My litter bins collection: gathering street trash cans captures around the world. Weird?
So I’ve been traveling with a camera for as long as I can remember. Some 10 or 15 years ago, I randomly started taking pictures of litter bins in the streets. I didn’t even notice at first I was doing this on most trips I was taking. As I’m going through my pictures to pull out memorable and unique places I’ve been to in the 90+ countries I have visited so far (do see my travel map), I am gathering them onto this page (scroll down to see the gallery) and on a dedicated Instagram account @worldlitterbins.
Yes, I photograph street trash cans. You might think it’s weird but if you take a closer look you will find beauty in those bins, and they serve a right purpose! Why did I do that? well it started with the fact that some are really beautiful and interesting. But now I end up with a collection of them, and I thought it was not fair to just keep them for myself, so here they are! As I find more on my drives, I will add them to this post 🙂 I had lots of pictures on my phone, but as it got stolen in South Africa and I didn’t think they were important (?!?!) I didn’t back them up. Red flag!
Facts about the urban litter bins I have seen… Why wouldn’t litter bins deserve attention?
- they are are often red, orange, or green. Those are eye catching colors and you have no excuse not to put your garbage in the bins!
- green bins are often seen in parks or close to trees!
- Some cities or even countries seem to pick a similar shape for their street litter bins!
- some are really matching the aesthetics of the area, some even look like perfect camouflage!
- some are really creative looking so you can’t really miss them!