The 4 Best Cat Litter Disposal Systems & Waste Receptacles of 2023

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Disposing of waste and used litter can be a pain—and sometimes unsanitary—especially if your litter box isn’t near a trash can. Scooping your poop into a separate container or litter system before it goes into the trash allows you to consolidate your cat’s waste, minimizing its contact with you and with the rest of your household trash.

Rather than risk tracking litter around, or spilling cat poop on the floor, a litter disposal system will allow you to store multiple days of litter box waste, then dispose of it as cleanly and efficiently as possible—all while tamping down odors.

Our favorite system for dealing with cat litter is the Litter Genie, which is easy to use and hides scents well. Combining a waste receptacle with a reliable bagging system, the Litter Genie fits in small spaces and is perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to take out the trash every time they clean their litter box.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall

Litter Genie Plus Cat Litter Disposal System

Litter Genie Plus Cat Litter Disposal System


What We Like
  • Bag system is easy to use

  • Multiple refill brands available

  • Effective odor trapping

  • Comes with scoop

What We Don’t Like
  • Flimsy plastic design

  • Requires purchasing unique bags

A good waste disposal system needs to be able to hold several days of litter scooping, hide scents, and be easy to use. The Litter Genie has a useful capacity, is excellent at managing scents, and is simple to use—once you get used to its unique system.

To use the Litter Genie, just open the lid, dump waste in the funnel opening on top, and then pull the handle on the front to open the gate into the bagged receptacle below. The gate is spring loaded, and will snap shut again when you let go, pinching the bag closed against the back wall of the Litter Genie. 

This system isn’t airtight, but it’s an effective enough seal that we have never noticed bad odors coming from the receptacle. More airtight waste receptacles may allow less odor to vent into the surroundings, but can also accumulate stink, so that a terrible smell awaits you every time you empty it. This puts the Litter Genie in an optimal middle ground—the spring-loaded door closes the bag enough to tamp down odors, but doesn’t create an airtight seal that retains moisture and smells.

Changing the bags is a little more of an involved process, though very easy once you’re used to it. Litter Genie bags are built like a long tube. You pull about a foot or so of bag out of the refill (a standard refill contains 14 feet of bag), then use a simple overhand knot to tie it off at the bottom, forming your waste bag. Push the refill into the top, pull the waste bag down through the spring-loaded gate, and you’re ready to scoop. When the receptacle is full, you crack it open, pull a little more bag down to make sure there’s enough slack to tie it off at the top, then cut the tube with a little guarded blade (similar to a utility knife blade). Tie the top and take it all away. 

This may all sound a little complicated—it seems less than ideal to have both ends of a giant bag full of poop reliant on knots, however simple. We had the same reservations. But using the Litter Genie quickly becomes second nature, and we never once had a knot slip. The Litter Genie has been remarkably reliable, even after more than a year of use.

The device does require its own set of bags, which normally cost $7 to $10 per refill (depending on if you buy them individually or in multi-packs), with each refill lasting about two months. But they are widely available across retailers, so anyone willing to shop around a little can find some great deals. Plus, there are several off-brand refills that are even cheaper, and work just as well in our experience.

Price at time of publish: $28

Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 17 inches | Volume Capacity: 7 liters | Colors: Silver, black

Do I need a Litter Genie XL?

We don’t think so, no. 

The Litter Genie XL has a bigger footprint and is a little more than five inches taller than the Litter Genie Plus. It uses the same refill cartridges, but lets you spool out a larger bagged receptacle, and holds about 50 percent more waste. That’s 50 percent longer before you have to empty it—sounds like a no-brainer, right? 

Here’s why it’s not: a full bag of waste in a Litter Genie Plus is already an unwieldy burden, and can weigh as much as ten pounds. The Plus provides a decent maximum for the amount of cat waste we want to handle at any one time. Also, it’s polite to bag cat waste in with an outgoing trash bag, so your garbage collectors don’t have to deal with your cat poop directly. The big bags that come out of our Litter Genie Plus are already enough to put a serious strain on our standard kitchen garbage bags.

For most people, the Litter Genie XL is simply a little too much. However, the Litter Genie XL might be a good pick for a cat rescue or other unusually numerous, multiple cat scenario. 

Litter Genie XL Cat Litter Disposal System

Litter Genie XL Cat Litter Disposal System


What About the Litter Genie Easy Roll?

There’s a lot to like about the new Litter Genie Easy Roll—which was first released in 2022—but for now we think you’re better off sticking with the Litter Genie Plus. The Easy Roll uses a different system, where bags are drawn up from the bottom of the container and then affixed over a lip at the top of the Litter Genie. It also makes a number of minor design improvements to the exterior of the Litter Genie.

Each Easy Roll refill is meant to last for as long as six months, with the roll divided into sealed bags with perforated separators—no need for knots. It’s a good idea, but we have concerns about imperfect perforations leading to torn bags and spills. Spilling a bag of cat waste everywhere is something we’d rather not deal with even once, so for now we put more faith in the reliable, proven system in the Litter Genie Plus. 

We also appreciate the wide array of refill options available for the well-established Litter Genie Plus system. The Easy Roll may one day be as ubiquitous, but for now we’re sticking with our Plus. That said, we have not yet had the chance to test the Litter Genie Easy Roll, and look forward to evaluating it for ourselves in a future update.

Litter Genie Easy Roll Cat Litter Disposal System

Litter Genie Easy Roll Cat Litter Disposal System


Best with Foot Pedal

Litter Champ Disposal System

Litter Champ Disposal System


What We Like
  • Foot pedal to open top lid

  • Built-in carry handle

  • Easy to change bags

  • Longer bag refills than competition

  • Includes child locks to deny access to waste compartment

  • Comes with scoop

What We Don’t Like
  • Needs specialized bags to use

  • Easy to get the trap door dirty with cat waste

  • Trap door is hard to use when waste compartment is full

The Litter Champ is very similar to the Litter Genie, but has one clear advantage: a foot pedal for lifting the top lid. 

There are numerous other minor design differences between the two. For example, the Litter Champ has a door on the front that swings open, allowing for easier access to the bag for changing (just like the Genie, the Champ has a little blade inside you use to cut the bag and knot off a new receptacle). It also has a carry handle on top, making this a good pick if you have to move your litter operation around between multiple litter boxes. The Litter Champ is a little larger as well. Even the refills are a little longer—21 vs. 14 feet.

However, we still prefer the Litter Genie for two primary reasons. The first is how you scoop litter into each device. The Genie uses a spring-loaded trap door that you open manually from the outside, whereas the Litter Champ uses a weighted door that you press down on with your litter scoop. At first glance this is more convenient, since you don’t have to take a separate action to dump litter off your scoop and into the receptacle. Combined with the foot pedal, this makes the Litter Champ a more hands-free litter scooping process. However, in our experience it takes more effort, since you have to press down the door with the scoop, then shake the cat poop off into the bag. Plus, since you’re pressing the door downward into the bag, it can get messy and difficult once that bag is reasonably full and you’re pushing against a big pile of poop. 

This system also requires you to have the top lid open to get your scooped poop into the bag, whereas with the Litter Genie you can drop your scooped poop on top of the sealed compartment, then close the lid, then pull out the trap door, allowing the litter to fall into the bag without you ever having to interact with the waste storage compartment. Plus, the Litter Genie’s trap door is shielded behind the bag liner, unlike the Litter Champ, which has a trap door that touches scooped waste directly.

It’s a subtle difference, and the Litter Champ is better on several design points (we prefer how its waste compartment opens for bag changes, for example), but we found the Litter Genie to be easier to use overall. Plus, while both the Champ and the Genie are available from major retailers, the Litter Genie is more ubiquitous, making it easier to find deals on bag refills and knock off brand refills.

Price at time of publish: $30

Dimensions: 9.45 x 9 x 18.82 inches | Volume Capacity: 4 gallons | Color: Gray

Litter Champ vs. Litter Genie Plus

Litter Champ
  • Foot pedal for upper lid

  • Opening into waste compartment accessed by pressing scoop on to door

  • Trap door unprotected by bag, can get messy

  • Carry handle

  • Longer refill bags (21 vs. 14 feet)

  • Front of waste compartment swings open for bag change

  • Included scoop with hook

Litter Genie Plus
  • Upper lid must be lifted by hand

  • Opening into waste compartment accessed by pulling spring-loaded trap door

  • Trap door protected by bag

  • No carry handle

  • More widely available refill options

  • Whole device opens from top for bag change

  • Included scoop with holder

Best Upgrade

Modkat Litter Keeper

Modkat Litter Keeper


What We Like
  • Can use any type of bag

  • Charcoal filter on underside of lid

  • Attractive and sturdy

What We Don’t Like
  • Narrow opening into waste compartment

  • Hard to use trap door when waste compartment is full

While we find the Litter Genie to be the most effective litter disposal system overall, there’s no denying that it looks like a flimsy plastic receptacle. The Modkat Litter Keeper is a much more attractive and sturdy option. 

The Litter Keeper operates very similarly to the Litter Champ, combining a foot pedal to open the top lid, with an inner trap door that you push against with the included scoop to drop litter into the waste compartment. It also reproduces all of the downsides of that system, since it can be hard to empty your scoop if the bag is nearly full, since you’re pressing the lid down against the waste inside. Even worse, the Litter Keeper’s waste door is relatively narrow.

However, the Modkat Litter Keeper has a number of compensations. For one, you can use either Modkat’s Type H liners or bags of your choice—including grocery bags. There’s also an integrated filter compartment, and it comes with two charcoal filters.

Overall, the Modkat Litter Keeper occupies a hybrid position between a complete “disposal system” and a receptacle, since you still have to remove and tie off the bags yourself, without the convenience of the extended bags used in the Litter Champ and Litter Genie Plus. But if your litter is in a highly visible spot in your home, then the attractive design may put this one over the top.

Price at time of publish: $60

Dimensions: 14 x 12 x 17.5 inches | Capacity: 7 liters | Colors: White, gray

Best Waste Receptacle

Petfusion Portable Cat Litter Disposal

 Petfusion Portable Cat Litter Disposal


What We Like
  • You can use your own bags

  • Charcoal deodorizer built into lid

  • Convenient carry handle

  • The inner basket can be removed for easy disposal

What We Don’t Like
  • Tight seal holds in moisture and stink, then unleashes it when opened

  • No protection from stink while scooping

  • Pulling out inner basket requires contact with interior of the bag

The Petfusion Portable Cat Litter Disposal lets you use bags of your choice, clipping each bag on to an inner basket that then nests inside a utilitarian receptacle with a convenient carry handle. While not a complete “litter disposal system” like our favorite, the Litter Genie Plus, the Petfusion receptacle is an excellent alternative to keeping a small trash can next to your litter box. 

The main downside is that the receptacle is fully opened when scooping—exposing you to stinky cat litter. The lid has a silicone gasket, which creates a tight seal, made even tighter when you lift up the carry handle, which is designed to lock the top down. This is great for tamping down smells when the Petfusion litter disposal is not in use. However, its virtually airtight seal locks in smells and moisture, making the stink that much worse every time you open it. The charcoal deodorizer built into the lid is a nice touch, but not a perfect solution.

However, the Petfusion may well work better for people who aren’t interested in futzing with proprietary bags, or tying off bags of cat waste into neatly knotted packages. If you are looking for a container best suited for emptying directly into an outdoor garbage can or dumpster then this is a convenient option. It also works well if you have to carry around a waste receptacle to multiple litter boxes.

Price at time of publish: $50

Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.5 x 16.7 inches | Capacity: Bags can hold up to 2 weeks of waste for one cat | Colors: White, black

Final Verdict

Our favorite litter disposal system is the Litter Genie Plus. It just works, with a process for scooping and sealing away cat waste that’s reliable, simple, and lets you go for weeks without having to incorporate cat poop into your standard trash. If you’d prefer a litter receptacle that lets you use your own bags, rather than relying on branded refills, check out the Modkat Litter Keeper instead. It’s the most sturdy and attractive litter disposal system available, though we think it has some minor downsides that prevent it from being the best pick for most people.

What To Look For

The Litter Scoop

Many disposal systems come with their own litter scoop, but if you have a favorite litter scoop, you might want to investigate how it will work with your chosen disposal system first. For example, we love the DurAnimals DuraScoop (that’s why we named it our favorite cat litter scoop), but its wide shovel is probably too large to work well with the narrow trap door on the Modkat Litter Keeper, for example. It also is unlikely to fit into the holder on the side of the Litter Genie. This typically isn’t a dealbreaker—we simply keep our preferred scoop hanging on a nearby wall hook—but if you want to keep your litter system completely integrated, then it might be better to opt for a disposal system with a hook that can fit almost any scoop, like that found on the Litter Champ or the Litter Keeper.

Poop Contact Points

When you’re dealing with cat poop, it’s preferable not to have to clean up areas outside of your litter box. Opportunities for contact with cat waste should be minimized in the optimal disposal process. In our favorite litter system—the Litter Genie Plus—you have to lift the top lid by hand, but thankfully it’s a lid that’s unlikely to make direct contact with poop. The rim around the inner portal is another story, and required occasional cleaning with a paper towel and ammonia-based cleaner. However, this wasn’t as messy as the trap door on two of our other recommended systems, which had a surface that came in frequent contact with cat waste. We much preferred the trap door on the Litter Genie, which is always separated from cat poop by the liner bag.

Anti-Odor Abilities

Several of our favorite litter disposal systems include charcoal filters on the inside of the lid, while the Litter Genie Plus advertises an antimicrobial, odor-eating additive built into its plastic pail. While odor-fighting features are always welcome, we were unable to evaluate their efficacy with any precision. Instead, the biggest odor-minimizing factors were built into the design, by preventing your nose from confronting the primary waste compartment. Surprisingly, we found that the receptacles with the best odor seals were sometimes the smelliest, because odors were trapped and then released in a big burst upon opening.

  • What is a cat litter disposal system?

    While there are a variety of sealed cat litter trash cans and receptacles, a cat litter disposal system is a little more like a device with a defined process. A litter disposal system integrates waste storage with all the tools you need to tie off and replace a big load of litter, without ever having contact with that litter. The best designs will mostly shield you from subsequent confrontations with the smelly materials your cat leaves behind. Once waste is scooped into the disposal system, subsequent steps will help you seal away the waste into a bag that can be taken out with your normal trash. Most cat litter disposal systems have a proprietary bagging system and come with their own litter scoop.

  • How often should you fully empty your litter box?

    While scooping litter should be considered a daily task—providing your cat or cats with a place where they can do their business without having to dig around other piles of their own waste—complete litter changes are not needed nearly as often. While full litter change timing can vary from household to household, typically you should be completely refreshing your cat’s litter and cleaning the interior of their litter box about once a month. This will ensure that smells won’t accumulate and that litter will continue to effectively clump and seal in odors.

Why Trust The Spruce

This article was written by Steven Asarch, a freelance writer for The Spruce Pets. He has firsthand experience working with different feline products and taking care of two rambunctious felines. 

To gain a better understanding of what cats are looking for, he spoke to Co-Founders of Cat Behavior Alliance Rita Reimers and Linda Hall. Using their expert insights, he determined which waste disposal systems hold waste and hide scents the best. He prioritized options built for durability, ease-of-use, and functionality.