5. Bin Size

Selecting the right bin size will depend on several factors including: usage, space limitations and collection schedule. Bins that are located in remote locations and not easily accessed should have a larger capacity to reduce the number of collections. In-ground units have been used in provincial parks and municipal parks because they reduce the number of collections required and keep the material protected from the elements and stored in the cool underground. These large capacity bins require amble space to accommodate their size and collection needs. Bins that are needed in heavy traffic areas, such as business areas and streets/sidewalks, need to be slim in design with limited capacity. Tri-sorters work well in these high traffic areas where space is limited but collection is more frequent. Large carts and large steel bins (e.g. 360 litres) work well in playgrounds, picnic areas, and parks where collection access is fairly infrequent and capacity is ample.

Shared Experience

Essex- Windsor Solid Waste Authority Public Space Recycling, 2013

essex-windsor-binsA total of 90 in ground recycling and garbage bins (Alpha) were installed in the City of Windsor parks. The large storage capacity of the in ground bins reduced operational costs by requiring fewer collections. The large volume of these containers (2.5-3 cubic metres) allowed City staff to minimize service frequency to approximately 4 times per season for all 90 bins and control operational costs.

While the in ground bins were considered a success, staff did recognize that “Some containers were placed in areas that, based on our fullness data, will take years to fill up; this could be positive or negative. For this study all of the alpha waste receptacles were twinned. I would recommend municipalities have a strategic plan for the most heavily utilized parks and high traffic areas be the priority for installation of alpha waste and recycling receptacles.”

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