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Garden Hacks: 10 Genius Ideas to Hide Trash Cans

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Garden Hacks: 10 Genius Ideas to Hide Trash Cans

October 20, 2017

Ever since the invention of municipal garbage pickup in 1875 (when the filth in London’s streets got to be too much for Parliament to stomach), there have been trash bins. Or “moveable receptacles,” as the English put it in those days.

Whether you call yours garbage cans, dust boxes, or wheelie bins, chances are that your moveable receptacles are not adding to the curb appeal of your home. The solution? Conceal the cans.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ideas to discreetly disguise the trash cans, including tiny storage sheds, roof garden camouflage, sidewalk boxes, and woven willow panels. Here are 10 ways to hide the garbage:

Garbage Houses

 Müllhäus means &#8\2\20;garbage house&#8\2\2\1; in German and Passau, Germany-based Traumgarten has a collection of standard size and custom Müllhäuser with larch wood panels and high-pressure laminate plate doors. Some models have plant trays on top for roof gardens. For more information and prices, see Traumgarten.
Above: Müllhäus means “garbage house” in German and Passau, Germany-based Traumgarten has a collection of standard size and custom Müllhäuser with larch wood panels and high-pressure laminate plate doors. Some models have plant trays on top for roof gardens. For more information and prices, see Traumgarten.

Roof Garden Camouflage

A Garden Shed With Planter Roof with a cedar roof with a waterproof rubber membrane hides two garbage bins; \$995 CAD (\$797.50 US) from Redwood Sheds.
Above: A Garden Shed With Planter Roof with a cedar roof with a waterproof rubber membrane hides two garbage bins; $995 CAD ($797.50 US) from Redwood Sheds.
With a top layer of greenery, nobody notices if your curbside cabinets are hiding a rubbish bin or two or five.

Willow 3-Panel Screens

A folding Willow Tri-Panel Trash Can Cover has a steel frame and is adjustable; it is \$\149.95 from Plow & Hearth.
Above: A folding Willow Tri-Panel Trash Can Cover has a steel frame and is adjustable; it is $149.95 from Plow & Hearth.
If you have multiple trash bins, you can connect the panels to create a larger enclosure.

DIY Willow Screens

With Brainded Willow Panels available in two sizes (36 inches and 7\2 inches wide), you can make a custom size screen to hide trash bins and garbage cans. Prices per panel range from \$56.87 to \$98.6\2 depending on size from Master Garden Products.
Above: With Brainded Willow Panels available in two sizes (36 inches and 72 inches wide), you can make a custom size screen to hide trash bins and garbage cans. Prices per panel range from $56.87 to $98.62 depending on size from Master Garden Products.

False Fence

Above: Maria of the gardening blog Almbacken installed a black panel attached to her fance to serve as backdrop to her Swedish garden and a clever cache for her garbage and recycling units. Photograph by Maria Dremo Sundstrom. See more in Garden Visit: At Home with Maria Dremo Sundström in Sweden.

Make your own fence extension with a Horizontal Slatwall Panel ($59.95 for a 4-by-8-foot panel at Store Supply Warehouse). Paint or stain it to match the color of your existing fence.

Dustbinbox

A Dustbinbox from Augsburg, Germany-based design@gartenhaus conceals trash cans in a sturdy storage container that’s stylish enough for the front garden. See more in Curb Appeal: A Design-Worthy Dustbinbox to Conceal Trash Cans.
Above: A Dustbinbox from Augsburg, Germany-based design@gartenhaus conceals trash cans in a sturdy storage container that’s stylish enough for the front garden. See more in Curb Appeal: A Design-Worthy Dustbinbox to Conceal Trash Cans.

Tamper-proof (take means you, raccoons) and weather-resistant, a metal storage container is a good choice for an exposed spot on the side of the house.

CitiBins

With aluminum frames and side panels made of bamboo composite, a two-door CitiBin modular kit is sized to house a 44-gallon round can or a 30-gallon rectangular can; from \$\2,850 to \$8,\250 depending on the number of modules.
Above: With aluminum frames and side panels made of bamboo composite, a two-door CitiBin modular kit is sized to house a 44-gallon round can or a 30-gallon rectangular can; from $2,850 to $8,250 depending on the number of modules.

Designed to fit in a small city front yard, multiple CitiBin kits can be connected to create storage for a multi-unit apartment building.

Reclaimed Pallet Bins

A Trash And Recycling Bin made from reclaimed pallets is 34 inches long, 34 inches tall, and \18 inches deep; \$399.99 from S & S Pallet Creations.
Above: A Trash And Recycling Bin made from reclaimed pallets is 34 inches long, 34 inches tall, and 18 inches deep; $399.99 from S & S Pallet Creations.
Put the recycling can into a bin made from recycled wood for a double win.

City Sidewalk Boxes

A freestanding MetroBox comes fully assembles and is designed to hide two 3\2-gallon garbage cans; \$\1,000 plus \$50 delivery fee within New York City.
Above: A freestanding MetroBox comes fully assembles and is designed to hide two 32-gallon garbage cans; $1,000 plus $50 delivery fee within New York City.

Weather-resistant and sized to sit against the side of a townhouse stoop, a MetroBox has both lids and doors for easy access.

Mini Garden Sheds

A Storage Shed with lockable doors and a lift-up lid for easy access can be used to hide trash bins and garbage cans (it&#8\2\17;s varmint proof); \$\29\2.93 at Hayneedle.
Above: A Storage Shed with lockable doors and a lift-up lid for easy access can be used to hide trash bins and garbage cans (it’s varmint proof); $292.93 at Hayneedle.
Small storage sheds can play dual roles. Measure your trash bins and buy a shed in which they’ll fit snugly.

Ventilated Lean-tos

With room for both a recycling can and a trash bin, a ventilated spruce Double Wheelie Bin Cover is &#8\2\20;the ultimate concealment&#8\230;the perfect camouflage for your unsightly bins, offering both disguise and protection, all incased within a stylishly crafted frame.&#8\2\2\1; It is £\275 from Garden Trading.
Above: With room for both a recycling can and a trash bin, a ventilated spruce Double Wheelie Bin Cover is “the ultimate concealment…the perfect camouflage for your unsightly bins, offering both disguise and protection, all incased within a stylishly crafted frame.” It is £275 from Garden Trading.
A pitched roof directs rain and snow away from the trash bins.

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