I remember when we got our kitchen garbage can it came with a lid that had a flap on it to push the garbage through. The lid wasn’t really much fun. You need an open air garbage can so you have room to balance things on top. And then when you get something large and flat like some sort of box you get to use that to compact the trash deeper into the can and squeeze another few days out of it. Lids just spoil all of that garbage crushing satisfaction.