Waste Container

1966 Trash Cans
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Back in 1966, well before recycling became commonplace, all that existed was one kind trash can and old barrels where combustible trash was burned. Smoke, even hazardous smoke, was not considered a threat to health back then.


Waste Container   •  Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 4 August 2010)   •  (Negative scanned March 2009)   •  (Photo taken in 1966)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #200903_0947BCXST
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Modern Looking
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A modern looking container awaited modern scraps. Note the space on top for recyclable materials.


Waste Container   •  Rincon Park, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 28 April 2008)   •  (Photo taken in 2006)   •  © 2006 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #20060000_01
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Dumpster Lurked
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A dumpster internal link lurked by stairs behind a business. The rails on the side allow a garbage truck to easily pick up the dumpster and empty it into the top of the truck.


Waste Container   •  Financial District, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 28 April 2008)   •  (Photo taken in 2006)   •  © 2006 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #20060000_03
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Concrete Container
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A middle aged can under the Transamerica Pyramid showed one attempt to design waste containers that vandals could not easily tip over. Made of concrete, they were stout and very bottom heavy, but were occasionally tipped anyway.


Waste Container   •  Financial District, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 28 April 2008)   •  (Photo taken in 2006)   •  © 2006 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #20060000_05
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Behind A Fence
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One problem with modern trash pickup is that the only place to store waste containers in an apartment complex is behind the building. When the building borders the street, the backyard can become an unsightly collection of containers.


Waste Container   •  Rockridge area, Oakland, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 28 April 2008)   •  (Photo taken in 2006)   •  © 2006 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #20060000_07
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Square Is Heavier
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Square is the new round in trash cans. Where concrete is used to create a heavy container immune from tipping, a square with a cylinder inside is even heavier.


Waste Container   •  (2006) Near Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 28 April 2008)   •  (Photo taken in 2006)   •  © 2006 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #20060000_09
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A Huge Dumpster
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A huge dumpster internal link is used at construction or deconstruction sites. Typically filled with demolition waste, they are often topped of with regular trash contributions from around the neighborhood.


Waste Container   •  (2006) Coastal Trail, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 28 April 2008)   •  (Photo taken in 2006)   •  © 2006 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #20060000_11
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Garbage Faced Crow
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Edible bits of trash could be found near the base of a waste container. In the city one would expect rats or pigeons, but at a freeway rest stop, a crow appeared.


Waste Container   •  Somewhere on I-5, Oregon   •  (Photo posted Monday 28 April 2008)   •  (Photo taken in 2006)   •  © 2006 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #20070000_01
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Concrete With Door
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One design for concrete waste containers included a door on the side. That eliminated the need to lift the trash out of the top of the container.


Waste Container   •  (2007) San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 28 April 2008)   •  (Photo taken in 2006)   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #20070000_03
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Metal For Hot Waste
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Along the California Coastal Trail in San Francisco was an arrangement of barbecue sites. Central to them was this special metal can to receive expended and even still hot charcoal waste.


Waste Container   •  Coastal Trail, San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 28 April 2008)   •  (Photo taken in 2007)   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #20070000_05
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Additional Containers
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For the most part, concrete public waste containers stood alone. But here was one with additional non-trash containers next to it.


Waste Container   •  Lyon Street internal link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 28 April 2008)   •  (Photo taken in 2007)   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #20070000_07
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Royal Parks London
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Fancy litter containers were found in London's Hyde Park. Note the icon embossed on the side of the container.


Waste Container   •  Hyde Park internal link London, England   •  (Photo posted Monday 28 April 2008)   •  (Photo taken in 2007)   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #20070000_09
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Dumpster In Paris
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A green plastic dumpster seemed a little out of place in a tragically beautiful place like Pere Lachaise cemetery.


Waste Container   •  Pere Lachaise cemetery internal link Paris, France   •  (Photo posted Monday 28 April 2008)   •  (Photo taken in 2007)   •  © 2007 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #20070000_10
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"Steffi" In Germany
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A waste container among weeds in the middle of the University district of Karlsruhe. "Steffi Bleibt" which means "If Steffi" was stenciled on the side.


Waste Container   •  University area, Karlsruhe internal link Germany   •  (Photo posted Monday 28 April 2008)   •  (Photo taken 13:46:34 Saturday 8 March 2008)   •  © 2008 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #KarlsruheGermany_0844B
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Tall And Thin In Costa Rica
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A tall thin waste container in San José, Costa Rica almost looked like a gangly creature waiting with its capacious mouth open.


Waste Container   •  San José internal link Costa Rica   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 4 August 2010)   •  (Photo taken 12:24:38 Sunday 7 September 2008)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #SanJoseCostaRica_3037BCX
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Corroded But Still In Use
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The classic American galvanized steel waste container. Wear and abuse have reduced its character over the years, but it still found use in the weeds at the edge of the campground.


Waste Container   •  Caswell Memorial State Park internal link Ripon, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 4 August 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:46:58 Saturday 30 May 2009)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #CasswellCampground_4953BCX
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