dustbin

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A dustbin means a large container with a lid, used for putting rubbish/garbage in, usually kept outside the house.

I’d like to know how to say a small container with a lid, used for putting rubbish/garbage in, usually kept inside the house.
 

emsr2d2

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In the UK, that's also called a dustbin, usually shortened to "bin". In an office, it's sometimes called a "waste paper basket" even if it's not an actual basket.
We usually differentiate by using the name of the room it's in or its purpose.

Please put that in the kitchen bin.
Can you please empty the bathroom bin?
Put it in the recycling bin. (This could be a small one indoors or a larger one outside.)
It's bin day! (That's the day the council come and empty the large bin outside each house.)
 

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AmE would probably use 'trashcan'. It may or may not have a lid. The same term is used from large exterior containers to small interior containers.

Other AmE terms vary by region, but you might also hear terms like 'garbage can'. We also use 'wastepaper basket', but that's usually reserved for those small (typically lidless) containers you might keep in the bathroom, next to your desk, or in a bedroom.
 

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Ready for your bin lesson? OK, here we go:

1. Public/street litter bin
Litter bin public.jpeg
2. Household rubbish bin (outside the house) Colours differ
Rubbish bin.jpeg

3. Household recycling bin (outside the house) Colours differ

Recycling bin.jpeg

4. Pedal bin (small, indoors, usually bathroom or large, indoors, usually kitchen)
Pedal bin.jpeg

5. Swing bin (indoors, usually kitchen)
Swing bin.jpg

6. Recycling box (indoors or outdoors)

Recycling box.jpeg
 
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