Where it all Began! The Iconic Push Flap Bin

Where it all Began! The Iconic Push Flap Bin

We now see push flap bins everywhere, but when were they commercialised? Where did the idea come from? Who made them? Below is the history of the Wesco Pushboy 50L, a great achievement in the Wesco History, a simple design that is easy to use with great capacity suitable for a family home. Where would we be without them?

Design & Tradition

In the USA - the land of unlimited possibilities and unfortunately of unlimited volumes of trash as well - trash containers in the typical American dimensions of 50 litres and more have been in production since the 1920s.

These bins were originally developed for the catering trade, but soon found their way into American households. But it was not until the 1970s that the American 'trash can' celebrated its triumph as a symbol of the typically American design. This feat was achieved with the help of a German exchange student in the US: Egbert Neuhaus, the current managing director of Wesco. During his stay in Texas, one of these typically American trash cans caught his eye - and it was 'love at first sight'. Neuhaus brought the product idea back to Germany with him to his father's factory.

Due to long years of experience in metal processing the Wesco-team brought the necessary expertise to the table for re-designing the American 'trash can'. Based on the American idea of 'large volume large input flap', the body and the semi-circular lid of the trash bin were adapted to each other in such a way that the proportions were perfectly well suited to one another, and topped off by a large, technically solid input flap made of stainless steel and stable handles.

Now the only thing missing was a new name: based on the writing engraved on the flap, it was christened 'Pushboy' - the first child of an entire family which today comprises more than 20 design products.

With times moving on and people’s lifestyle habits changing, we look to recycle our rubbish rather than just through it is one big waste bin, that’s where the Push Two 50L comes into play. Still with the great same capacity you are easily able to split waste into two separate compartments, still having the same design style of the Pushboy 50L.

The choice is yours but here at Wesco Living UK we are here to help you find the perfect Kitchen Waste bin, big or small. View the range >

We have a timeline for you to show you the process the Pushboy 50L has to go through today to achieve the final product: 

Wesco Pushboy 50L How it's Made

Wesco Pushboy 50L How it's Made

Wesco Pushboy 50L How it's Made

Wesco Pushboy 50L How it's Made

Wesco Pushboy 50L How it's Made

Wesco Pushboy 50L How it's Made

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