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A closer look at the Alpha Centauri recycling bin

What is your product?

A new mid-range 100-litre recycling bin, designed to satisfy a gap in the market. It has the quality of a more premium commercial recycling product, without the price tag.

The Alpha Centauri is suitable for virtually every recycling stream, including mixed recycling, mixed plastics, cans, metals and paper. It comes equipped with an interchangeable, WRAP colour-coded aperture, suited to the material type.

How does it work?

The product has been cleverly designed so that it is ergonomically simple to operate. A number of seemingly small features have been introduced that will make a big difference to the customer.

The curved back of the bin means it does not touch the wall when in-situ. This, and the unique fold-down signage, ensures ease of waste removal. The Centauri lid simply lifts up and the bag can be removed. If the bag is too heavy, the door-like front can also be opened, so less lifting is involved.

Liners or paper bags can also be supplied to suit the material type and customer requirements.

Where would it ideally be used?

This bin has been manufactured specifically for universities, colleges and facilities management companies. It has also already been sold into a number of white collar industries such as banking, insurance and accountancy firms.

What benefits does it offer?

It is an attractive and cost-effective commercial product designed to make recycling as straightforward as possible. There is no ambiguity as to what waste material goes where. The products are well stickered and the messaging is clear, ensuring a good quality, well-priced source segregation tool. The Centauri is 100% recyclable too.

Stocking levels are high, so even the tightest of installation requirements can be satisfied.


Customers will be impressed with the functionality and quality they receive for a competitive price. Discounts are offered for bulk orders.

Any savings?

Source segregation saves money and in some instances allows companies to actually generate revenue from a new recycling stream. The bin’s signage encourages people to recycle, making it quick and easy.

What about maintenance?

Maintenance is very straightforward. This is a self-contained unit that has been designed to consider the people who have to empty and clean it. The bin can simply be wiped down if dirty, and the front opening means every last centimetre can be accessed and cleaned.

The product is hard-wearing, so is not an item that regularly requires refurbishment or the replacement of new parts. It is built to last.

How is it future-proofed?

Working closely with customers has influenced this bin’s design and ensured the manufacture of a flexible product that suits different waste streams, can be fitted with interchangeable apertures, and can be connected to other Centauris as customer requirements evolve. Bins can be adapted if customers have specific needs, for example, liquid holders can be fitted to the side for leftover drinks.

The Centauri is designed to be a product customers can continue to use as their business changes, encouraging compliance as waste targets and legislation become ever-more stringent.

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