A waste container is a container for temporarily storing waste, and is usually made out of metal or plastic. Some common terms are dustbin, garbage can, trash can and dumpster. The words "rubbish", "basket" and "bin" are more common in British English usage; "trash" and "can" are more common in American English usage. "Garbage" may refer to food waste specifically (when distinguished from "trash") or to municipal solid waste in general.
In many cities and towns there is a public waste collection service which regularly collects household waste from the curbside. This will be loaded into a garbage truck and driven to a landfill, incinerator or crush facility to be disposed of. Household curbside waste containers are typically either:
- trash cans, receptacles made of metal or plastic
- wheelie bins, light, mobile plastic bins
Public litter bins
Such bins in outdoor locations or other busy public areas are usually mounted to the ground or wall to discourage theft, and reduce vandalism, and to improve their appearance are sometimes deliberately artistic or cute.
The term "garbage can" is also used for a model of decision making, the Garbage Can Model of decision making. It is concerned with cases of decision making in great aggregate uncertainty which can cause decisions to arise that from a distant point of view might seem irrational.
A "trash can" metaphor is often used in computer operating system desktop environments as a place files can be moved for deletion.
In a workplace setting, a bin may be euphemistically called "the circular file". Whereas useful documents are filed in a filing cabinet, which is rectangular, junk mail and other worthless items are "filed" in the bin, which is often round.
In popular culture
- On the internationally distributed children's television series Sesame Street, the character Oscar the Grouch lives in a trash can, and sings the song "I Love Trash".
- Automatic waste container
- Bin bug
- Clever Bins
- Pedal bin
- Pot farming
- Push the Talking Trash Can
- Roll-off (dumpster)
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- Media related to Trash container at Wikimedia Commons