When designing a backyard or patio, your top priorities are probably a grill, seating, and maybe lighting. And as much use as you hope to get out of a grill, there’s a good chance the most useful thing in your backyard is a trashcan. Whether it’s for paper plates when hosting or empty pizza boxes because you didn’t actually end up using the grill, having an outdoor trashcan will save you and your guests the trouble of having to go in and out of the house any time you have to trash a used napkin. Choosing the right trashcan might seem pretty trivial, but it makes a big difference when it’s outdoors.
For one thing, it has to be secure enough to prevent any hungry raccoons from helping themselves to a feast and heavy enough to not be knocked over by the wind. And since it’s something that’s likely to be in plain view, it ought to be reasonably good looking. Those big gray plastic tubs might mess with the aesthetic of your carefully coordinated outdoor furniture. These options have simple but stylish designs and secure lids, and they’ll fit in well with different kinds of outdoor decor.
1. Suncast 33 Gallon Outdoor Trash Can
This 33-gallon trash can comes in brown, white, and dark taupe. It has a square shape, making it easy to tuck into a corner or place against a wall. The exterior has a wicker design and the lid is secured using a latch mechanism. The resin coating is designed to make it resistant to weather.
Pros: Latch-lock top, available in three colors.
Cons: Textured interior means bags can rip when removing them.
2. Keter Outdoor Trash Can
This outdoor trash can comes in dark brown and has a simple paneled wood design and a metal handle. Overall it has a sleek, modern design. The interior rim is removable, so it can be used to hold liners in place while keeping them out of view. Reviewers found it handy for both kitchen and backyard use.
Pros: Sleek design with a metal handle, removable rim for securing the liner.
Cons: Some found it too lightweight.
3. Trashco Flings Bins POP UP Recycle Bins
If you don’t have an outdoor patio and just need an option for temporary use or something small that you can keep out of sight, these simple recycling containers pop up and fold down. They’re disposable, but they’re a great option to reuse as well. They come in a set of ten, and the brand also makes black pop-up trash bags so you can easily separate recycling from trash.
Pros: Pop-up design makes them portable and convenient. Good for parties and outdoor events.
Cons: Bag can get torn when being removed.