Toronto garbage bin

Is this a better garbage bin for Toronto?

A recent OCAD grad is taking something inherently ugly and unpleasant and trying to make it pretty and functional. Hyun Sunwoo has created Moon, a new spin on Toronto's garbage bins. Since 2008, the City has installed 12,000 of the bins we have currently, which have been repeatedly criticized for breaking down, being unaccessible, and being generally unfun to use.

Toronto garbage bin

Sunwoo has submitted his invention for the James Dyson Award, which comes with a $46,000 prize. The design is simple—a ball sits on a rail, and you push it back for disposal. There are no hinges and no petal, so it's not as likely to get broken. There's a smaller sidewalk footprint, and the bins are more accessible. The new design is just a prototype, of course, and hasn't been sent to council for approval, so don't hold your breath or get too hyped about the proposed design yet.

What do you think? Is this a better garbage bin for Toronto?

Toronto garbage bin

Photos provide by Dyson Canada Ltd.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

Toronto Zoo releases video of gorillas playing with bubbles and it's so cute it hurts

It's going to be 12 C in Toronto next week as spring-like weather returns

A Toronto hospital was just ranked in the top 5 worldwide

Toronto police arrest tenant couple who scammed landlords for 10 years

Toronto has lost $8.35 billion in tourism dollars due to COVID-19 so far

Globe and Mail blasted for likening lockdown to Anne Frank hiding from Nazis

Anti-maskers grab and detain woman trying to walk through Toronto protest

Toronto announces new workplace safety rules and proactive enforcement blitz