Outdoor Cans & Tops

Outdoor Cans & Tops

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Outdoor & Commercial Trash Cans’s inventory of commercial janitorial supplies includes an extensive selection of outdoor garbage cans to fit your trash can needs as well as your budget. Our online store stocks a large variety of outdoor trash cans and trash can tops for both commercial and residential environments. We carry the best garbage cans from some of the most trusted brands and offer them to you at a considerable discount. Whether you are looking for plastic, fire resistant or metal trash cans, you can find them here in capacities ranging from 15 gallons to 95 gallons. Looking for a trash can to help enhance the aesthetics around your storefront or office entrance? We have a large selection of decorative outdoor garbage cans that will add beauty to any outdoor environment. Our stock also includes a selection of commercial trash cans that can be used in designated smoking areas for disposal of cigarettes as well as garbage. For those commercial trash cans that do not include a lid, we have an assortment of lids to choose from, including flat lids, swing tops and drum cover lids. We also carry a selection of outdoor garbage cans called the Stadium Series, ideal for sports and entertainment venues.

Who needs trash cans and lids?

We all do! Can you imagine a world without a proper, designated place to store our unwanted waste? Disease rates and deaths would rise significantly while the animal food chain and crops would be unfit for human consumption. The black plague would likely resurface while wildlife and much the human race would eventually have to rebuild for attempted future survival.

What uses do trash cans have?

Besides safely containing our waste temporarily until further removal by professionals, trash cans have a variety of other uses despite their name:

1. Use a trash can as a large mop bucket. It is strong, stands upright, and effectively holds water
2. Use a trash can with a lid as a trash composter. Not only it is less expensive, but it is much bigger allowing for more composting
3. Trash cans are great for holding long toys that fall over easily in a garage, basement or outdoors such as baseball bats, lacrosse sticks, even pool noodles or those long tubes of wrapping paper
4. Use a trash can as a sturdier laundry sorter
5. Trash cans are ideal for organizing cleaning supplies and gardening tools like brooms, rakes, weed whackers and snow shovels in addition to animal feed for farms and housing outside items like tarps and tents

When did the invention of trash cans occur?

According to, in around 1757, trash was still being dumped on the streets in America regardless of new laws prohibiting it. Benjamin Franklin started the first street cleaning service and urged the public citizens to dig pits to dispose of their waste instead.

It was until many years later in around 1930 that the first plastic trash cans begin to appear. B.F. Goodrich patented a new plastic polyvinyl chloride material to replace rubber as protection against corrosion and for adhesives. Polystyrene, a hard and shiny plastic material, was made by German firm I.G. Farben and produced by the Dow Chemical Company for use in manufacturing tackle boxes, refrigerator linings, and eventually trash cans.

Where did the first known trash can come into use?

In 1875, an official garbage collection system started in England, according to The first garbage bin receptacle was made of metal or wood and English residents were charged for weekly trash removal whether or not the receptacle was full.

It was not until 1885 that America started to catch on. The first garbage incinerator was in New York. The number of incinerators constructed in the country grew to about 200 over the next 20 years. The trash can started to take off very soon after that. 

Why do we use trash cans and lids?

Everyone generates trash and garbage that require attention on a regular basis to maintain cleanliness, safety and health in the workplace and at home. For health and safety reasons, it is imperative to purchase enough of the right size cans and bins for your business and residential needs. Garbage bins should be covered to prevent invasion by pests and insects, so lids are in important accessory. Garbage can lids also help to contain odors caused by waste. Loose trash can be a fire hazard if scattered materials like paper are allowed to blow out of the cans and around the area. Medical waste communities require very special containment efforts. Safe disposal of potentially harmful medical waste and supplies must be done in line with current safety recommendations that include using safe disposal containers. This means that used syringes, blood bags, used paper products, and items like sanitary napkins should be placed in containers that are specially designed to hold medical waste products. Recycling containers are also an important sector in the waste business. The more we can recycle and reuse, the better off our planet will be.

How can we incorporate sustainability into waste management today and in the future?

Considering that the average American produces between three and a half pounds of trash per person per day and multiplying that by the just over 300 million Americans, means that we produce roughly 18,433,779,281 cubic feet of waste per year. That is a lot of trash. Fifty-three percent of all municipal solid waste ends up in a landfill, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. Recycling rates are at about 35 percent while 13 percent of all municipal solid waste is used for energy production. We can do more. We can much more.

The 2017 Infrastructure Report Card’s Solid Waste Report suggests that product design, packaging, and material choices need to be aimed with waste prevention in mind. Increased incentives for preventing and reducing waste needs to be implemented. We all need to change our mindset on waste. From consumers to producers, from local authorities to lawmakers and even the waste treatment facilities all must make the effort to reduce waste, reuse and recycle more.

Our selection of outdoor garbage cans come in a variety of colors and styles to choose from so you can find the best one to meet your needs. Whether you are looking for plastic, expanded metal, or hooded top commercial trash cans, we’ve got them at the lowest prices around. For environmentally conscious consumers, our online superstore offers an excellent selection of recycling cans to keep recyclable trash separate from regular trash. Our outdoor commercial trash cans are easy to use and durable enough to keep outside at all times and last for many years to come. Shop our online superstore 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at your convenience. Our knowledgeable customer service agents can answer any questions you may have about our selection of outdoor trash cans. You can call our toll free number or chat live with one of these agents with just the click of a button via our website. For all of your outdoor garbage can and recycling can needs, check us out for prices no other competitor can match and the best customer service around!