I bought this to use as a receptacle for cigar butts, hoping it would close tightly enough to stifle the stink. It works exactly as I had hoped. In fact, the top fits so snugly that I cannot twist it onto the can, as the design would indicate. However, that helps to keep any odors inside. In addition, the spring-loaded push-to-open panel closes precisely against the inside of the lid, quickly suffocating any burning embers. It is a good value for the price, and I have no complaints.