This is the Best Car Trash Can Ever

Wouldn’t you think that if car manufacturers can perfect self-driving cars, they could also come up with a way to conquer the car trash problem?

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I’ve always thought that a built-in trash compactor would be great. Or even better, some kind of incinerator that sucks the accumulation of trash and garbage right out of the car and into a holding tank somewhere that magically converts it into purified drinking water. Or gasoline.

While waiting for that kind of invention to appear, I’ve tried plastic bags, plastic tubs, and every kind of frugal trick and tip you can imagine to handle the annoyance of car trash.

I’ve tested and tried. Some ideas are better than others, but nothing has ever proven 100% satisfactory. Until now.

Best car trash can

The Drive Bin XL is inexpensive and comes loaded with the features I would have absolutely insisted upon had anyone asked me to weigh in on the design.

Bag and Plastic

  • Extra large, 3-gallon capacity, yet compact to fit most vehicles
  • Sits on the floor or attaches to the back of headrest
  • Four solid sidewalls that do not collapse
  • Magnetic lid that hides the mess or folds back to be out of the way
  • Comes with a 10-pack of (unnecessary) disposable plastic liners because …
  • Takes standard grocery bags as liners!
  • Has side clasps to hold the plastic bag in place
  • Waterproof, super sturdy
  • Doubles as a cooler; insulated with thermal features

If I sound giddy about this discovery, that’s because I am. Giddy with joy that finally I’ve found the perfect car trash can that will work just fine until someone invents the kind of compactor or incinerator I described above.

This is the trash can every family vehicle needs to keep the car clean, tidy, and litter free. 

After using my cool new Drive Bin XL trash can for a few weeks, I turned around and bought a second one for a gift—quite possibly the best gift ever,  says my recipient.


Originally published: 3-5-15; Updated 3-14-19


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12 replies
  1. Kristine says:

    I use a cereal plastic container – mine is rectangular in shape and fits neatly on the passenger seat or on the floor. It has a top so you can keep the trash neatly inside the container and it’s easy to empty. I got mine at The Dollar Store.

  2. Deb says:

    Don’t you just love Celestial Seasonings Factory in Boulder? I’ve been there once, but since we live so close, I need to go back again!

  3. guest123 says:

    those little one dollar flashlights at walmart (they might be a little more now)that hold two aa batteries work really good for seeing in the dark…they are skinny and fit easily in your pocket…also i use those walmart bags for trash they are free…anyway the best way probably to keep your vehicle clean is not to eat at all in them…wait till you get to your destination…

  4. jerih says:

    Regarding the Adagio teapot, I was in a fancy tea shop a few years ago and was intrigued by the bottom dispensing teapot. ($25!!!!) If you don’t put the thing down exactly on the plastic holder on the bottom (an easy mistake to make), you’ll have tea dispensing all over the counter!!! Also, I found cleaning the loose tea out was a pain. Watch out for gimmicky gadgets!! Thanks for all your wonderful hints. I have to go now and prepare my next batch of laundry detergent!!

  5. Don says:

    I can’t believe someone trying to save money is going to pay almost $20 for a trash can. In our vehicles, we put a 30+ ounce cup in the cup holder. (No cost at all.) That’s our trash can. It’s easily emptied, or we can throw the whole thing away, and replace it with another cup. If we drive thru, and then eat in the vehicle, we put the trash from our meal into the bag the meal came in, and we throw it out the first time we stop.

    • Tara Hagen says:

      I use a small hard plastic- somewhat narrow- trash can. I am going velcro it to the side of the dash in front passenger seat (can also attach to back of mid-console), and also now am using any smaller plastic bags. (Cereal and chips and food/napkin packaging.. ) now that I try to use canvas and cotton bags for shopping.

  6. Anita Esser says:

    We never eat in the car. Years ago when our 4 kids were little, and we would go to the drive in movies, that is the only time that we allowed eating in the car. Every time you get home from anywhere, if there is something in the car, you take it out and dispose of it immediately. Our cars have never been messy. We are now married over 60 years. People always said our car was so clean. (Now if I could only do that to my kitchen counter)! Even when we take a trip, we stop to eat, and rest, and we don’t eat in the car. Anita

  7. Judy Kennedy Carrino says:

    I have used a small Rubbermaid tub for trash in my car for many years. It can be easily cleaned (put it in the dishwasher) and it easy to empty. I can’t stand trash in my car!

  8. Hajime Sano says:

    Thanks for the tip! I took a look on Amazon. Strangely, the 1-pack is $16.71. The 2-pack is $34.97. I promptly order two 1-packs and saved $1.55 over the 2-pack.

  9. Felicia says:

    Look no more…automakers are listening! A new built-in trash compartment is on its way to cars in the United States. I am not sure which automakers will be first to market but I am planning to find one! Ask your favorite dealers about it as well!


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