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Buyers Guide To Trash Receptacles


There can be a lot of things to consider when shopping for commercial trash receptacles. At Dawn Enterprises we offer a wide variety of trash receptacles in various materials and designs, including several lid options for most of our trash cans. In order to help ensure you get the right product the following buyers guide can help guide you in addition to our knowledgeable sales team. View our buyers guide below.

Price Point:

Deciding on a budget is the obvious place to begin when thinking about buying a commercial trash receptacles. The amount you are prepared to spend can impact the features, size, and material of the receptacle.

Indoor/ Outdoor:

Where will the trash receptacle be placed? When you are selecting receptacles for indoors or outdoors placement, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How often will the receptacle get emptied?  This will affect the size or gallon capacity you choose.
  • Will the receptacle be under a roof, shade or awning cover?  This may affect which lid you choose.
  • Am I concerned with theft or vandalism? This may affect the weight or material you choose as well as additional security options, such as chain kits.
  • Will the receptacle get placed in direct sunlight or will it endure extreme weather conditions?  This is help guide you in deciding the right material to choose.

Styles/ Materials:

At Dawn Enterprises we offer several material to choose from for our trash receptacles. These include Concrete, Metal, Plastic, and Stone Aggregate. Each material has its unique advantages, contact our sales team if you need help determining which material is best suited for your property.

Lid Types:

Picking the proper lid is important for both style and functionality. For example we offer drive thru chutes, intended to make it easier for people to dispose of trash from their vehicle, Dome Top lids which provide a protective shield from rain, snow and outdoor elements, as well as lids that are marked for recycling and more.


The durability of a receptacle can vary based on the materials used; all of our cans offer great durability for their respective price point.

Size / Capacity:

Size and gallon capacity will vary depending on where the trash receptacle will be used.

Feel free to speak with our sales team about any of the above factors and they can assist you in selecting the right product for your property.