Let’s be honest, outdoor trash cans are not exactly chic, but you can certainly upgrade a standard green or otherwise eyesore of a color with something more neutral. Trash isn’t something you want to be the center of attention in any case, but luckily outside you can most likely store your trash can to the side of your house or in the garage for safe keeping. However, there are some stylish outdoor trash cans that blend in with your regular patio furniture, so you’d never know what’s inside (OK, maybe a little bit of an idea but you get the point).
Your first priority when picking out an outdoor trash can is going to be the quality and capacity. After all, you need a trash can to hold everything until trash pick up the following week, so it can’t be short on space. Color is another top feature you’ll want to consider since it’s your chance to spiff things up in the backyard. So whether you want to go with a more traditional one in a solid black color or perhaps mix it up with a resin trash can, there are plenty of options to choose from. Below, we’ve rounded up the best outdoor trash cans to keep your garbage out of sight and out of mind.
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A version of this story was originally published on May 7, 2020.
1. Suncast Trash Can
This stylish resin outdoor trash can will give your ho-hum patio trash can a run for its money. Made to blend in with your elevated patio furniture, this trash can is meant to be used during outdoor BBQs and holds more standard, less bulky trash than your curbside trash can holds. However, at 33 gallons, it still has plenty of room for food remnants, plates, and more while you’re entertaining outside. The hinged lid allows easy access but keeps the trash contained so bugs can’t get to it. With durable resin, it will resist fading so you can use it for plenty of outdoor parties to come.
2. Rubbermaid Trash Can
For heavy-duty garbage needs, this commercial trash can saves the day. Made with the highest quality materials, it will take a lot to ruin this durable outdoor trash can. It will resist fading, warping, cracking, and more. With integrated clinches, it secures the liner so you don’t have to use knots to change the liner. Rounded handles make maneuvering it a breeze, and the reinforced base is made to be able to drag over rough surfaces. Best of all, the stackable design allows you to condense multiple trash cans when not in use so you can save valuable floor space.
3. Toter Trash Can
If you just want a heavy duty outdoor trash can in a more neutral color than the colored one you might have at home, this more streamlined black version is a great option. This residential wheeled trash can is easy to move around the yard if you’re cleaning up the bushes or picking up trash, and the rugged wheels are easy to maneuver so you won’t put in a workout trying to move it around. The blackstone finish is made to last against normal wear and tear so you won’t have to replace it but every once in a blue moon.
4. Carlisle Bronco Round Waste Container
This food-safe and 10-gallon garbage can is designed to be easy to lift. The curved handles and the extra handles on the base make tipping this trash can over easier. The container is made out of plastic and has double reinforced ribs, so it won’t crack on you. Keep in mind when considering this garbage can that the lids are sold separately. It’s available in black, blue or gray.
5. Safco Products Canmeleon Outdoor/Indoor Recessed Panel Trash Can
The 38-gallon trash hides your trash bags away and makes it easy to throw away food without inadvertently touching the trash bin, thanks to the open side panels. Made out of high-density polyethylene with UV protection, this trash can won’t fade despite time spent in the sun. It’s also designed to prohibit fire from spreading, in the event that something in the trash catches on fire. The can holds 38 gallons of garbage.
6. Rubbermaid Brute Rollout Heavy-Duty Wheeled Trash
This rolling outdoor trash can has wheels with performance treads, so you can feel confident that this can won’t roll away from you when you’re taking it to the curb. The ergonomic handle makes it comfortable to move. It has a special lid that doesn’t swing closed when you’re trying to keep it open. The UV-inhibitor will prevent this can from fading in the sun.
7. KETER Rockford Resin 38-Gallon Trash Can
Sometimes the dreaded garbage juice leaks out of the garbage bag, leaving you with a sticky, smelly mess. This trash can has a fluid drawer, so you clean your trash can with little hassle. The trash bin is made out of rust-resistant resin and designed to hide trash bags, making it a relatively stylish outdoor can option. It’s made for 30-39 gallon trash bags.