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[Extremely Short Tutorial for 1.8/1.9/1.10/1.11] How to Make a Simple and Compact Trash Can

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Update logs
[2016.10/10 Update]
The YouTube tutorial video for how to make this trash can design is on! Check it out and hope you like it! :D

[2016.10/09 Update]
By testing, it's no problem for you to have this design on the upcoming 1.11! Also, some descriptions and layouts are modified for the readability!

[2016.04/21 Update]
A packed clickable sign version for this trash can design has been newly available in the Minecraft Command Science website! Check it out, enjoy it, and fell free to use it in your world!

[2016.03/17 Update]

In Minecraft 1.9, an improved version of this trash can is found! Though such an improvement is not applicable for 1.8.x versions, you can still use the original design for these older versions of Minecraft! And if you are playing the new version, welcome to try this improved version! ^_^


For those who desire to design a survival/adventure map for Vanilla Minecraft 1.8.x~1.11.x versions, here is a tutorial for the simplest and most compact way to make a trash can. You can make it even if you only see this image:

(▼ The way for 1.9/1.10/1.11 versions)
[Extremely Short Tutorial for 1.8/1.9/1.10/1.11] How to Make a Simple and Compact Trash Can

Or, consider this if you are playing older 1.8.x versions... (click to reveal)
Original trash can design for 1.8.x

For the convenience for you to copy the command, it is shown here again:
/blockdata ~ ~1 ~ {Items:[]}

How to use the trashcan...

1) Open the chest by right-clicking once on it.
2) Hold the Shift key on your keyboard, and then right-click on everything in your inventory to be disposed.
3) Well done!

How it works (for 1.9/1.10/1.11 versions)

While the trapped chest is opened, the repeating command block is continuously triggered and thus cleans all items in the chest. Then, you may dispose the items you don't want anymore. A fast way for you to dispose the items is by right-clicking on them as you are holding the Shift key.

If you are playing Minecraft in an older version (1.8.x)...

In fact, I have the original design for 1.8.x, while there was an improvement for 1.9+ afterwards. To be compatible with 1.8.x, all you have to do is change the repeating command block into an impulse command block.

Where to put the trash can

Anywhere, as long as the trapped chest is put onto the command block. In my Minecraft world Republic of FlashTeens, it can be widely seen throughout indoor and outdoor locations.

Additional Advantages

(1) No lava is required

My design is compact as the size is only 1x2x1. You may think that the compactness of one single lava block is even simpler and more compact; however, it is very dangerous as it is impossible to be placed near flammable blocks, for example, inside a wooden house or onto a floor made with wool.

(2) No cactus is required

The following YouTube videos by some other Minecraft players are the examples for a trash can that requires cactus:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKj1XSN4yGo (Mar. 17, 2015 by Redstone Ben)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1CB2NtVj2g (Sept. 30, 2016 by MagmaMusen)
(Sorry for this authors, but I would have to give the example here...)

Though it doesn't need lava, it requires a cactus. The compactness is still limited due to the fact that cactus can be only placed onto a sand block, and there cannot be any obstacles surrounding the cactus block. Therefore, it requires you at least a space of 3x3x3 under the ground. If you desire to make a trash can onto higher levels inside a building with such a design, you would have to create a special room for this trash can.

In contrast, my design as mentioned in this article works in such an indoor situation. An example can be seen on the 3rd level of FlashTeens House. (near the spawn point of my world)

(3) For Vanilla Minecraft

It is widely used in my world, which is developed for 1.8+ Vanilla Minecraft versions.

(4) One Very Short Command

Some other one-command trash can designs are based on "/summon FallingSand ......", which is very long and less compact. In contrast, my design requires only a simple /blockdata command, also available in 1.8+ versions of Minecraft.

(5) Works in All Versions Between 1.8.x and 1.11

By testing in several release and snapshot versions in 1.9.x, 1.10.x and 1.11(16w39c), this trash can successfully work, too!

(6) You may dispose all your stuffs in a SUPER FAST way! (for 1.9 or above)

As mentioned above, you may dispose all your items by only right-clicking on them in the trash can inventory as you are holding the Shift key. With the use of repeating command block, you won't have to open the chest again before the trash can inventory is automatically cleaned!

How about the limitations?

There could only be one major limitation of my design: it requires a command block, which can only be accessed via the /give command and edited in Creative Mode. However, if you desire to edit a custom map with compact trash cans, this design surely fit you! :D

7 Update Logs

Update #7: THE YOUTUBE TUTORIAL VIDEO FOR THIS DESIGN IS ON! : by flashteens 10/10/2016 3:11:58 amOct 10th, 2016

The YouTube tutorial video for how to make this trash can design is on! Check it out and hope you like it! :D

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12/22/2019 6:09 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
mi_aquamarine avatar
If anyone was wondering, I found a similar command for 1.13+ (I found it by myself btw) since /blockdata doesn't work anymore):

/data merge block ~ ~1 ~ {Items:[]}
04/22/2016 10:12 am
Level 29 : Expert Ninja
XDLOL avatar
Wow never thought of this :D I shall give you my D!
04/27/2017 9:01 am
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lol, Am I the only one that found this comment funny?!?!
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