Push bin


Founded in 1867 by M. Westermann as Westermann & Co., Wesco is the manufacturer of the most iconic push bin, the Pushboy. Wesco was specialized in the processing of metal plates for household goods. In the 1920s, Wesco introduced an ash can into its product range, after the war it launched its first pedal bin.

Large push bins have been in production in America since the 1920s. These bins were originally developed for the American catering trade. It was not until the 1970s that the American ‘trash can’ became a symbol of the typically American design. Egbert Neuhaus, the current managing director of Wesco, was a German exchange student in the US. He noticed the typically American trash cans and brought the product idea back to Germany. He re-designed the American trash can for domestic use and an icon was born.

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© Wesco – M. Westermann & Co. GmbH, Borken, Germany

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