How to add the Trash Can Icon to your Ubuntu Desktop? Ubuntu has the ability for you to add the Trash Can to you’re Desktop.
Press the Alt+F2 keys together to open the Run Application window.
In the text field type in gconf-editor and hit the Run button.
Locate/browse to the following location apps->nautilus->desktop
Check the trash_icon_visible checkbox. And the Trash Can will appear on yourDesktop. You can change the Trash Icon name if you need to or like to by changing the value for trash_icon_name.
NOTE: This has been tested with Ubuntu 9.04