Reducing litter: recycling and non-recycling bins for your public spaces

Reducing litter: recycling and non-recycling bins for your public spaces

Litter is an ever-present problem for councils and local authorities as well as an eyesore for residents. Many local councils invest a significant portion of their budget in collecting litter as well as clearing up areas where litter s regularly dropped. Of course, prevention is better than cure, but there’s no easy or quick solution to the litter issue. It’s a matter of long-term planning and strategy, as well as educating people and providing the right facilities which make it easier for people to dispose of their litter responsibly.

Strategy and education are long-term aims which can take a while to show results. However, a commitment to supplying sufficient numbers of litter bins in public spaces should improve litter disposal rates fairly quickly. Of course, bins do need to be part of an overall plan which identifies problem areas and places with high footfall, but if there aren’t enough bins in the right locations, inevitably littering will increase.

Selecting the right litter bin

But what kind of bin to choose? There is no one-size-fits-all solution, which is why at Amberol, despite 50 years in the business, we are constantly updating and adding to our range of litter bins. Some locations are more suited to smaller bins, larger areas require bins with a greater capacity and some places, such as those near food outlets, offer significant opportunities for recycling. 

The Amberol range of bins is growing to meet the differing litter needs. Here’s a snapshot of some of the different litter bins that we have developed over several decades.

Recycling bins:

The Chatsworth Bin - one of our newer models, the Chatsworth was developed in collaboration with a street architect – and we think it shows. The design is clean and modern, combining functionality, durability and aesthetics. The Chatsworth has two clearly signed apertures with two internal liners to ensure separation of litter at source.  To reduce the risk of tampering, the top-opening bin also has a slam lock lid. Ideal for busy public places, the Chatsworth also has two cigarette stubs holders to help reduce cigarette litter which is a significant problem. It also has a generous 180 litre capacity to reduce the frequency of emptying.

The Eco-Bin – this freestanding bin is available in two sizes, making it a flexible choice for litter hotspots. The smaller bin has a 140-litre capacity, while the larger version has a generous 240 lite capacity. Ideally used in banks of four or five, the Eco-Bin range is a popular choice for entrances to public places, shopping centres, apartment blocks and parks. With a lockable front door, the Eco-Bin also comes with an optional internal wheelie bin for ease of emptying. 

Non-recycling bins:

The New Square Deal Bin – an old favourite that has had a bit of a revamp, the New Square Deal Bin is a more traditional design with a classic look. The bin has four wide opening apertures so litter can be deposited from any direction. A lockable front door makes the bin vandal-proof and an internal liner makes it easy to empty. The Square Deal Bin comes with a weighted base for additional stability and recessed cigarette stubber plates are a popular optional extra. Available with a tapered or square hood, both styles of bin have a capacity of 130 litres.

New square hood

The Screwball Bin – with a smaller capacity of 40 litres, this bin was developed in conjunction with local councils in response to a need for more vandal-proof bins. The Screwball can be mounted on a wall post, pole or wall and includes a stubber plater. Ideal for places like bus stops. It comes with three different styles of hood: open, hooded or with a sprung hood lid.

And that’s just a small sample. You can see the full range of Amberol bins here. Whatever your requirement, one of the Amberol range will meet it.        

All Amberol bins are made from robust recyclable polyethylene with sustainability and durability in mind. To find out more, email sales@amberol.co.uk or call 01773 830 930 today. 

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