How can trash cans be better designed

Privacy screen for garbage cans

Waste separation is necessary - but it means that we have to put more and more rubbish bins into it. And unfortunately they are anything but beautiful. There is now a colorful mix of blue, brown, yellow and black bins in the front yard. For the sake of simplicity, they usually disappear in unaesthetic concrete boxes. There is no shortage of alternatives: a privacy screen made of wood, willow branches, climbing plants or hedges makes a virtue out of necessity, because it shields glances in a particularly decorative way.

Privacy protection for garbage cans: an overview of the options
  • Gabions
  • Retractable garbage can bins
  • Privacy protection from plants
  • Constructions made of wood, willow, bamboo or reed
  • Garbage can boxes or cupboards
  • Custom-made cladding

Buy smaller garbage cans and check the location

Basically, you should check whether your garbage cans are actually the size you need: Perhaps you are now producing less garbage than you did a few years ago, so that a smaller one would be sufficient? The smaller the garbage can, the easier it is to hide it. Check with your local waste disposal department; the smallest available container usually holds 60 liters.

Also, think about whether there would be an alternative location for the buoys. If there is a side street to the property, the unsightly barrels can eventually move from the front yard to a back garden area. You should also clarify this with the responsible waste disposal authority. A smart solution to make garbage cans more inconspicuous are special decorative foils. Various motifs are available, such as wild wine (photo), brick wall and pile of wood - the perfect camouflage if you have a suitable background. The printed, weather-resistant PVC tarpaulins are placed around the barrel and tensioned with cable ties.

What options are there for privacy protection?

If the garbage cans are right next to or on a lawn, the simplest solution is a privacy screen made of plants, for example a thuja hedge or a privet hedge. This is especially useful when the ground beneath the barrels is not paved. Constructions made of wood, willow, bamboo or reed offer quite a large area for the wind to attack, so they should always be well attached. The privacy screen can simply be screwed onto concrete surfaces. In the case of unpaved surfaces, you should concret point or strip foundations and let in joist hangers. If the privacy screen is made of wood, a weatherproof coating is also recommended. Garbage can boxes in various sizes and designs are also offered in hardware stores.

Garbage can cabinets

With a red cladding made of durable high-pressure laminate panels and a stainless steel planter as a cover, the expandable boxes in front of the house are a gem (left). The box made of polypropylene in a wood look with automatic lid opening and shelf holders (right) offers plenty of space, not just for the garbage can. Lawn mowers, garden tools, bicycles, toys or the grill can also be stowed away weatherproof here

A large number of so-called garbage can cabinets are offered in specialist shops. Some of them are only designed for two tons, some can also be individually expanded. The assortment ranges from simple and inexpensive solutions made of wood to high-quality materials such as stainless steel. In some models, the roof is made of a large stainless steel shell, which can be individually embellished with a green roof. Some of the cabinets can also be used as normal storage space for garden tools.

Privacy protection for garbage cans: individual solutions

The advantage of self-made cladding: You can adapt it to your garden in a precise manner. A construction made of used wooden slats fits in well in a cottage garden. For a rustic look, you can shield the garbage cans on three sides with stone baskets or gabions. Walls made of aerated concrete blocks fit well into a modern, linear garden. For a natural privacy screen, climbing aids and plant boxes with trellises can be installed. Choose a fast-growing plant such as ivy, wisteria or clematis to get the best results soon.

With a little skill, climbing elements from the hardware store can be used to create a small niche that can be set up in front of the house, garage or carport. In the example above, three climbing elements were connected to one another by an open roof structure. It is best to fix the four posts in the ground with post shoes. The trellis can be planted with climbing plants, here a perennial clematis climbs up the sides. You can also place the climbing plants in sufficiently large pots with a water outlet on closed paved surfaces. Don't forget to pour!

A rubbish bin box made of wooden slats is rustic and practical. For this purpose, a frame made of four square posts and cross struts is planked with sawn roof battens. Alternatively, finished fence elements can also be combined with one another. Fix the posts in the ground with post shoes. The gate leaves are attached to the posts with hinges and can be closed with a bolt. Variable for one, two or more tons. The wooden slats are either painted with a colorless protective glaze or, as desired, tone-on-tone or multi-colored. Hydrangeas grow in the background.

Anyone who has designed their front yard in the style of a Japanese garden can score points with the neighbors with this variant in the Japanese look: Thick bamboo tubes of the desired height and width are firmly set up and firmly knotted with sisal ropes. Depending on how many garbage cans you want to stow away, choose the right lengths. Reed or willow mats from the hardware store are stretched in between. The front remains open for putting the bins in and out, the lids are freely accessible. A bamboo planted in the gravel bed provides additional privacy.