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    Garbage / litter / trash / refuse etc...

    Which should I use in the following situations? I'm in the UK, so this is a question mainly about BrE usage, although if some AmE experts would like to reply, that would also be helpful!

    (1) plastic bin under my kitchen sink - what do I call stuff that goes in it, and what do I call that bin?
    (2) bin next to my desk in the office - mostly for paper - same question as (1)?
    (3) large bin for all residents of the building, into which (1) gets emptied every few days?
    (4) bins in the street, for tourists/shoppers/etc to throw their newspapers, empty sandwich boxes etc in?

    thank you all for replies

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    Re: Garbage / litter / trash / refuse etc...

    Quote Originally Posted by euromike View Post
    Which should I use in the following situations? I'm in the UK, so this is a question mainly about BrE usage, although if some AmE experts would like to reply, that would also be helpful!

    (1) plastic bin under my kitchen sink - what do I call stuff that goes in it, and what do I call that bin? Rubbish/rubbish bin.
    (2) bin next to my desk in the office - mostly for paper - same question as (1)? Waste paper/waste paper basket.
    (3) large bin for all residents of the building, into which (1) gets emptied every few days? Rubbish/communal rubbish bin.
    (4) bins in the street, for tourists/shoppers/etc to throw their newspapers, empty sandwich boxes etc in? Litter/litter bin.

    thank you all for replies
    In the UK you most probably have a recycling bin as well.

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    Re: Garbage / litter / trash / refuse etc...

    thanks, this is interesting. So "rubbish" is just for stuff I discard in my house, but the moment I take the same empty bottle and put it in a bin in the street it becomes "litter"?

    Is "trash" only American?

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