It may not be a topic you’ve ever thought about that much, but consider for a moment the importance of proper waste facilities in hospitals. Hospitals are a place where it’s even more vital than normal to keep up hygiene standards and put the bin facilities to the best use possible to help prevent the spread of infection. So what options or key features can you expect to see for hospital bins?

One common solution that lends itself to efficiency, hygiene and ease of use is the open sack holder bin. This is essentially a basic structure or frame (either free-standing or wall-mounted), which has a bin liner strap to hold the bin liner in place. As the bin has no body in the way that conventional bins do, it cuts down on the surface area where bacteria could otherwise breed and also allows hospital staff to see more easily what has been placed in the bin so they can act quickly if there is a suspicious object they may not otherwise have noticed with an opaque bin.

Another ubiquitous feature of hospital bins is the hands-free operating procedure. Probably the best known method here is the pedal bin, which you open with your foot, thereby reducing the risk of contamination from touching a potentially harmful substance. This is also practical if you are carrying a large amount of waste which needs to be thrown away – it’s not always easy to lean down and open a bin when you’ve got your hands full.

A second hands-free bin solution is the sensor bin, which operates by activating an in-built sensor that then lifts the lid for you and later closes it. Again, this is very hygienic as it cuts out the need to touch the bin and makes your job a lot easier as it does the hard work for you.

Recycling and safe disposal of chemicals or other potentially harmful items is as important in hospitals as it is in domestic situations, if not more. This is why one key feature of hospital bins is the fact they are colour-coordinated according to what should be put in them. The colours of hospital bins often differ to domestic bins – for example, they are often white, grey, yellow, orange or black depending what is due to be disposed in them. These are just a few key features that distinguish hospital bins from those you use every day.

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