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Design trash cans and pedal garbage cans - how to find the right model for your home

  1. Why waste separation is so important
  2. What belongs separately and where it belongs in?
  3. Size and capacity
  4. The right waste garbage can for the kitchen and bathroom
  5. The ideal material
  6. Conclusion

1. Trash cans and pedal garbage cans - why waste separation is so important

Every year, German households produce over 40 million tons of household waste. A large part of this is packaging waste. This cannot always be avoided, but it is important to recycle as much waste as possible in order to save natural resources and reduce energy consumption. Waste separation is the key point here, because in order to produce high-quality recycled material, the waste should be as little contaminated as possible and disposed of in suitable categories. With a few simple steps, waste separation at home is not complicated at all and the environment is relieved.

2. What belongs separated and where it belongs in?

To make waste separation at home easy, use a separate waste garbage can for each type of waste. These categories are distinguished:

  • Material: This includes plastic, aluminum, tinplate and material composites such as beverage cartons or coated packaging.
  • Organic waste: Everything that is biodegradable belongs in here. This includes kitchen waste, green waste, coffee grounds including filters, tea with tea bags and food leftovers (also cooked).
  • Glass: As the name suggests, glass bottles and disposable glasses are disposed of here.
  • Paper: Everything made of paper goes here - cardboard, cartons, egg cartons, magazines and newspapers.
  • Residual waste: Everything that cannot be assigned to the above categories is disposed of here, e.g. hygiene articles, rubber, leather, porcelain, fabric scraps, soiled paper, deep-frying grease, vacuum cleaner bags and animal litter.

3. Size and capacity of waste garbage cans

Depending on the place of use and the size of the household, the capacity of waste bins and pedal bins plays a decisive role:

Bathrooms and toilets.
Predominantly here residual waste, such as hygiene articles, but also material in the form of shampoo and shower gel bottles are disposed of , which is why waste garbage cans and pedal bins with a capacity of up to seven liters are perfectly adequate for the bathroom .

Kitchen, utility room and storeroom
The garbage volume in the kitchen is however clearly higher and it concerns predominantly bio garbage, remainder garbage and material . In addition glass and paper come, which can be collected however also well in storerooms or housekeeping areas.

For the kitchen therefore waste garbage cans, which have a capacity of at least 20 - better 30 liters each - are the right choice . To separate everything properly, there is the option of placing several trash cans or make use of a waste garbage can with an integrated separation system. If there is little space or a family household, trash cans with an integrated compressor are also an option, so that the volume of packaging waste is reduced.

4. The right trash can for the kitchen and bathroom

The mechanism for opening the trash can and the opening itself, as well as the capacity, define the place of use of the trash can.

In the bathroom are suitable especially the following types of trash cans, each of which has its own advantage:

  • Pedal bins (1) are very practical, as you do not have your hands free and do not have to bend down in smaller models. The opening is also relatively large.
  • Swing top bins (2) allow for one-handed use.
  • Open Small opening trash cans (3) are convenient for small trash disposal and do not require contact with hands or feet.
  • Small waste garbage cans with separation system (4) are best for sorting residual waste and packaging waste in the bathroom.
The right trash can for kitchen and bathroom

Viktoria furnishing expert Tips for advisors "Bathrooms and guest bathrooms are among the smallest rooms in most households, so it's especially important here to convey calm and order while still having everything you need at your fingertips. Series items are the best choice for combining both - an effortlessly cohesive look with the help of a trash can, soap dispenser and toilet brush." - Viktoria, interior design expert

In the kitchen, utility room and storage room these trash cans are especially practical:

  • Pedal bins (2) also have the advantage in the kitchen that the hands do not have to be used to open them - especially if they are not clean when handling in the kitchen.
  • Swing lid bins (1) make it possible to use with just one hand, just like in the bathroom.
  • Trash cans with lids (3 + 4) have the advantage of a large opening for the disposal of large waste. Therefore, they are particularly suitable for the disposal of residual waste as well as material.
The right trash can for every room

Organic waste requires a different waste garbage can. This should be collected in contrast to residual waste and material not in an additional bag, but without a bag or only in paper bags. Alternatively, you can wrap wet organic waste, such as potato peels, in kitchen paper or line the organic waste garbage can with kitchen paper.

Since organic waste tends to smell, small organic waste garbage cans - ideally also with odor filters - are recommended to avoid collecting too much organic waste.

5. The ideal material for trash cans

Plastic, metal, stainless steel and rubber are the best materials for trash cans because they are all strong, sturdy and easy to clean both inside and out. In addition, each material still has its own advantage:

  • Plastic allows for a wide variety of colors and has only a low dead weight.
  • Stainless steel looks high-quality and integrates seamlessly, especially in modern kitchens.
  • Metal also allows a wide range of colors and, depending on the design, supports the popular industrial look.
  • Rubber is a natural product and creates an exciting contrast to its use through its haptics.
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6. Conclusion - this is what you should consider when buying a trash can

  • When separating waste, the categories of material, organic waste, glass, paper and residual waste should be distinguished.
  • In the bathroom, a capacity of up to 7 liters is ideal , since primarily small-sized residual waste is disposed of. In addition, trash cans with discreet openings and a separation system are suitable for disposing of packaging waste from shampoo and the like separately from hygiene products.
    - For the kitchen , where all types of waste can be disposed of, several waste garbage cans in the form of pedal garbage cans or buckets with a flap, each with a capacity of at least 20 liters , are best suited.
  • The best materials for trash cans are plastic, metal, stainless steel and rubber, as they are not only stable and robust, but also easy to clean .

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