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Leave No Trace With The Big Agnes Trash Can

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Like many of our best ideas, the Trash Can was born on the trail. With trail litter stuffed in his jacket pockets and camp trash crammed into his pack, Big Agnes co-founder Bill Gamber dreamt up a simple product that hikers and backpackers could use to remove trash from public lands.  

Packing up trail litter and camp trash is easy. Photo: Noah Wetzel

A unique product launching alongside the backpack collection is the 7-liter Big Agnes Trash Can, made from the same recycled fabrics as the pack line and can be attached externally to your backpack or hip belt. Pack up camp trash and grab litter on the go and discard your collection at the nearest trash receptacle. The Trash Can is included with all 45-liter to 63-liter packs, but also sold separately as an accessory. 

“Our Trash Can has one purpose – to clean up our public lands and give back to a global organization that’s working to help make it happen,” said Gamber. “We wanted to provide an easy way to collect the large and small garbage that’s littered along trails, rivers and in campgrounds.” 

The Trash Can is the latest environmentally conscious offering from Big Agnes, joining the  TwisterCane™ BioFoam Pad and Solution Dyed Fabric Tents that provide a multitude of sustainable benefits. We partnered with Leave No Trace by donating a portion of sales from Trash Can to assist in its global efforts to sustain healthy public lands, and including an informational card to help drive awareness of Leave No Trace’s mission and to help educate consumers on backcountry best practices. 

“Big Agnes has been a longtime partner of Leave No Trace and we’re excited to collaborate with them on their upcoming pack launch,” said Dana Watts, Leave No Trace Executive Director. “We love the energy and commitment they have put into reducing trail and campground litter and we’re excited to be a partner in their education campaign.” 

Attach externally to your backpack or hip belt.
Attach externally to your backpack or hip belt. Photo: Noah Wetzel

The partnership with Leave No Trace was as natural as the pack launch itself. After a few phone calls and meaningful discussions, we had a campaign to keep trails trash free. Thank you for helping clean up our public lands. #packitoutwithbigagnes 

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  1. u

    Good idea with the trashcan — however, we have been using simply the largest item of packaging material that is trash itself as a “trashcan”. For instance, the pouch of a freeze dry meal will typically hold all the trash from an overnighter or 2-night trip.I put the pouch full of trash somewhere on the outside of the pack (helmet pocket, under a strp, depends on the pack). Then, at home you toss this all together, including the “trashcan”. Zero extra cost. zero extra weight.

  2. Mark Sebastian

    Thanks for the awesome product. We need to be aware that we all have a stake in keeping the backcountry beautiful for others to enjoy.

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