What is your product?
A new stacking bin liner system for the Envirobin Maxi 140 litre recycling bin. This has been designed and manufactured specifically for glass collection – to make glass recycling easier and more achievable.
How does it work?
The bin liner comes in three parts - each a separate bin with the ability to be stacked vertically. Glass is heavy and manual handling regulations limit lifting to 25kg (max for men).
When the top liner is full it is transferred to the bottom and an empty liner put in its place at the top, enabling easier lifting and handling of discarded glass bottles. When all three liners are full they can be transferred to a purpose made four-wheel dolly for removal to a suitable disposal skip or truck.
Where would it ideally be used?
In any external and internal recycling collection point.
How is it different?
We think this is a first: a simple way to handle heavy bottle loads while maintaining collection and removal routines.
What benefits does it offer?
The stacking liner system can collect 75 kg of glass at a single point but collection staff only have to lift a maximum of 25kg at any one time. Use of the purpose made dolly helps wheel away the contents.
Where has it been used?
The stacking liner system was produced for one of the UK’s largest Facilities Management organisations for use in locations throughout the country.
In the region of £300 depending on quantities.
What about maintenance?
PE is virtually maintenance free. It is self-coloured so doesn’t need painting, it just needs washing down occasionally.
What is its life span?
Useful life is likely to be 10 years plus. Polyethylene bins that are 20 years old can be found in use, still in good condition.
How is it future-proofed?
Segregation and recycling will only increase in the foreseeable future and manual handling regulations are likely to be policed more rigorously.
Any future applications?
The concept can, and may well be, used in waste food collection, as food is notoriously heavy as well.
Where do you see it being sold?
Suggested customers include facilities management companies for use in shopping centres, canteens, arcades, etc.
This is the further development of an existing bin type to accommodate manual handling requirements while enabling existing collection routines to be maintained.