I'm a Chinese living in NYC. How do Americans call these things? Are they all named "trash can"?

And If I want to drop something, like an empty bottle, what is the right way to say that? "drop garbage"? "litter" ? "throw away garbage" or else?

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    Does this answer your question? What are these containers called for waste? Jan 3, 2020 at 4:02
  • They are all garbage cans or trash cans. In some expressions, they might simply by the garbage or the trash. The last image borders on being a dumpster -- some people might be less likely to call it a can than a garbage container or a garbage bin or a dumpster. You want to throw away your bottle or, more colloquially, perhaps to toss it. You could also be said to put it in the trash. Hopefully you would not litter--that would be leaving it somewhere it does not belong (like the ground) rather than in an appropriate receptacle. Jan 3, 2020 at 4:35
  • I usually say dispose Jan 3, 2020 at 5:23
  • @BenjaminKuykendall Thank you! This is a good explanation!
    – KeYY
    Jan 4, 2020 at 0:34
  • @MikeGraham Thank you! If I need to throw away the kitchen garbage for collection, is this also called "toss the garbage"?
    – KeYY
    Jan 4, 2020 at 0:36


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