When it comes to dustbins, with all the colorful variously-shaped plastic models available, you may be forgiven for believing there is just no substitute for a good old-fashioned, old school, galvanised dustbin. Virtually indestructible, it lasts basically forever, and you can safely put anything you want into it from compost to scrap metal to animal feed to live ashes.
Standard 90-litre dustbins can also be found in powder-coated coloured finishes such as red or cream. (Powder coating is the superior way to colourize steel or aluminium--the coating is applied in a fine powder and heated so it is many times more durable than liquid paint.) For household use in a nostalgic vein, assortments of 15-litre dustbins can be had in a variety of cheerful colours?great for waste bins or child?s toy bins. eBay offers a large selection of top-quality, U.K.-made steel dustbins, often at a fraction of in-store prices. For the serious gardener or the no-nonsense householder, there is simply nothing better.