Trash Cans & Compost

February 3, 2012

Urbano Eco Trash Can Uses Plastic Grocery Bags


The Urbano Eco Trash Can is the winner of the 2005 Pratt Product Design Competition, and it deserves it. This recycling focused trash can allows you to store and reuse the plastic bags that you collect from shopping. Simply loop trash bags around the cut-out sides and push them all the way down. This creates a visual of stacked handles all along the side, and shows you how many bags you have left to use. When you are ready to use one, just move it up to the handles and hook so that it won't fall in on itself. Made in the USA.

We've since switched to getting either paper or using our own bags when we remember as we're not perfect. However we still get a bag or two that's plastic here or there, and right now store them in our simplehuman bag holder. This would just make more sense for the kitchen and the bathrooms instead of storing them for some possible use in the future.

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July 7, 2011

Pet Goldfish Garbage Bags Class Up Kitchen Trash


Aren't we all just swimming in kitchen garbage? Well - maybe not but if you want to bring a smile to your face each time you have to deal with it these Pet Goldfish Garbage Bags will brighten up your day. Each box of novelty Goldfish Trash Bags includes 12 pieces & are 100% biodegradable. Good for the environment and fun? No way! Here fishy fishy fish...

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June 7, 2011

Under Counter Pull Out Trash Can Saves Space


Our kitchen can be a bit cramped and that's when we thought about an under counter trash can. Problem is they just sit in there and you have to put the trash in or pull it out a bit to get the job done. This kitchen trash can with a slide-out design from simplehuman uses 13-gallon standard trash bags and makes the job easy. Simply reach in and pull the can out to get to it and slide back in. The bearings that drive the track to slide it on are even commercial grade. We're not sure how easy it is to mount, but given our success with just about every simplehuman product we're thinking it's going to work just fine.

At simplehuman Under-Counter Trash Can

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March 18, 2011

Portotrash Clip-on Trash Bag Holder Saves on Kitchen Counter Messes


You can now turn your extra plastic grocery bags into trash cans with Portotrash! Portotrash is a portable clip-on wireframe for plastic bags that lets you clamp a trash receptacle to any table or countertop. It’s perfect for the kitchen, the workshop, or anywhere with trash that needs to be quickly and easily thrown out.

The Portotrash set includes 2 plastic clamps, 3 metal support bars, and a pack for storing extra grocery bags.


  • Clamps with ergonomic handles and rotating rubber grips, which can clip onto surfaces up to 2.5” thick.
  • Fits standard grocery bags, so you can upcycle them back into use.
  • Metal bars that offer additional bag support.
  • Bag grabbers on the front, back, and sides to securely keep the plastic bag in the frame.
  • Plastic bag container that opens for easy bag storage and holds approximately five medium-sized plastic bags.

Right now it's available for a pre-order commitment only, but if enough people signup to have Portotrash made it will happen.

At Portotrash Clip-on Trash Bag Holder

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March 7, 2011

simplehuman Step Trash Can - Rectangular Stainless Steel 10.5 Gallon Trash Can


We like the clean lines of this rectangular 10-gallon waste can made of durable stainless steel from simplehuman. Our current trash can in the Kitchen Contraptions test kitchen is from simplehuman, and it's been working wonders for over 3+ years. This one opens by stepping on the solid-steel platform pedal, and features lid shox technology that uses air-suspension shocks to close the lid slowly and quietly. It also has a nonskid base, flat hinge, fingerprint-proof finish, smartbucket bag-change system, and measures 12-1/2 by 15-1/2 by 25-4/5 inches.

At simplehuman Step Trash Can, Rectangular, Fingerprint-Proof, 10-1/2 Gallons

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December 10, 2010

Review: Reduce Eco-Friendly Compactor Trash Can - Smash the Trash


We've been using the Reduce Eco-Friendly Compactor Trash Can over the past month, and we are really impressed. The Reduce Trash can has a compactor top you push down to reduce the trash in the can by compacting it. Reduce? Well it's not like trash disappears but it does get reduced in size.


Reduce in the test kitchen.

We found the Reduce Eco-Friendly Compactor Trash Can top fun to push down, and if we were having a bad day a great way to ease out a little frustration. Reduce claims you'll use half as many trash bags as you would with your old trash can, and we think this is about 1/4 less. The trash can does a great job but if you smooshed down your trash before, this is a little better than that. The big pluses are not touching the trash to do the smooshing.

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December 3, 2010

Countertop Trash Can - Small Compost and Waste Bin for Your Kitchen Countertop


This countertop mini trash can with a 1.5-Liter capacity is a must for your kitchen. You can save scraps for compost, and also have it for breakfasts where guests want to get rid of those sugar packet wrappers outside. The swing-open lid helps keep contents hidden and odors contained, and the lid pulls off for easy emptying. The lined interior means no need to add a bag. We've had one for about 6+ years now and also use it for coffee pods and spent K-Cups in our coffee nook.

At Countertop Trash Can

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August 9, 2010

Nine Stars Infrared Touchless Lid Open Trash Can


Tired of touching the trash can when you have to throw something away? Well we are. This touchless trash can seals odor in and eliminates cross-contamination of germs with touch-free operation. The anti-fingerprint commercial grade stainless steel can be used in your office, living room, bedroom, and kitchen. The trash can also features a garbage bag ring to keep the bag hidden from public view for a neat and clean appearance.

At NST Nine Stars Infrared Touchless Automatic Motion Sensor Lid Open Trash Can

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April 30, 2010

Soilsaver Classic Composter - Compost Kitchen Waste


We're always on the lookout for a better composting setup, and this Soilsaver Classic Composter produces rich organic dark humus in 6 to 8 weeks from kitchen and garden waste. It's so efficient it works in all climates and can recycle up to 30% of household waste. Made from 100% recycled material, it's locking self-watering lid keeps varmints out and allows for easy entry so you can get your soil for household plants and the garden.

At Soilsaver Classic Composter

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March 17, 2010

Spaceboy Trashcan - Lift Off for Your Trash


It's time to send your trash into orbit, and we've found this rocket shaped trash that can to do it. Made of 100% steel the Spaceboy garbage can by Wesco is the only trashcan we want to own. At $250 it arrives in the US later this year.

Via Gizmodo at Wesco

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November 9, 2009

iTouchless Fully Automatic Stainless Steel Touchless Trashcan


We love the 100% touch-free sensor operation built into this 13 gallon trashcan. You can even have battery-free operation with an optional AC Adaptor, and the trashcan fits any 13 or 18 gallon trash bags. The lid opens instantly when hand or trash is within 5 inches of its sensor (let's hope it doesn't randomly open when you walk by). This SX model has a new lid opening design for more capacity in less space.

At iTouchless Fully Automatic Stainless Steel Touchless Trashcan SX

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November 4, 2009

Scrap Trap, Counter Edge Scrap Catching Bowl


This is a great idea. This scrap trap hangs over the edge of a drawer or cabinet door, so you have a place to put food scraps. It holds up to two quarts of scraps. It comes with a scraper to sweep the scraps up.

At Scrap Trap, Counter Edge Scrap Catching Bowl

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May 6, 2009

NatureMill PRO Automatic Composter


With two kids in the house, so much food gets wasted. We really need a composter. This composter will fit in a kitchen and automatically create compost within days. It also comes in several colors to match any kitchen.

At NatureMill PRO Automatic Composter

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March 31, 2009

Trash Bag Cinch


This is a great idea. This trash bag cinch keeps trash bags secured to rim of the trash can and also works as an air freshener to freshen the air around the garbage can. The cinch is attached by adhesive to the trash can and then the top of the bag goes into the cinch. The replaceable lemon scented air freshener disk works for 30 days.

At The Trash Bag Cinch

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