The Hunt: Modern Trash Cans
- Everyone's got trash, but how they decide to hide it varies. Here, five waste bins that will have you storing your garbage in style.
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.
Intended for squeezing into narrower spaces, the Butterfly takes a different approach than the rest of the pack. The cleverly designed lid opens in halves when you press on the foot pedal, and can be locked in the open position. It also closes automatically with a satisfyingly slow return (provide your own Star Trek sound effects).
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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.
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.