Kitchen Garbage Disposal Types and Upgrades

Kitchen Remodeling
Small Projects and Repairs
By Alex Mikayelyan October 11, 2021

As much as we hate to admit it, there are certain parts of our home that we do not enjoy looking at. Whether you are having breakfast in the morning or are having a small dinner party in the kitchen, you most likely do not want to see a kitchen trash can that is overflowing with all kinds of unwanted sights.

Luckily, there are ways of making kitchen garbage disposal more discreet and also convenient. There are some clever kitchen trash can ideas that hide away the garbage from sight but still keep it in a convenient place that is easy to access.

Retractable Cabinet Bin

A Practical Slide-Out Trash Can, Always at Hand

A Practical Slide-Out Trash Can, Always at Hand

A very popular idea with homeowners is to place the trash can inside one of the kitchen cabinets. The problem with simply leaving it in the cabinet is that it is sometimes a little hard to reach when you have to dispose of vegetable peels and other small pieces of waste. Having to pull out the garbage can every time you want to dispose of something can be counterintuitive and also risks spilling some trash on the floor.

A pull-out trash can or retractable under sink bins are the answer to this problem. Instead of having to reach into the cabinet and pull out the trash can every time you need to dispose of waste, simply open the cabinet door and the trash can conveniently slide out. Then all you have to do is tilt your cutting board to drop your food waste directly into the pull-out bin.

Cabinet drawers are among the most practical kitchen upgrades out there. While they are not exclusively installed for garbage disposal and have plenty of other uses, pull-out cabinet shelves will make your life so much easier. With a dedicated cabinet for your garbage, you won’t have to worry about pulling out a messy bin again.

Hidden Door Trash Can

Declutter Your Kitchen Storage With a Hidden Door Trash Can

Declutter Your Kitchen Storage With a Hidden Door Trash Can

Another great way to declutter kitchen storage is by making use of your cabinet doors. Cabinet doors give you plenty of extra room to use as storage, and make it easier to reach for certain kitchen utensils, equipment, and appliances. By installing the garbage can on the door you have an easy-to-access bin that will not get in the way of other kitchen items and offers a quick place to throw garbage into.

Cabinet door bins are very easy to install and even easier to access when you are working in the kitchen. By installing the bin on the door, you still leave plenty of space in the cabinet to store other items, such as kitchen cleaning supplies. No longer will you have to push aside the trash can to reach for the bleach or window cleaner; simply open the door and have the trash can pop out with it giving you complete access to anything else that is stored in the cabinet.

Cute Recycling Bins

Sort Your Recyclables Using Specific Bins

Sort Your Recyclables Using Specific Bins

Recycling is a crucial part of making your home more sustainable and green. While it is not very hard to recycle, sometimes sorting your recyclables can be a little bit of a hassle, especially when you’re in a hurry. Accidentally dropping a glass bottle in the paper bin can be annoying especially if that happens several times a day and before you know it, all your recycling efforts have gone to waste.

There are a lot of cute recycling bins out there that make it easy to drop the right waste in the right container. Some of them are so cute that you do not even need to make them discreet and can have them out in the open. They add some additional color and spice up your kitchen interior, as well as motivate you to further expand on your green living and sustainability.

Matching the Interior

Match Your Trash Can With Your Kitchen Interior for Visual Attractiveness

Match Your Trash Can With Your Kitchen Interior for Visual Attractiveness

If there is no way to make the trash cans more discrete, then why not simply make them more appealing to the eye. Most people are used to seeing those big plastic or stainless steel garbage cans that do not look particularly attractive. Standard garbage cans serve their purpose but do not go far beyond that. But this does not mean there are no ways of implementing the garbage cans into the interior.

There are trash cans with all kinds of neat designs or colors that would easily fit with the rest of your kitchen interior. Whether they match the color schemes and aesthetics of your kitchen interior or they utilize the same material as the cabinets and furniture, there are many ways to turn the standard garbage can into an interior design element.

Drawer Trash Can

Smaller Bins Make Recycling Easier

Smaller Bins Make Recycling Easier

While having a pull-out cabinet for the trash can is great, some homeowners do not have enough room to install one in their kitchen. There is a simpler answer to this problem in the form of the drawer garbage can which would seamlessly glide out to collect all the waste that you knock into it from the counter surface.

Whenever you are wiping food waste off the counter or the cutting board the garbage drawer makes for a convenient shortcut to dump it all into. It can be problematic to throw food prep waste in the garbage because more waste seems to get on the floor than it does in the bin itself. This is why a trash can in the drawer can be more convenient than simply dumping it in the sink food waste disposer. It offers a quick way to dispose of food waste when cooking and is also handy for emptying plates after dinner.

Smart Trash Can

Smart Garbage Cans Can Be a Good Addition to Your Kitchen

Smart Garbage Cans Can Be a Good Addition to Your Kitchen

With how much technology has made its way into our homes and lives, are we surprised that there are smart bins? An automatic trash can is a neat high-tech waste disposal solution that offers several benefits over conventional garbage bins.

Having to look into the bin to see if it is full can be a little disgusting. Luckily, smart bins can tell you exactly how full they are without you having to look into them. The smart touchless trash can has an automatic opening mechanism that keeps you from having to touch the germ-ridden lid every time you want to throw something out. Some automatic kitchen trash cans are also self-sealing after they are full, which means you will come into minimal contact with garbage any time you wish to dispose of it.

Color-Coding

Color Coding Makes Your Kitchen More Aesthetically-Pleasing

Color Coding Makes Your Kitchen More Aesthetically-Pleasing

While this may not make your kitchen trash more discreet, it will surely make your trash can look more stylish. Color coding the bin bags will help you keep your waste organized and bring some much-needed color to a part of the kitchen that usually does not have much of it.

While mostly used for organizing the recyclable waste you can also color code it for other uses as well. For example, many homeowners who like to garden will collect waste for compost. You can color-code one of the bins to collect all the waste you will need for composting. Keeping the trash more organized like this will help you reduce the mass in your trash cans and help them look more appealing. Yes, even garbage can look appealing to some extent and it is just a matter of keeping them properly organized and color-coded.

Written by
Alex Mikayelyan

Written by Alex Mikayelyan