In today’s world, any environment inhabited by a person, be it at home, at the workplace, or anywhere else, there will be an accumulation of waste. Food packaging, drinks containers, unneeded documents and other generally undesirable items are an unavoidable by-product of modern life. In order to prevent a disruptive and unsightly build-up of this waste, people place their rubbish in containers, the contents of which are then collected or disposed of. These containers are known as rubbish bins.
It is the intention of this guide to provide a detailed analysis of the different types and features of rubbish bin, to the end of informing the reader in great depth on the subject, so that they may know what to look for when shopping for a rubbish bin. In addition, this guide will demonstrate why eBay, the hugely popular auctioning website, is the perfect place to buy a rubbish bin.
What to Look For in a Rubbish Bin
There are a great many different types of rubbish bin, with a hugely diverse array of possible additional features. They come in many sizes and shapes, and made from many different materials. It can be difficult to know which bin is the right one for any given purpose or environment. This section will look in detail at the types, features, materials and sizes available on the online auctioning platform eBay.
Types of Bin
There are many different kinds of bin, each with unique design features. The following is a list of the most commonly found types, along with some basic information about them.
- Dustbin – the dustbin is the most frequently found kind of rubbish bin. Usually, dustbins are large in size, though they vary wildly in this regard depending on the intended location. Smaller bins are generally preferred for domestic environments, so that they can be kept out of sight, in cabinets or the corners of rooms. Larger ones are used for outdoors locations like campsites, public places with lots of through-traffic such as shopping malls, or busy workplaces which produce large quantities of refuse, such as catering kitchens. The dustbin is lined with a large, plastic bag, known as a bin-bag. This allows for instant emptying of the bin by simply removing the bag. Dustbins are found wherever there are people, and are considered to be an indispensable part of human life.
- Wheelie Bin – the wheelie bin is a large kind of rubbish bin, found in the vast majority of cases outdoors, and often used for carrying garden waste (though by no means exclusively). As implied by the name, wheelie bins feature wheels at the bottom. This allows them to be moved around with ease, which would otherwise be a more difficult task, due to their size, and thus their weight when full. Their bulk, combined with the marks often left by wheels, makes them an unfavourable choice for indoor locations. However, most rubbish collections will utilise wheelie bins, because of their ability to mount and dismount curbs with ease.
- Recycling Bin – recycling is a relatively recent concept in society, whereby, once used, waste material is returned into circulation, thus conserving the environment and our natural resources. There are many bins designed specifically for the storage of recyclable goods, known as recycling bins. They will normally be marked in some way, with the marks intended to indicate that only recyclable materials should be stored in the bin.
- Waste Basket – a waste basket is a smaller container than other types of bin. Waste baskets are usually open-topped, and made of materials partially exposed to the outside, such as wire mesh or wicker weave. Waste baskets are designed for lighter waste, such as paper, and are usually found in offices or bedrooms, where little rubbish passes through.
- Composting Caddy – composting caddies are small bins designed for biodegradable materials, such as fruit and vegetables. When a composting caddy is full, it can be emptied into a compost heap, where it decomposes, and eventually creates new, fertile soil for use in gardening and the like. Composting caddies, like recycling bins, are environmentally friendly options.
Features of a Rubbish Bin
Rubbish bins can be equipped with numerous special features, for numerous purposes. What follows is a list of commonly included features, along with brief descriptions of their function.
- Compartments – Some rubbish bins will be divided into multiple sections, or compartments. These compartments will normally be able to be removed separately from one another. Compartments are extremely useful for keeping different kinds of waste separate, such as recyclable and non-recyclable, or organic and synthetic.
- Foot Pedal – the foot pedal is an extremely practical addition to any rubbish bin. The pedal is connected to the bin’s lid. When the pedal is compressed, the lid opens, allowing the concerned party to place the rubbish in the bin without having to lift the lid with their hands, which can be an awkward process when carrying larger quantities of rubbish. The lid closes when the pressure on the pedal is relieved, completing the process. Foot pedals are popular in kitchen bins, where lots of materials may need to be deposited during periods of busyness, when the hands may be otherwise occupied
- Lid Lock – a lid lock is a device normally applied to wheelie bins, which have hinged lids and are kept outside (though they can be affixed to other bins as well). The lid lock prevents the lid from opening, thus preventing rubbish from becoming strewn across areas where it is unwanted. Protection is often required against animals, domestic or otherwise, which may seek to plunder the refuse, or against accidental knocking-over or opening of the bins, by other people, vehicles or even the wind.
- Removable Bin Liner – removable bin liners may be sold alongside the bin, or separately from it. Bin liners come in many sizes. The size required will depend on the size of the bin it is required to occupy. Bin liners are placed inside the empty bin, and when full, are simply removed and replaced.
- Swing Lid – a swing lid is a rotating attachment to the bin. Its hinges allow for easy movement, which means it takes only the lightest touch to rotate the lid and allow access to the bin. The lid then returns to the default position, in which it covers the entirety of the bin. Swing lids are usually cheaper than foot pedals, as the mechanism is less complex and thus easier to manufacture, and can also be applied to smaller bins, in which the inclusion of a foot pedal would be impractical.
- Touch-free Sensor – the inclusion of a touch free sensor is expensive, and consumes power in the form of batteries, but is unquestionably stylish and practical. Simply hold the hand above the infrared sensor, and the lid opens, closing again automatically a short while later.
- Wheels – wheels allow for easy transportation of a bin from one location to another.
Commonly Used Materials
Bins can be made of many materials. Here is a list of the more commonly found ones:
- Aluminium – a light, tough, silvery-white metal, aluminium does not easily corrode, and thus is long lasting.
- Bamboo – craftsmen for have used bamboo stalks for millennia, due to their flexibility and durability. Bamboo is also associated with a distinctive oriental style.
- Chrome – chrome is a sleek, strong, highly reflective metal, which looks at home in any modern environment.
- Faux Leather – faux leather is used for its distinctive texture and look.
- Steel – steel is strong, and has a distinctive look, though is susceptible to rust.
- Galvanised Steel – galvanised steel will not rush like ordinary steel, though it does not lose any of the material’s original benefits.
- Glass – glass, whilst brittle and susceptible to marks, is transparent, making it a strong visual choice, and easy to clean.
- Plastic – plastic is tough, flexible, durable and cheap, making it the most practical material from which rubbish bins can be made.
- Melamine – melamine is an extremely durable form of plastic.
- Wicker – bins woven of wicker have a rustic, traditional aesthetic.
- Wood – wood is one of the oldest materials still in use today, and is an excellent choice for most objects to be made from, rubbish bins included.
Rubbish bins can vary in capacity from 5 to 120 Litres, available at intervals of 5 Litres up until 60 Litres, and intervals of 10 Litres thereafter. The size of bin required will depend on the space available, and the amount of rubbish expected to be disposed of in that location. An average kitchen bin is approximately 50 Litres in size.
Rubbish bins are an integral part of modern society. Without the rubbish bin, waste disposal would be impossible, or at the very least far more impractical. This guide set out with the intention of providing adequate information about the rubbish bin to allow consumers to make an educated decision as to which bin is right for them. Important things to remember are:
The online auctioning platform eBay is the ideal place to shop for rubbish bins, due to its comprehensive selection, and carefully designed user interface.