When buying a wheeled garbage bin, consider the size of the wheels, the type of lid, and whether your intended model has rounded corners and smooth sides to facilitate cleaning. Also make sure that your choice complies with city regulations or your homeowner association bylaws. Some planned neighborhoods insist on certain colors, shapes and sizes, all to create a look of uniformity.
The wheels should be heavy-duty and able to support a full bin easily. At the same time, they should be maneuverable up and down steps or curbs and along sidewalks. Large wheels, some up to 8 inches, that are tucked under the bottom of the bin are easier to haul about even when full.
Hinged lids that fold back all the way allow easier access for filling the bin and washing it out. If you live in a suburban area that gets frequent wild animal visitors, it also helps to have a securely locking closing. Bears, squirrels and raccoons are equally attracted to suburban garbage bins.
The rounded corners prevent grime from building up, reducing the amount of scrubbing needed to get the bin clean. If trash bags are used to line the bin every time, your clean-up is minimal, often just a rinse with a hose.