There are many and varied types of bin for all sorts of purposes. Some of them are more attractive than others, but they all play a big part in our day to day lives, working to keep our environment healthy and our streets clean. Read on for a run down of the most common types of bin and their advantages.

Pedal Bin

These are popular for home and office use and are operated by a pedal mechanism built into the base. They are commonly made of plastic or stainless steel, both of which are easy to wipe clean. Another advantage of the pedal bin is that it’s easy to open it even when your hands are full, they come in a range of sizes and minimise physical contact with the bins which means it’s extra hygienic.

Wheelie Bin

These are used for both industrial and domestic waste and come in a range of sizes, depending on their purpose. Most local authorities provide households with wheelie bins for regular waste and, increasingly, paper recycling. Benefits include easy transportation of waste, which helps in the disposal process, and the fact they’re generally made from plastic and so are easy to clean. They also have secure lids to prevent contamination of the waste.

Sensor Bins

These are increasingly common, particularly in public areas such as toilets. They are operated by a sensor, minimising the need for contact with the bin and are thus hygienic.

Cigarette Bins

These can be freestanding or wall-mounted and are commonly found in smoking areas at pubs, bars and offices. They contain the effects of smoking and are a secure way of storing cigarette butts until they can be safely disposed of, as well as helping to reduce litter.

Recycling Bins

There are loads of different types of recycling bin, from small containers to giant receptacles, all of which are designed to separate your recyclable waste from general waste. They are very popular domestically and in offices but are also becoming more popular in public areas such as shopping centres, where bins with different compartments are becoming a familiar site. Recycling bins are often colour coded or have symbols on them to make it clear the intended purpose of each bin.

Compost Bins

Popular with gardeners the world over, these bins store garden waste and provide a suitable environment for it to break down into compost that can then be used to fertilise gardens or other areas. They are most commonly made out of plastic, but it is also possible to get wooden compost containers that do a similar job.

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