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?

Inside of a car with every nook and cranny stuffed with trash

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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.

Drive Bin is the perfectly sized car trash bin that comes with all the features we need at a super affordable price

  • 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.

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

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10 replies
  1. Felicia
    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!

  2. Hajime Sano
    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.

  3. Judy Kennedy Carrino
    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!

  4. Anita Esser
    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

  5. Don
    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.

  6. jerih
    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!!

  7. guest123
    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…

  8. iggiesr4me
    iggiesr4me says:

    Forget using a battery-powered LED lantern. The best thing to buy is this lantern – Goal Zero Lighthouse. It is charged either by solar power or by cranking it.It’s VERY easy to use & you never have to worry about the batteries being dead. It also has a USB port, so you can recharge your phones!

    They’re a little pricey – between $50-60, but they’re worth every penny. It has a handle, so it can be carried, and which also converts it so that it can stand up. Love it. We bought 3 – one for every floor of our house – and they’ve come in handy during power outages, etc. After we bought them, we threw out every flashlight we had in the house. Inevitably, when we most needed the flashlights, the batteries were dead. With this Goal Zero 32001 Lighthouse, that will never happen again.

  9. Deb
    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!


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