If you’re new to the wonderful world of waste management, you’ll probably be surprised to know that there’s a lot to learn when it comes to bins.
As well as the many types of bins available on the market today, there are a lot of things that affect their placement, including both needs and situation. In this article, we take a closer look at what you should know about buying bins and were to put them to get the most out of them.
What you should be looking for in a bin
The first thing you’ll likely need to consider when looking for commercial bins for sale is the size of the receptacle. In essence, the size you should go for will be very closely related to what you need it for – if it’s just for a large residence, you’ll hardly need an industrially sized bin, for example.
For a smaller need such as this, you would instead go for a 2 or 4-wheeled mobile garbage bin, which are the plastic bins you might be used to seeing. If you already have one, know that their capacity can range from 80L to 1,700L, so even if your current bin is too small, just replace it with one with a larger capacity!
If you’re looking for the next step up, trying a two, three or four metre dumpster will often be perfectly suited to apartment block or for small businesses.
There are also dumpsters up to 8 metres in length designed for industrial uses, such as busy warehouses, but getting one (or several) of these will often only be necessary in instances where there is constant waste generation on a regular basis.
Where to place your bins
Not going for the biggest possible option is important as it can affect the space the bin takes up in addition to how easily it is emptied. Otherwise, there are several other key considerations to make for placing your bin in the most effective way possible.
Perhaps the most important thing to note is the need to avoid placing your bin or dumpster too close to carparks, garage doors or any kind of tree canopies – in general, try to keep it at least one metre away from the nearest obstruction to ensure maximum safety and ease of use.
If you use a permanent dumpster for a business or warehouse, they cannot be within 2 metres of a roof, wall or stairway that is any way combustible (otherwise your bin might get set on fire too) and you should always ensure that any rubbish collection services both have a clear understanding of where any dumpster is, and have easy access to it.
Ready for the responsibility of rubbish bin ownership?
Although all of these rules might seem confusing, if you follow common sense guidelines you’ll be fine the vast majority of the time.
You should also make sure to keep everyone on a worksite up to speed regarding bin rules, and let them know the importance of not overfilling the bin – the last thing you want is grotty rubbish falling out on a regular basis or for the bin to cascade waste all down the street as it’s getting picked up.