There are several factors to consider in choosing the appropriate trash and recycling receptacles for your city or town. The follow are concerns or factors that we have heard from customer over the years; style, shape,Physical size, capacity, color, durability, serviceability, security, wind, precipitation, location, price, recycled content, liner, replacement components and shipping.
Style can be very important to your streetscape. A receptacle style that matches and adds to the areas style or scheme should be considered.
Shape may need to be considered for the location and other site furnishings in the area. Modular — or “universal” — receptacles and bins would be perfect for a corner-spot, where other more traditional bins can’t reach.
Physical size is very important for several reasons. Depending on the area the receptacle will be located. Factors to consider are the amount of foot traffic and maintenance such as snow removal, cleaning and parked vehicles doors.
One of the most important factors is capacity. The receptacle needs to be sized to the amount of foot traffic and the proximity to businesses that product more trash, i.e. fast food, coffee shops, etc.
Closely related to capacity is location. A receptacle needs to be in areas of high foot traffic. The receptacle can also be close to a business that produces large amounts of waste so long as it doesn’t interfere with foot traffic or impedes the accessibility of any other service, e.g., wheelchair ramps.
Capacity is also critical to the department of Public Works scheduled maintenance. The real challenge is using a large enough receptacle to prevent overflow and not create a weight issue for those how must empty the receptacle. One solution is a dual receptacle with recyclables and trash or both trash receptacles.
The color of each receptacle needs to accent other area items, such as your benches, light posts, and planters. You should consider a color that does not show dirt. Black is by far the most popular color for receptacles; however, as we mentioned before, you should take in consideration any universally accepted color codes, such as blue for recycle bins.
Durability can be critical depending on where and how the receptacles are to be used. If the receptacle is to be anchored down or depends on its weight to keep in in place. What type of abuse the receptacle may see over its expected life.
Serviceability is extremely important on so many levels. The location can dictate the need capacity however weight must be considered when emptying the receptacle. If a location calls for a very large capacity receptacle a side access unit can greatly reduce the effort needed to empty the unit making for happier workers and less injuries.
Security of the receptacle and components as well of the contents in certain applications need to be taken into consideration. The receptacle is typically anchored and the top cabled to the receptacle. In some areas anchoring theliner or using a lockable side access receptacle can help with the issue.
Wind is typically only a concern with very light duty receptacle, such as the expanded metal units, or in extremely high wind areas. Anchors can be used in both cases to overcome this problem.
Precipitation needs to be considered for several reasons. The weight when emptying, and spilling during handling and compacting onto the sidewalk and street. Also a concern is water filling the receptacle allowing the waste to float out onto the street.
Price is always a key factor with any public purchase. When purchasing a city receptacle every key point noted in the article should be considered.
Recycled content is very important to all of us for the future of our cities and towns. When we think recycled content most people think of plastic and it true most recycled plastic is made of plastic bottles and jugs and a very good choice. However it is not commonly known that steel is the most recycled material in the world.
Latest studies from the Steel Scrap Institute reports 67% of produced steel in the U.S. is from recycled materials.
Linersare the inner receptacles that typically contain the waste or recyclables. Many liners are thin walled plastic units. These are easily broken in cold temperatures and tend to wear out quickly. The OCCOutdoors rotary molded liner is typically twice the thickness and rarely needs to be replaced.
The availability of replacement components should also be considered if a component is damaged, or stolen. OCCOutdoors has a stock of all receptacle components.
Shipping can get expensive because of the size and weight of receptacles. Thinks that affect shipping cost are:
» The number of units order. There is minimum pick up and drop charge from the fright companies. The more you order the more this cost is distributed.
» Shipping location, the lowest cost is a business with a dock of fork lift; otherwise a lift gate charge is common. Also residential and constructions sites are considered limited access and result in addition charges.
OCCOutdoors sales engineers are heavily trained and they work diligently to help our customers with all of the factors mentioned to insure their happy with our product and save as much on shipping as possible. We have not automate the shipping on our web site because of there are infinite ways to stack and nest our heavy receptacles that can save the customer money. Only the personal touch can insure you are receiving the best shipping method and minimize any damage
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