I've just checked PCManFM Edit, Preferences, and in the General tab you can choose "Move deleted files to trash bin instead of erasing from disk." So you don't have to deal with the Trash at all if you don't want to. You can also choose "Confirm before deleting files" if you want to do that or uncheck it if you don't.
PERFECT! Thanks for the tip Granny! I guess missed that configuration option when I started using pcmanfm2(0.9x), and have just been hating trash can so long that I never re-checked!