for your viewing pleasure.
The Oko is basic and no-frills. The sheet-steel construction, wide foot pedal, and large mouth are all useful features. Handles adorn the conveniently color-coded bins and look nice against the stark palette of the white exterior. One bin is meant for biodegradable waste, but you be the judge; cans and bottles will fit in there just as well.
This simple, streamlined bin is less conspicuous, without being less functional. The corrosion-resistant construction and well-sealed lid are not to be overlooked. The recycling bin is a smaller insert that hangs from the lip, and is better suited for stashing those pesky plastic grocery bags.
Designed by Italian-based designer and architect Piero Lissari for Alessi, the Birillo Bathroom Waste Bin’s sculpted, minimal form adds modern cool to any interior space. Crafted from lightweight, shatter-proof PMMA in opaque white, the Birillo Bathroom Waste Bin is designed to compliment the entire Birillo collection of bathroom accessories.
Holger Nielsen, the inventor of the pedal bin, once said, “Good design never goes out of fashion.” And he’s right—there have been minimal changes since its creation back in 1939 and today the bin is a classic design as it resides in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The Twin Touch is quite rugged, belying its pristine appearance. The steel body and lid defy rusting and chipping, which is a practical concern if you spend the majority of your time around refuse. The larger capacity and unique pop-up lid are pleasant back-saving additions.