Anyone can discard an unwanted item; it’s far more difficult, however, to creatively contend with garbage. The innovations in this slideshow have all done so in spades. From unusual designer trash bins to incredible art pieces comprised of recycled refuse, it’s a wonder anyone manages to actually throw anything away at all. Savvy advertisers and activists have even used trash to advance their respective agendas.

Check out these and other trashtastic innovations in the collection below.