Wood Countertops with Trash Holes


Wood countertops with trash holes increase the functionality of your kitchen.

Kitchen countertops are entirely customizable with the trash hole option. Tops with this feature are typically used for direct chopping as the food scraps are quickly swiped into the hole for efficient food preparation. This custom option can even be crafted with a custom lid. Grothouse offers custom-made steel lids as pictured or flush mount lids with flip-up handles. And don’t forget solid wood as a lid option! The size and shape of the hole can also vary based on your intended use. With multiple options, this element of customization can add a decorative flair to your well-organized workspace. 

Designing Wood Countertops with Trash Holes

Designing wood countertops with trash holes is relatively simple, however, it requires special attention to the exact placement of the hole to ensure it functions as desired. The best method is to draw the countertop and mark the length and width dimensions, including the overhangs. Draw another box inside the drawing, indicating the dimensions and placement of the cabinetry below. Mark the placement of the trash or compost bin that will be placed inside the cabinet. That will help you determine the correct placement for the wood countertop opening. The trash holes can also be lined with metal or designed to hold a self-contained bin that rests on the lip of the countertop.


Wood Countertops with Trash Holes for Composting

Wood cabinetry is often designed to serve double duty. Below the wood countertop, a trash hole opens to a drawer containing a rectangular stainless steel tray to collect vegetable scraps. The drawer can be designed to slide forward or backward as desired. The drawer below this tray contains two trash bins on drawer slides. This design permits you to select if the trash hole collects vegetable scrap or meat scraps that can be collected in the trash bins below. Wood countertops with trash holes for composting are an excellent feature to add to your kitchen design.

Blue Bell Kitchens and Quality Custom cabinetry designed a kitchen that beautifully demonstrates the trash hole functionality! For more design inspiration and innovative ideas, see our photo gallery.

It’s time to increase your efficiency in the kitchen!