May 20, 2024 2 min read

CITIBIN Introduces New Trash Enclosure Size: The Medium

Have 45-55 gallon trash cans? Get ready to meet your happy medium.

15-second recap: CITIBIN has designed and manufactured a trash enclosure for 45-55 gallon wheelie bins, simply named "The Medium." Recognizing that there are 3 sizes of trash cans, CITIBIN now has 3 sizes of enclosures:  Small (for 44 gallon cans), Medium (for 45-55 gallon wheelie bins), and Large (for 65-96 gallon wheelie bins). The Medium is available at just the right time, as New York City has specified a 45-gallon wheelie bin for residents to buy by 2026. 

An idea years in the making

Customers have asked for a medium-sized CITIBIN option for years. “We considered making a medium size for several years to fulfill the needs of customers who had 45-55 gallon cans,” said Liz Picarazzi, CITIBIN Founder and CEO. “Up until now, we had an enclosure size for 44-gallon Brute cans (where we started) and one for 65-96-gallon wheelie bins.”

And then the NYC Department of Sanitation announced new trash containerization rules for residential garbage.  

You asked for it, and you got it. CITIBIN now has medium-sized trash enclosures. This convenient size fits 45-55 gallon wheelie bins and was created with homeowners and property managers in mind. Medium CITIBINs fit NYC’s newly specified 45-gallon residential wheelie bins, which will be required in 2026.





In October 2023, NYC Mayor Eric Adams and Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch outlined a plan for the containerization of all residential trash by 2026. As part of the rollout, homeowners will have to purchase specific city-designated wheelie bins that work with side-loading sanitation trucks.

“Since most New Yorkers will need to buy the 45-gallon wheelie bin manufactured by OTTO to fulfill the new requirements, it became clear we needed to create a medium-size CITIBIN,” Picarazzi said.

What you need to know about CITIBIN’s new Medium-size trash enclosure

  • Size matters. CITIBIN’s new enclosure menu allows customers to select the enclosure that works for their cans regardless of where they live.
  • An intuitive menu. We’re really excited to debut our new menu and renamed sizes. Our new Small-Medium-Large menu is both intuitive and inclusive of customer needs. Simply match your can size with the enclosure size that best suits your needs.
  • A modular approach. CITIBIN enclosures are prefabricated and ready-to-assemble, so if you have 3 NYC wheelie bins, we advise getting 3 Medium modules. If you want more later, we can simply attach another module.

Retrofitting: Please note that if you already have a small CITIBIN, we are currently in the process of manufacturing a retrofit to convert it into a medium-size enclosure. Please be in touch if you need help retrofitting existing CITIBIN enclosures.

If you're in the market for a trash enclosure, sign up to receive our trash enclosure buyer's guide. We cover everything from measuring your space to choosing the look or locks that work with your space. The guide contains information about many trash enclosures - not just CITIBIN. 

Call us at 347.549.4121 or email to discuss creating your customized trash bin setup.

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