Bin Placement Guide – How to Place Your Bin

When it comes to permanent and large waste management, it’s important to have a basic understanding of the different sizes and placements of bins. Whether it’s for a residence or business, this article provides the basics to selecting a permanent waste bin.

Choosing the right size

Estimating the area and size of a permanent skip bin largely depends on the purpose it serves. For residential, commercial and industrial waste management, the dimensions and proportion of the permanent bins will vary.

Here are some of the most used sizes of skip bins as a guideline-

  • 2 or 4-wheeled mobile garbage bin: 2 or 4 wheeled mobile garbage bins are plastic wheeled containers specifically designed for residential or domestic waste collection. The bin itself ranges from 80L to 1,700L total capacity.
  • Two-yard waste bin: Perfect for small business owners or apartment blocks, these small size dumpsters are typically 3 feet long, 3 feet in height and 6 feet height. The typical two-yarder has a weight capacity of 400Ibs, which is most suitable for municipal solid waste.
  • Four-yard waste bin: For mid-size businesses like restaurants, grocery shops, retailing shops with approximate employees of 100, a four-yard container is an ideal choice. This yard bin is 4 feet long, 5 feet in height and 6 feet wide.
  • Six-yard waste bin: This kind of permanent bin is suitable for a large company with more than 250 employees and heavy and continuous waste generation on a daily basis. This yard bin’s total weight capacity is 1200 lbs with a size of 6 feet high, 5 feet long and 6 feet wide.
  • Eight-yard waste bin: This one is the largest permanent waste bin for large warehouses and pharmaceutical companies with a weight limit of 1800-200lbs. This waste bin has an average height of 7 feet, a length of 6 feet and a width of 6 feet. For over 3,000 pounds of waste generation per week, these yard dumpsters are most appropriate.

Choosing the right dimension of the waste bin storage area

  • The measurement of your permanent space required for the waste bin storage solemnly depends on the size of your bin. Waste disposal as a daily commute should also be taken into accounts while making the layout of the bin storage area.
  • The most important thing to keep under consideration is whether the permanent storage space will be incorporated into the area specific waste management system (domestic, commercial or industrial). Clear labelling, adequate signage, user convenience etc. are also some vital issues to consider which varies from residences to commercial spaces.
  • When choosing the right skip bin placement for your residential waste generation, make sure the bin storage areas don’t detract, rather blend in with surrounding landscapes and structures. Locating your permanent waste placement out of sight will assure you of safety from potential vandalism.
  • If your bin placement space is larger than 1.5m3, consider to avoid manual maneuvering as much as possible. If manual maneuvering of bins can’t be avoided, it’s better to keep the containers wheeled less than 3m, between the interim storage to the collection point.

How to place the waste bins

To dispose of your waste in the most effective ways, you need to follow a specific set of general considerations to place your permanent recycling or waste bins or hoppers near to your space.

  • Make sure your replacement bins are not placed near to parking lots, garage doors, letterboxes or tree canopy. Keep your recycle bin minimum of 1 metre from any obstruction.
  • Residential waste enclosures should be located at a maximum 150 feet from the nearest point of your building. Commercial bins, on the other hand, must be located a maximum of 250 feet.
  • Unless an approved sprinkler system protects the enclosure, your permanent dumpsters can’t be placed within 5 feet of any combustible roof, walls or stairways.
  • Keep a 0.5m distance in between your rubbish bin and recycle bin with prominent signs, so the waste collection truck has clear access and automatic grab arm to your recyclable waste.
  • Each of your containers needs 30cm gaps in between so the waste collection truck’s arms can easily pick up each bin. Your recycle bin should be placed parallel to the kerb and not on the streets.
  • Try to show a distance from the enclosure or waste bins to waste collection truck access point (TAP).

To ensure the proper placement for your permanent waste bin, make sure you follow the proper guidelines. It will make the waste collection process easy and fast. Last but not least, don’t overfilling your bin as it makes the pick-up difficult and can cause litter to spill onto the street.

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