The smoking ban has created a better environment for all of us. But its introduction has had some unforeseen side effects; outside many buildings where smokers now congregate, an unsightly build up of discarded cigarette butts can often be seen.

Many pubs, bars and restaurants have installed ashtrays but often they are too small and they soon over flow and the discarded cigarette butts end up falling on the floor.

Smoking bins are a far more practical solution, especially with the smoking ban meaning that more and more bars, pubs and restaurants have a regular crowd of people outside the doors. Unlike normal litter bins and waste bins, a smoking bin is designed to allow the cigarette to be safely stubbed out before it is discarded.

These cigarette bins are also able to hold large amounts of cigarette ends and can cope with the demands of a busy restaurant or bar. They are also made from metal to prevent any possibility of fire, a problem that can often occur if smokers are forced to discard cigarette ends in conventional waste bins.

A free standing smoking bins as well as wall mounted cigarette bins when compared to ashtrays, don’tt have to be emptied as often and will ensure that the front of the building is not littered with cigarette ends.

Cigarette bins can also help to ensure people are not congregating and blocking entrances and exits. By placing a smoking bin or cigarette bin away from the front door it will steer smokers away from the building’s frontage. Although, if there is no cover you may find people congregating under the nearest porch and so would be best to place the smoking bin there.

Any you could be legally responsible too. Many local authorities are cracking down on the discarding of cigarette materials and large fines are being imposed on both smokers and businesses who allow the littering on the front of their premises.

More and more bars and restaurants are realising that they need to provide facilities now for smokers to prevent either their doorways being blocked or cigarette butts from littering the floor. Smoking shelters are becoming common place and for every shelter it is important that good sized smoking bin is provided to prevent litter.

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