Definition of dustbin in English:



  • A container for household refuse, especially one kept outside.

    North American term garbage can
    • ‘This lone dustbin clings to the side of a street lamp in front of the Deccan Herald office on the middle of the road.’
    • ‘Years ago we had one tiny dustbin and one tiny dustcart which dealt with our waste.’
    • ‘And it is certainly not a mass movement of pure libertarians sweeping interventionism into the dustbin of history.’
    • ‘A third of the contents of the average family dustbin is paper and card - easily recyclable.’
    • ‘I'm not going grubbing about in his dirty old dustbin, thank you very much, even a metaphorical one.’
    • ‘This, in turn, led to the production of lots of ashes, which were then deposited into a heavy metal dustbin.’
    • ‘If that's not your style you could go back to basics and opt for a bread bin, a 40 litre pedestal dustbin and a knife block with six to 12 knives.’
    • ‘Not a single dollar was spent on dustbins outside the fenced area.’
    • ‘I put a labelled dustbin outside the gate for the mail, to prevent the postman having to drive along the farm road.’
    • ‘A grieving wife today paid tribute to her husband who was found dead after photographing a gang of youths he allegedly saw kicking over dustbins outside their Cheshire home.’
    • ‘They later turned into Petergate and entered a chip shop where the younger man removed the purse's contents before dropping the purse into a dustbin outside.’
    • ‘In the town things are not too bad, but the pavements are terrible from the top of East Avenue to Utley; one comes across vehicles parked on the pavements and dustbins left outside premises, even when they are empty.’
    • ‘By dispensing with such waste at home rather than putting it in dustbins, householders can reduce the amount dumped in landfill.’
    • ‘The Hutton website is like a giant cyber dustbin which we can all rifle through, with no remote risk of getting caught.’
    • ‘You have eco-friendly dustbins, containers, flower baskets and hanging flower-vases, which cost lesser than those made of plastics.’
    • ‘We need public awareness programmes for the public to put the garbage only in dustbins, which should be removed everyday before it decays and spreads disease.’
    • ‘This can safely be assigned to the dustbin of nonsense, on the shelf next to the notion that the Egyptians used to zip around the sky in airplanes a few eons ago.’
    • ‘The dustbins containing my bird seed and nuts were blown over, a section of fencing was ripped out during the night.’
    • ‘Two male students, who were turned away mumbled as they left and dumped a stack of blank ballots into a dustbin outside the police post.’
    • ‘On average, households with a green box and a garden waste wheeled bin are able to reduce the amount of rubbish in their dustbin or refuse sack by one-third.’
    • ‘Maybe by applying a queer eye to the straight marriage, we can still save this essential but fading rite from history's dustbin.’
    • ‘Separate dustbins and containers are given specifically for paper.’
    • ‘When you've unpacked your presents, don't leave the empty boxes for valuable goods outside your dustbins where they can be seen.’
    • ‘Maybe we will produce our energy from hydrogen, so that fossil fuels can be consigned to history's dustbin.’
    • ‘Between 11.30 pm and 1.30 am they tackled a string of blazes started in wheelie bins, dustbins and litter bins.’
    • ‘However, if he's trying to break new ground, then why did he look in hip-hop's old school dustbin for MCs?’
    • ‘The three-metre high dustbin - a converted golf cart - was at St Ann's Square, Manchester as part of an information campaign.’
    • ‘Chicken are cut and skinned and the wastage is dumped into the nearby Corporation dustbin.’
    • ‘A huge recycling plan which will see 200,000 special dustbins used by Sheffield households has successfully got underway according to waste management contractors.’
    • ‘The opening day wobble against Longford will soon be consigned to history's dustbin but for now it serves as a salient reference point.’
    • ‘She was not at all disgusted at the sight and merely chucked it into a dustbin just outside the car.’
    • ‘Rubbish inspectors have been giving up tricks of their trade by giving householders lessons in how to pack their dustbins in a bid to encourage more recycling.’
    • ‘The anti-littering law can be implemented only after a sustained campaign to provide enough dustbins or garbage disposal means conveniently to all citizens with easy access.’
    • ‘First, they're not consigned to dustbins but to museums, which, with any luck, do precisely what your piece does: point out what we are seeing, or used to see.’
    • ‘They should be dumped in that dustbin as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Either way the lizard was eventually caught by some workers from the club in a huge dustbin and taken outside again and released back into its own habitat.’
    • ‘My task as cat tender is to go to the lucky dip and see what I can pull out from time to time. I place my prizes in a dustbin outside.’
    • ‘Indeed, there is more history made in the dustbin than outside it.’
    • ‘She finds her bottles from the dustbins of hotels in town.’
    • ‘Among the accessories were cookware and crockery, trolleys and storage racks, dustbins and garbage disposers, carpets and cleaning supplies, kitchen hardware and ventilators.’