13 Futuristic Trash and Recycle Bin Designs

Futuristic trash bin designs

These aren’t your average trashcans! Believe it or not, trash and recycle bin design has come a long way. Although most of us probably still use the basic cylindrical waste basket design used for decades, there are plenty of other options out there.

From recycle bins with full-fledge built-in computers to garbage cans with onboard vacuum cleaners, garbage bins now feature technology we would’ve never imagined 20 years ago. Here are some of the best examples of futuristic trash and recycle bins for 2012 and beyond…

Ovetto Recycling Bin

This egg-shaped contraption designed by Italian designer Gianluca Soldi looks like something out of Star Wars. It features three separate color-coded compartments to make recycling much more organized.

ovetto recycle bin

Via: Inhabitat

Eva Solo Bin

While it sort of resembles an “old school” style trashcan, the Eva Solo Bin is anything but. The stainless steel look is attractive, but the real innovation is in the lid. The lid balances on top of the bin without hinges, so it can open from any side. The rubber bag liner is easy to replace as well. This is a perfect example of simple, effective design.


The e-Bin is an electronic recycling bin featuring touchscreen technology that “knows” when it’s full and tells you where the next nearest e-Bin is located. It also informs the recycling company to come empty it. It uses solar power to operate and is made from tough, lightweight carbon fiber material, so it’s ideal for indoor and outdoor use.

e-bin solar powered recycling bin

Via: Design.fr

Renew Recycling Bins

Already a staple of London’s city streets, Renew Recycling Bins are now making their way to New York City in 2012.

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These innovative recycle bins feature dedicated slots for newspaper waste and bottles/cans, and are built so well that they’re actually bomb-proof! Each of these futuristic recycle bins also features large LCD screens for displaying local weather, news, and subway status information. Not surprisingly, each one of these recycle bins is rather expensive. The city forks over $47,000 per unit.

renew recycle bin-bomb proof recycling container

Via: Inhabitat

Dumpsters are another convenient way to dispose of unwanted waste and junk.


The Minus is unlike any trashcan on the market. It works by chilling the garbage to eliminate smells and prevent bacterial growth.

The cool blue lighting on the lid of the contraption is designed to kill and prevent bacteria, while the cooler grills along the inner-walls of the trashcan keep the garbage cold. The temperature is fully adjustable and is powered by a small electrical engine at the bottom of the bin.

The Minus looks cool and definitely futuristic, but whether or not it actually works as advertised is up for debate.

the minus trash bin

Via: YankoDesign


The BIN is an attractive-looking trash bin that offers functionality far beyond what your old waste bin delivers (which is nothing!).

The BIN features a built-in powered sweeper that remains hidden within the body of the trashcan until it’s pulled out and used to clean the floor. When the sweeping is done, simply remount it back into its slot on the BIN. Best of all, the BIN automatically cleans out the sweeper once remounted and recharges it so it’s ready for next time.

the bin-sweeping trash can

Via: YankoDesign

Design by OMC

OMC Design Studios is a product design and consultancy firm based in Italy. It has produced several awesome trash bin designs that look more like works of art than trashcans. Check out a few of OMC’s designs below…

omc design- trash bins

Via: OMC Design


Billed as the “lightest and thinnest” garbage can in the world, the Flexibin is made from a single piece of thin metal molded to form the basic contour of a trashcan. It’s a perfect choice for anyone with a minimalist design sense.

flexibin-trash bin

Via: Dornob.com

Recycling Garbage Dump

Created by Miren Arrieta-Odria, a designer and engineer living in Spain, the Recycling Garbage Dump (not sure if that’s the actual name of the prototype) is designed for those living in small apartments or homes with limited space.

This design allows you to separate different types of recyclables while taking up very little floor space. The vertically designed recycle bin features four compartments stacked on top of one another. Each one is color coded and easily removable. It’s a viable design that is both simple and smart.

recycling garbage dump-trashcan

Via: CargoCollective.com

The Cuum

The Cuum (as in “vacuum”) combines the functionality of a dustbin with that of a vacuum. It looks like a regular trashcan, with the exception of the power cord. However, the Cuum features a small electric motor in the bottom of the bin that sucks up dirt, filters the dust, and neatly tucks it away in the bin.

All you have to do is sweep dirt and dust toward the base of the Cuum, and it takes care of the rest. No more dustpan…Woohoo!

cuum trash bin

Via: YankoDesign

Is unwanted junk or rubbish piling up in your home or business? Get rid of it with a dumpster.