8 Best Garbage Cans for Dog and Cat Poop

Do-do is something all pet owners must deal with. Make the process slightly less unpleasant with these top-rated cat and dog poop trash cans.

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Pet Garbage Disposal Via Amazon.com

How To Choose the Best Cat and Dog Poop Can

We love our pets, but cleaning up after them is not one of our favorite chores. And once you pick up or scoop the poop, what do you do with it?

Put it in a cat and dog poop trash can, just as you do with normal household rubbish. Many of our featured cat and dog poop trash cans hold the mess until trash day, when you tie off the can liner and toss it into the regular garbage bin for weekly pick up.

Properly disposing of pet waste is important for your family and community. When buying a cat or dog poop trash can, look for these important features:

  • Capacity. Do you have one little dog, several cats or a team of Siberian huskies? Be sure the receptacle you choose can hold at least a week’s worth of their poop.
  • Leak-proof. The can top should be airtight and seal securely to contain the contents and smells.
  • Material. Plastic is lightweight and won’t rust. Stainless steel and aluminum are durable, long-lasting and best for storing outdoors. Whichever kind you buy, be sure it’s washable.
  • Hygiene. Bins that come with foot pedals, disposable or reusable liners help stop germs and bacteria from spreading.
  • Cost. Basic bins can go for around $15, while flashy ones can be as much as $400.

In the market for cat and/or dog poop trash can you can count on? Our list gives you lots of top-notch options.

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Litter Champ Via Amazon.com

Litter Champ Cat Litter Disposal System

The Litter Champ Premium Odor-Free Cat Litter Disposal System works equally well for cat and dog poop-filled bags. The foot pedal permits hands-free deposits, and the spring-loaded lid seals tight to keep odors at bay. (Motion sensor trash cans are also great at keeping odors at bay with their feature enhanced odor control.)

Because it has such a large capacity (four gallons), it’s ideal for families with multiple pets. And there’s a childproof lock to keep little hands out.

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Paw Pail Pet Waste Via Amazon.com

PawPail Pet Waste Station

The PawPail Pet Waste Station mounts any place outdoors — on a fence post, atree or the side of the garage. (Mounting system sold separately.)

The PawPail continuously circulates air through a perforated basket as an activated carbon air filter absorbs bad smells. No pail liners are necessary because the station dispenses refillable, biodegradable poop bags. An additive helps the bags break down faster.

Amazon reviewer Ms. Sturry gave the PawPail five stars. She writes: “The Paw Pail system adds to the cleanliness factor. It is convenient, well thought out and a terrific system for properly disposing of dog waste while not smelling up the side of the house and dog run.”

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Arm And Hammer Swivel Bin Via Chewy.com

Arm & Hammer Swivel Bin

We love the way the Arm & Hammer Swivel Bin and Rake Backyard Waste Pickup works in unison to make the unpleasant task of picking up after your pet in the yard easier.

The rake features an adjustable handle that extends up to 32 inches for less bending. The bin provides optimum odor control thanks to the bonus waste bags infused with Arm & Hammer’s famous baking soda. The bags hook to either side of the swivel bin. Slide the bag off and tie off using the looped handles. You’ll never need to touch poop again.

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Doggie Dooly Via Amazon.com

Doggie Dooley

An ingenious little gizmo, go underground (the poop, that is!) with the Doggie Dooley: The Original In-Ground Dog Waste Disposal System. The miniature septic tank breaks down waste with a non-toxic, once-weekly Waste Terminator tablet and water.

Dig a hole about four feet deep and place the Dooley into the ground. Harmless enzymes turn dog poop from solid to a ground-absorbable liquid. It’s ideal for most soil conditions (except hard clay), won’t hurt trees or shrubs and doesn’t require plastic bags.

“Although it took some work to dig a hole down deep enough, this thing is worth every penny,” writes one five-star Amazon reviewer. “I walk the yard every day on scoop the poop duty, and then empty it into the Dooley.”

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Petfusion Portable Outdoor Garbage Via Amazon.com

PetFusion Portable Outdoor Pet Waste Disposal

The PetFusion Portable Outdoor Pet Waste Disposal is a simple, lightweight bin that makes easy work of picking up after your dog. We love how the handle locks down the lid using a silicone gasket to block odors. It’s topped with a UV and weather-resistant coating,

The side-mounted bag dispenser works with almost every type of poop bag sold and built-in snaps on the inner bucket keep the liner securely in place. The PetFusion ships with a complimentary starter charcoal deodorizer and five liner bags. Amazon reviewers give it 4.5 stars.

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Pet Garbage Can Via Garbagecanflytrap.com

Premium Dog Waste Can

It’s well-known that poop attracts flies. The inventive Premium Dog Waste Trash Can lures those pesky airborne insects in through a small hole on the top of the can, where a flypaper-lined trap awaits them. When the trap is full, press the quick-release button and the cartridge drops right into the trash. No touching dead flies, ever!

Other outstanding contactless features include a foot pedal to open the cover and an inner bucket with a handle for easy waste disposal. It comes with four flytrap cartridges. Refills sold separately.

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Litter Genie XLVia Amazon.com

Litter Genie XL Pail

Approved by feline expert and YouTuber Jackson Galaxy, the Litter Genie XL Pail provides maximum smelly cat litter control. Just scoop up the clumps, drop them into the five-layer bag, close the lid and pull the handle.

Litter Genie’s airtight design keeps the stink contained, even when the lid is open. It holds up to 14 days of kitty waste to keep your house smelling so fresh people might not know you have a cat.

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Mohapdog Poo Vault Via Chewy.com

MoHapDog Original PooVault Dog Poop Bag Holder

When you’re out walking your dog, wouldn’t it be nice to have someplace to put the bags of dog poop until you can dispose of them properly? The MoHapDog Original PooVault Dog Poop Bag Holder is small, lightweight and portable, as well as leak-proof and airtight to lock in smells and solids.

“This is perfect!” writes one Chewy.com reviewer. “It can clip to a belt or on the leash so you are hands-free. There is no smell! The vault says it’s good for dogs up to 55 lbs. Mine is 70 lbs. and there is no issue with volume.”

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Toni DeBella
Toni DeBella is a culture and lifestyle writer, reviews expert and DIY enthusiast covering everything from pests to painting to pool cabanas. Based in a medieval hill town in central Italy, when Toni isn’t documenting her travels around Europe, she’s tending her garden or honing her clay-court tennis game.