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Right bin in right location

Dave Hughes looks at what factors to consider when procuring waste containers

What do you want to put in it? Where do you want to site it? Is it a temporary or permanent solution? The answers to these questions will determine the size, materials, appearance, stability, ease of use and accessibility.

And then there’s the aesthetics to consider - colour, size and shape. Suitability and ease of use, though, definitely outweigh appearance.

There are opportunities to purchase containers manufactured from 100% recycled material.  They are robust and durable, and meet all the guidelines of the RAL GZ-951/1 quality mark, the most rigorous and demanding standard applied to these products. The level of recycled content can be specified by customers and is also dependent on the colour requirement

In busy areas where space for residual waste and recycling points is at a premium, a scattering of traditional collection bins might not be enough to cope with the daily waste produced. 

The solution may be an underground or semi-underground system, which provides effective solutions for locations with high volumes of people and waste. These systems offer a large fill volume, reduction of emptying frequency and lower maintenance costs.

In any redevelopment or new build project, it is very easy to ‘plan-in’ such systems at an early stage, making the site and the long-term environment that much more attractive.

Many of the bins we use in the UK are provided by councils; for recycling, garden waste, residual waste and food. A council will consider the logistics of collection, how environmentally friendly the manufacture of the materials has been, the size requirements and the cost, which is sometimes the single biggest influence.

Facilities managers in hospitals, universities and industrial sites will consider the use: it’s no good using a bin manufactured for food waste if you’re going to use it for hazardous materials or medical waste.

Fuels, lubricants, heating oil or substances which are hazardous materials, are frequently used in all kinds of industries. They can often become a hazard in certain surroundings or at certain temperatures. A distinction is made between the provision of materials for processing and the accumulation of materials as residues.

So to ensure your business runs smoothly both in practical and legal aspects, it is crucial that the enclosure used for hazardous materials, besides complying with the safety regulations, should also have the necessary authorisations available.

Dangerous goods are materials or items which, due to their characteristics or their state during transport or storage when incorrectly handled or stored, may cause danger to public safety, the environment and the life and health of persons and animals.Product safety, guaranteed compatibility with waste management systems and long- ife are all critical to decision-making.

There are also important environmental requirements for procurement, production and development as well, and as a result a number of quality assurance and certification standards exist.

These determine whether a product is fit for purpose and include general materials standards as well as some that are more specific, such as for two-wheel and four-wheel containers, collection banks, underground and semi-underground container systems. Some containers fulfil all current European and national standards.

Dave Hughes is managing director of ESE World.

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