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24 Inventive Trash Cans

From Vacuum Trash Cans to Flexible Trash Collectors

— July 18, 2015 — Art & Design
Although a trash can is one of the least exciting fixtures in homes and cities, they're also one of the most important to ensure that surrounding environments are kept fresh and functional.

Since many homeowners could use a hand from technology when it comes to picking up and taking out the trash, some of the most novel innovations include designs that are autonomous, vacuum cleaner-like or equipped to compile new shopping lists based on the items that are thrown out.

On the streets, garbage bins are also getting a high-tech makeovers for the purposes of collecting consumer data, providing Wi-Fi and generating energy harvested from the sun. Low-tech innovations can be just as impactful in a community, as Copenhagen has proven with its special bins for shelves that proves with bins that preserve the dignity of bottle collectors on the street.
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Pest Control Trash Cans
Pest Control Trash Cans
Flies Will No Longer Be a Bother with the Trash Can Fly Catcher
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Autonomous Trash Catchers
Autonomous Trash Catchers
This Smart Trash Can Will Gladly Take Whatever You Throw at It
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Moving Garbage Bins
Moving Garbage Bins
The Smart Trashbox Catches Your Junk
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Considerate Waste Bins
Considerate Waste Bins
Copenhagen's Trash Can Shelves Help Bottle Collectors Feel Dignified
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Barcode-Equipped Trashcans
Barcode-Equipped Trashcans
The GeniCan Scans Your Trash and Makes Shopping Lists For You
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Wi-Fi Trash Bins
Wi-Fi Trash Bins
New York City's BigBelly Trash Cans Take in Waste and Give Out Wi-Fi
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Double-Duty Trash Cans
Double-Duty Trash Cans
The Bin Pan Eliminates the Need for a Dustpan Forever
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Laborless Litter Pails
Laborless Litter Pails
The Cuum is a Trashcan that Also Functions as a Vacuum
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Vacuum Trash Cans
Vacuum Trash Cans
These Smart Trash Cans Do Double the Work to Keep Your House Clean
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Flexible Trash Collectors
Flexible Trash Collectors
The Flex Bin is Designed to Expand and Contract With Your Waste
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Clothespin Garbage Bins
Clothespin Garbage Bins
Hommin's Clip Trashcan Offers a Simple Way to Dispose Waste
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Consumer-Tracking Trash Cans
Consumer-Tracking Trash Cans
Renew's Trash Can Design Tracks Consumers Via Wi-Fi Usage
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Food Harvesting Trash Cans
Food Harvesting Trash Cans
The Nepenthes Planter Makes Food Out of Compost
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Bottomless Trash Cans
Bottomless Trash Cans
The Clever 'Bottomless Bin' Features Built-In Garbage Bag Replacements
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Crushable Trash Cans
Crushable Trash Cans
The Oscar Crunch Will Add Fun to Your Cleaning Routine
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Bug-Killing Waste Bins
Bug-Killing Waste Bins
The Anti-Ants Trashcans Helps Keep Your Kitchen Insect-Free
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Craft Fusion Garbage Cans
Craft Fusion Garbage Cans
Bow Bins by Cordula Kehrer Mix Synthetic with Hand-Stitched
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Technological Trash Cans
Technological Trash Cans
The 'Techno-Pods' Garbage Bin Design Gives Updates on LED Screens
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Disposable Trash Cans
Disposable Trash Cans
Yekaterina Shevchenko Designs a Recyclable Garbage Bag
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Solar Powered Trash Cans
Solar Powered Trash Cans
The 'Big Belly' Compacts Garbage Using Sun Energy
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Litter-Consuming Lampposts
Litter-Consuming Lampposts
The City Context Streetlight Concept Cleans up Sidewalks
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Intelligent Trash Cans
Intelligent Trash Cans
Jongchul Kim Creates the Mint-Pass Rubbish Can
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Chic Trashcans
Chic Trashcans
Moving Waste Bin Design by Grace Youngeun Lee
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Clever Trash Cans
Clever Trash Cans
The Quirky 'Stashcan' Keeps Extra Garbage Bags Handy
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