Copenhagen, the stunning capital city of a fat-taxing, plastic building block-happy nation that's apparently free of the trash-deficit issues plauging Sweden and Norway, has set itself a most ambitious goal: to become the cleanest city if all of Europe by the year 2015 (I guess being awarded at the 2014 European Green Capital wasn't enough).

And really, what better way to drive the point home than a roving green rubbish bin towering 8-feet tall and weighing nearly 1,800 pounds?

Vipp, the Danish homegoods company best known for its iconic pedal waste bin that was originally created in 1939 by Holger Nielsen for his wife's hair salon, has unleashed such a beast and it will be touring the city as a "fun reminder for city dwellers to keep Copenhagen clean and green." So if your summer travel plans include, umm, Islandsbrygge or Halmtorvet, be sure to catch the 8:1 scale Vipp mega-bin in action.

I'm guessing it's not all that hard to miss.

Or if you're just looking to get up close and personal with an elegant and durable trash can that doesn't require international travel, Design Within Reach sells classic, non-ginormous Vipp models but brace yourself for some sticker shock.

Via [DesignMilk]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Mega-sized trash bin invades streets of Copenhagen
Not to fear residents of Copenhagen: That ginormous Vipp trash bin serves as a reminder of the city’s goal to become the cleanest city in Europe by 2015.