4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Waste Container

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January 22, 2020

4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Waste Container

Whether you're contemplating a major facility remodel or simply replacing some outdated site furnishings, don't forget about the importance of choosing the right trash receptacles for your space.

This can be a common item to overlook. But the right trash container can have a big impact on your brand impression – and your bottom line. Here are four things you should consider before you buy a waste receptacle.


It’s difficult to decide on the best trash container for your space if you don’t know what type of waste is being disposed there. One of the most important steps you can take is to conduct a waste audit to determine exactly what’s being thrown away. You’ll need to identify an appropriate time, place and staff resource to sort through your trash items, categorize them and report back on the most and least common trash types.


Just like in real estate, location matters when it comes to your trash container. Indoors or outside is one of the biggest factors to consider. Outdoor trash cans need to withstand wind, rain, snow and even local wildlife, so you’ll want to think about features like anchors, drainage or animal-proofing. For indoor receptacles where odor control is a primary concern, a can with a sturdy lid is a must. Whether indoors or outside, make sure you know enough about your typical trash volume to help you choose the right size container for your space.


When it comes to waste containers, design features often serve a very practical purpose. Open-top trash containers make it quick and easy to throw things away, while cans with a lid can both hide unsightly trash and enhance the visual aesthetic of your space. Color can also be used to help with waste sorting and disposal – blue for recycling, green for composting or landscaping waste, and red or yellow for hazardous materials. Customization is something to consider too, as designing a waste receptacle around your unique brand can help increase awareness and create consistency across multiple locations. Commercial Zone has helped major brands achieve these goals. See what we’ve done here.


Think about how you’ll be disposing of the waste once it’s in your trash can. This is where features like sturdy can liners, bag grips, handles or even wheels can be critical. In high-volume, heavy trash areas, invest in a quality trash liner to avoid bag breaks and their resulting mess. Quick and easy trash removal will help keep your space looking great, and help improve employee safety.

Looking to enhance or evaluate your trash container options? Contact us call us 800-782-7273 to find an option that’s right for you.