Collection by Kelsey Keith

The Hunt: Modern Trash Cans


Litter bin, trash receptacle, garbage can—there are many ways to say it, and many poor examples of the genre. Here we find a few examples that prove finding the perfect container for your trash isn't, ahem, a waste.

This design editor is a little obsessed with things trashy. Namely, she doesn't want to see or smell said trash, so it must be contained in a tidy area that's easy to empty. Other musts? Simple lines, easy to clean, a lid with a soft close, a sturdy foot pedal. And while stainless steel is certainly a thing as far as kitchens go, we have found that powder-coated metal resists smudging and fingerprints much better. After a recent European jaunt, in which we saw lots of amazing things while scoping out trash cans everywhere, we added a couple of entries to our list of acceptable receptacles.

Frédéric Perigot designed this trash bin with "the body of an aircraft," "a lid like a Frisbee," and a lid that closes...
Brabantia, founded in the Netherlands in 1919, is a go-to for minimalist litter bin design.
Patent Ochsner, a household name in Switzerland, has been around since 1928.
Another European company making great out of waste is Westermann & Co, affectionately called Wesco; the Germany company...
Wesco has also introduced a double-canister Big Double Boy garbage can, made of extremely durable powder-coated sheet...
Though most of the contenders on our approved trash can list are European, one of our all-time favorites is made right...
This one is a more appropriate for dry waste, or a bathroom, than our larger kitchen garbage cans, but it's worth...
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