The Best Small-Space Trash Can Is $8… and Technically Not Even a Trash Can

published Nov 11, 2018
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The best trash cans are ones that make throwing stuff away a breeze, but also don’t cost an arm and a leg either. And while there’s no shortage of savvy waste receptacles on the market, what if we told you we found a trash bin that’s cheap, stylish, and technically not even a trash can?

Plastic bag trash “bins” are like an elevated version of the classic hang-a-bag-over-the-cabinet-handle move. These sleek stainless steel wonders—like the YouCopia Over the Door Plastic Bag Trash Bin (currently sold out) and OYSIR Stainless Steel Trash Bag Holder at Amazon—are designed to fit over your cabinet doors, turning any old plastic shopping bag into a pull-out cabinet trash can in seconds flat. All you have to do is slide one over your kitchen or bathroom cabinet door with a plastic bag on the hooks and voila: You’ve got yourself a faux waste bin—no mounting or installation necessary.

Not only is this makeshift waste bin super resourceful because you’re reusing your old plastic shopping bags, you won’t ever have to buy trash bags for it.

They’re also insanely small space friendly. You can place one inside a tiny bathroom or kitchen sink cabinet—or on the outside of a drawer front—and score a mini-wastebasket without taking up an inch of precious floor space.

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Did we mention these tiny trash receptacles are also unbelievably easy to move around? Translation: You can slide one over a pullout kitchen drawer to throw stuff away while chopping or cooking and then quickly move it the inside of a cabinet door to keep it out of plain sight when you don’t need it.

Still not sold on the idea of a plastic bag-slash-receptacle? Don’t forget these rust-resistant space-savers are only 10 bucks a pop. Meaning you can employ one on a bathroom drawer, under your kitchen sink, and inside a file cabinet in your home office, for about the same price you’d pay for a big, bulky (and unattractive) trash can.