The big names for large kitchen bins and trash cans are Brabantia, simplehuman and Wesco. Others are Hailo, Curver and Rubbermaid. This is easily the biggest list of large waste bin and trash can online.
Considerations When Choosing a Waste Bin for the Kitchen or Home
Type of Lid
While touch lids are quite common, these are lids that lifts automatically with a simple push to eject action. The lid will need to be manually closed when done but requires little effort as it is usually balanced. Touch lids are sometimes known as spring-top lids.
Another common type of lid is the pedal lid that works mechanically by stepping on a pedal in front of the bin. A good pedal bin includes soft close mechanism to slowly and silently shuts the lid when you lift the foot from the pedal. However, some pedal bins have its mechanical arm exposed taking up a bit more space at the back and will not stand flat against the wall.
The other common type of lid is the flap type, which requires a little push to open, it then swings back to shut when done. These are sometimes known as swing lids as the spring returns to to the shut position.
Finally, a more advanced lid are self open based on sensors close to the lid. It will then shut automatically when it senses that there is nothing around the lid making it totally touch free.
Big bins and trash cans start from 20 Litres, larger ones goes from 30 to 40 Litres. For the big household, there is the extra large bins starting from 41 to 60 Litres. Super large commercial bins are also available. These capacities are sometimes divided equally or according to ratio to make up different compartments for sorting the recyclable from general waste. The bins typically have a total of 30 Litres onwards.
Is there enough room to accommodate the bin? Does it need to be up against a wall or cabinet unit, or can it stand on its own in the corner. These are some of the questions we need to answer when considering a large bin. It also goes without saying that measuring the available space for the trash can is a probably the best place to start.
Typically, the bins in our line-up are round and are great as standalone bins. To make better use of space, there are rectangular bins that are available in narrow or wide profile to fit in the space. Then there is the semi-round flat back bins that is again space efficient and can stand right up againt the wall.
Is there a need to sort household rubbish for the different collection? Multi compartment bins make sorting easier and clutter free. There is no need to separate and put out recyclables on the shelf or counter top, simply put it in the designated compartment. Some compartments are colour coded to make it easier to identify which goes where. Use this to separate plastics, glass jars and bottles, card boards and papers from the general waste.
To make choosing your large waste bin easier, we have grouped the trash cans according to capacity (20-40L and 41-60L) and mark then out by shape and type of lid. For those looking for a recycler, we have also marked next to the relevant bins, suitable for recycling.
Large Bin 20 – 40L
- Brabantia MotionControl Pedal Bin 12L, 30L (Brilliant Steel, White) – ROUND, PEDAL
- Brabantia Touch Twin Recycling Bin 10+23L (Matt Steel) – SEMI-ROUND, TOUCH, RECYCLING
- Brabantia Twin Pedal Bin 20+20L (Matt Steel, Brilliant Steel) – ROUND, PEDAL, RECYCLING
- Brabantia MotionControl Pedal Bin with Food Trap 20L – ROUND, PEDAL
- Brabantia MotionControl Twin Pedal Bin 20+20L – ROUND, PEDAL, RECYCLING
- Brabantia Orla Kiely Retro Bin 12, 20, 30L (cream or dark grey) – ROUND, PEDAL
- Brabantia Retro Pedal Bin 12, 30L (Almond) – ROUND, PEDAL
- Brabantia Rectangular Touch Bin 25L (brilliant steel) – RECTANGULAR, TOUCH
- Brabantia Flatback Pedal Bin 30L, 40L (white or red) – SEMI-ROUND, PEDAL
- Brabantia FlatBack+ Pedal Bin 30L, 40L (Matt Steel, Mint, Black, Pink) – SEMI-ROUND, PEDAL
- Brabantia Flip Bin 30L (red, pink, matt steel, white, black or metallic mint) – ROUND, TOUCH
- Brabantia Touch Bin 30L, 40L (Many Colour Options) – BIGGEST CAPACITY, ROUND, TOUCH
Note that the name MotionControl refers to the light pedal operation and silent close lid features. This does not refer to motion sensors or self open lids. For automatic touch free lid, see simplehuman sensor range.
- simplehuman Retro Round Pedal Bin 30L (White, Red, Black, Stainless Steel) – ROUND, PEDAL
- simplehuman Round Pedal Bin 30L (Stainless Steel) – ROUND, PEDAL
- simplehuman Butterfly Bin (Stainless Steel or White) 10L, 30L – RECTANGULAR, SPLIT-FLAP, PEDAL
- simplehuman Semi-Round Pedal Bin 10L, 40L (Stainless Steel) – SEMI-ROUND, PEDAL
- simplehuman Rectangular Pedal Bin 30L (Stainless Steel)- RECTANGULAR, PEDAL
- simplehuman Rectangular Touch Bar Bin 30L, 40L (Stainless Steel) – RECTANGULAR, TOUCH
- simplehuman Rectangular Sensor Bin 40L (Stainless Steel) – RECTANGULAR, TOUCH FREE
- simplehuman Rectangular Steel Bar Pedal 38L (Stainless Steel) – RECTANGULAR, PEDAL
- simplehuman Butterfly Recycler 40L (Stainless Steel) – RECTANGULAR, SPLIT-FLAP, PEDAL, RECYCLING
- simplehuman Wide-Step Rectangular Pedal 38L (Black, Stainless Steel) – RECTANGULAR, PEDAL
- simplehuman Wide-Step Recycling Bin 46L (Stainless steel) – RECTANGULAR, PEDAL, RECYCLING
- Wesco Pushboy Junior 22L (Almond, Orange, Silver, Yellow, Red, White, Black, Green, Pink) – ROUND, FLAP LID
- Wesco Kickmaster Classic Pedal Bin 9L, 33L (White, Grey, Turquoise, Black, Red, Green Almond ) – ROUND, PEDAL
- Wesco Spaceboy XL Bin 35L (Red, Orange, Almond, Silver) – ROCKET, FLAP LID
- Wesco Big Double Boy Recycling Bin 36L (Red, Almond, Black and white) – RECTANGULAR, PEDAL
- Wesco Kickboy Pedal Bin 40L (multi-colour) – ROUND, PEDAL
Extra Large Bin 41 – 60L
- Brabantia Touch Bin 45L, 60L (Brilliant Steel, Matt Steel, Black Almond, Red, Orange, Purple, Lemon, Blue, Pink, Platinum, Metallic Grey) – BIGGEST CAPACITY, ROUND, TOUCH
- Brabantia Pedal Bin Silent 45L (Brillant Steel, Matt Steel, Metallic Grey) – ROUND, PEDAL
- Brabantia Colour Your Bin Touch Deluxe 45L (Various Colours) – ROUND, TOUCH
- Wesco Pushboy Bin 50L (Orange, Red, Silver, Warm Grey, Almond, White, Turquoise – ROUND, FLAP LID
- Wesco Push Two Bin 50L (25+25L) – ROUND, DUAL FLAP LID, RECYCLING
- Wesco Kickboy Bin 50L – ROUND, PEDAL, RECYCLING
- simplehuman Semi-Round Plastic Pedal Bin 50L (Stone, Grey or Black) – SEMI ROUND, PEDAL
- simplehuman Semi-Round Sensor Bin 45L (Matt Steel) – SEMI-ROUND, TOUCH FREE
- simplehuman Butterfly Pedal Bin 45L (Stainless Steel or White) – RECTANGULAR, SPLIT-FLAP, PEDAL
- simplehuman Butterfly Sensor Bin 48L (Stainless Steel) – RECTANGULAR, SPLIT-FLAP, TOUCH FREE
- simplehuman Rectangular Touch Bar Recycler 48L (Stainless Steel) – RECTANGULAR, TOUCH, RECYCLING
- simplehuman Rectangular Steel Bar Pedal Recycler 48L (Stainless Steel) – RECTANGULAR, PEDAL, RECYCLING
- Intelligent Waste Totem 50L, 60L (with 3 recycling compartment) – RECTANGULAR, TOUCH, RECYCLING
- Rubbermaid Step-On Wastebasket 13 Gallon (approx.50L) Metal-Accent Black – RECTANGULAR, PEDAL
- Rubbermaid Touch-Top Wastebasket 13 Gallon (approx. 50L) Black – RECTANGULAR, TOUCH
- Rubbermaid Spring-Top Wastebasket 53-Quart (approx. 60L) White – RECTANGULAR, TOUCH
- Rubbermaid Dual-Action Wastebasket 45-Quart (approx. 51L) White – RECTANGULAR, FLAP LID
Be sure to check the dimensions of the bin against available space.