GB2468362A - Waste receptacle - Google Patents

Waste receptacle Download PDF

Info

Publication number
GB2468362A
GB2468362A GB0903959A GB0903959A GB2468362A GB 2468362 A GB2468362 A GB 2468362A GB 0903959 A GB0903959 A GB 0903959A GB 0903959 A GB0903959 A GB 0903959A GB 2468362 A GB2468362 A GB 2468362A
Authority
GB
United Kingdom
Prior art keywords
closure
receptacle
actuators
waste receptacle
waste
Prior art date
Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.)
Granted
Application number
GB0903959A
Other versions
GB0903959D0 (en
GB2468362B (en
Inventor
Jonathan Adam Todd
Carl Richard Cotton
Current Assignee (The listed assignees may be inaccurate. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the list.)
Personnel Hygiene Services Ltd
Original Assignee
Personnel Hygiene Services Ltd
Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.)
Filing date
Publication date
Application filed by Personnel Hygiene Services Ltd filed Critical Personnel Hygiene Services Ltd
Priority to GB0903959A priority Critical patent/GB2468362B/en
Publication of GB0903959D0 publication Critical patent/GB0903959D0/en
Publication of GB2468362A publication Critical patent/GB2468362A/en
Application granted granted Critical
Publication of GB2468362B publication Critical patent/GB2468362B/en
Active legal-status Critical Current
Anticipated expiration legal-status Critical

Links

Classifications

    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65FGATHERING OR REMOVAL OF DOMESTIC OR LIKE REFUSE
    • B65F1/00Refuse receptacles; Accessories therefor
    • B65F1/10Refuse receptacles; Accessories therefor with refuse filling means, e.g. air-locks
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D43/00Lids or covers for rigid or semi-rigid containers
    • B65D43/26Mechanisms for opening or closing, e.g. pedal-operated
    • B65D43/262Mechanisms for opening or closing, e.g. pedal-operated pedal-operated
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65FGATHERING OR REMOVAL OF DOMESTIC OR LIKE REFUSE
    • B65F1/00Refuse receptacles; Accessories therefor
    • B65F1/14Other constructional features; Accessories
    • B65F1/16Lids or covers
    • B65F1/1607Lids or covers with filling openings
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65FGATHERING OR REMOVAL OF DOMESTIC OR LIKE REFUSE
    • B65F1/00Refuse receptacles; Accessories therefor
    • B65F1/14Other constructional features; Accessories
    • B65F1/16Lids or covers
    • B65F1/1623Lids or covers with means for assisting the opening or closing thereof, e.g. springs
    • B65F1/163Pedal-operated lids
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65FGATHERING OR REMOVAL OF DOMESTIC OR LIKE REFUSE
    • B65F1/00Refuse receptacles; Accessories therefor
    • B65F1/14Other constructional features; Accessories
    • B65F1/16Lids or covers
    • B65F1/1623Lids or covers with means for assisting the opening or closing thereof, e.g. springs
    • B65F1/1638Electromechanically operated lids
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65FGATHERING OR REMOVAL OF DOMESTIC OR LIKE REFUSE
    • B65F1/00Refuse receptacles; Accessories therefor
    • B65F1/14Other constructional features; Accessories
    • B65F2001/1653Constructional features of lids or covers
    • B65F2001/1676Constructional features of lids or covers relating to means for sealing the lid or cover, e.g. against escaping odors

Abstract

A closure system for a waste bin receptacle 1 comprises a closure 6 which is movable between an open position in which waste material can be deposited in the receptacle 1 and a closed position. The closure system further comprises a plurality of separate actuator pedals 14, 15 defining an actuation arrangement arranged to effect movement of the closure 6 between the closed position and the open position. The plurality of pedals 14, 15 are separately actuatable and are positioned at spaced portions of the receptacle 1.

Description

Waste Receptacle The present invention relates to waste receptacles, and in particular to waste receptacles or bins for sanitary purposes, particularly to such receptacles having an openable lid arrangement.
Sanitary waste receptacles frequently have an openable flap and or a drop flap arrangement closing an opening in a lid of the receptacle, the flaps being opened to dispose of waste through the opening into the interior of the container. Such arrangements may have manual means (such as a pedal) for opening the lid flap and or may have a powered opening system. In certain environments sanitary operatives are periodically responsible for service visits to an installation, in order to empty the bin and replace components such as power supply components such as batteries. It is beneficial to reduce the frequency that is 1 5 required for such service visits, and also ensure that the waste receptacles are operable adequately during the time between service visits.
Developments have been made to improve such arrangements.
According to the present invention, there is provided a closure system for a waste receptacle comprising: a closure which is movable between an open position in which waste material can be deposited in the receptacle and a closed position; an actuation arrangement arranged to effect movement of the closure between the closed position and the open position; wherein the actuation arrangement comprises a plurality of separately actuatable actuators positioned at spaced portions of the receptacle.
The actuators are preferably actuatable independently of one another such that actuation of either one will effect movement of the closure. In an alternative embodiment which is generally less prefelTed, the actuation of one may cause simultaneous actuation of the other.
In one embodiment, it is preferred that the actuators are manually actuatable mechanical actuators. The actuators may be like actuators (in other words of similar or identical construction and/or operation).
In a preferred embodiment the actuators comprise pedals, preferably located at the base of the receptacle.
Beneficially, the actuators are provided at opposed ends (or sides) of the receptacle. In one embodiment, the receptacle has opposed ends and sidewalls connecting the ends such that the spacing between the sidewalls is substantially less than the spacing of the opposed end walls. In such an arrangement, the pedals are beneficially positioned in the region of the opposed end walls.
In one embodiment, it is preferred that the actuators act to move a common lifter element to lift the closure. The actuators may operate respective levers to lift the closure.
The closure may preferably comprise a hinged flap openable and closable to reveal and close an entry aperture into the receptacle. Beneficially the receptacle is provided with a removable lid structure and the closure is provided in the lid structure.
The actuators are beneficially spaced in the direction of the hinge line of the closure flap.
In a preferred embodiment, the actuators comprise respective pedals at opposed ends of the receptacle, each separately actuatable to lever a common lifter element to be lifted to engage and open the hinged flap. The lifter element may beneficially extend upwardly through an aperture in the lid structure of the receptacle, the hinged flap being mounted to the lid structure.
In addition to the manually actuatable actuators, the waste receptacle may further include a powered lifting mechanism operable to lift the closure. The powered lifting mechanism and the manually movable actuators preferably act to move a common lifter element to lift the closure.
The invention will now be further described in a specific embodiment, by way of example only and with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which: Figure 1 is a front side perspective view of a waste receptacle in accordance with the invention; Figure 2 is a perspective view of the receptacle of figure 1 from the rear and below; Figure 3 is a view similar to the view of figure 2 but with the access flap in the open position; Figure 4 is a view corresponding to the view of figure 3 but from the front side; Figures 5 and 6 are perspective views showing the access into the receptacle with the access flap open; Figure 7 is a schematic view showing the tray flap construction; Figures 8 and 9 are perspective partial views showing the automatic powered operating mechanism for the receptacle; Figures 10 and 11 are schematic partial perspective views showing operation of the automatic powered operating mechanism for the receptacle.
Referring to the drawings, there is shown a there is shown a waste bin receptacle 1 comprising a moulded plastics lower container 2 having an upstanding peripheral sidewalls 3 end walls 13 and a base 4. The spacing between the sidewalls 3 is substantially less than the spacing of the opposed end walls 13. The upper open end of the lower container 2 is closed by a removable lid structure 5 which rests on the upper rim of the lower container 2.
The removable lid structure 5 includes an openable flap 6 which in a closed position (as shown in figure 1) lies flush with the upper surface 7 of the removable lid structure 5 and in an open position (shown in figure 3 and 4) is hinged to be pivoted at hinges 8 to reveal an opening 9 through the removable lid structure 5.
The underside of the access flap 6 is provided at its rear edge, between the hinges 8, with an integrally moulded abutment wedge 10, which is acted on by an actuator arrangement to open the lid. This will be described in detail later.
The bin 1 is provided at opposed ends 11, 12 with separate actuator pedals 14 15. The actuator pedals comprise foot pads I 4a 1 5a connected at respective proximal ends of respective lever extensions 1 4b 1 Sb which are pivotably mounted in receiving channels 16 17 provided on the underside of the base 4 of the lower container 3. Fulcrum formations 19 are formed in the structure of the bin base 4 to aid in retaining the lever extensions 1 4b 1 Sb and provide a fulcrum therefor. The distal terminal ends 1 4c 1 Sc of the lever extensions are positioned directly below an actuator plate 16 which is mounted to the lower end of an elongate actuator blade 17 which extends upwardly in a receiving recess provided on the rear of the container 2. Activation of one of the foot pedals 14, 15 causes the actuator blade 17 to be levered to move translationaly upwardly in the longitudinal direction, moving in the recess provided on the rear of the container 2.
The uppermost end l7a of the actuator blade 17 is positioned so as to be capable of extending, when raised upwardly to its maximum extent, to extend through an opening slot 18 in the removable lid structure 5 on the internal wall at the location of the access opening 9 which is closed by the flap 6. In so doing the uppermost end 17a of the actuator blade 17 moves into engagement with the abutment wedge 10 and forces the access flap to move on the hinge mounting to open upwardly. When the downward pressure on the relevant pedal 14 15 is removed, the pedal pivots about fulcrum structure 19 back to its neutral (at rest position) under the weight of the actuator blade 17 which moves downwardly under its own weight and under the weight of the flap 6, as the flap 6 lowers to its closed position.
Either pedal 14 or 15 maybe used independently of the other in order to effect lever actuation of the actuator blade 17 to open the flap 6. This enables the bin I to be positioned at either side of a location (for example toilet for seated use) and enable one of the pedals to be at a forward location and the flap 6 hinges 8 to be on the side of the bin remote from the toilet location. This permits the pedal to be at the front end of the bin and the hinge 8 to be positioned to enable the flap 6 to open away from the toilet location whichever side of the toilet the bin is positioned. The bin simply needs to be positioned to ensure that the flap 6 opens the appropriate way and it is guaranteed that one of the pedals 14, 15 will be accessible at the front of the bin.
As can be seen most clearly in figures 5 and 6, the opening 9 in the removable lid structure 5 in addition to being closed by the flap 6 is also closed by a pair of pivoting tray flaps 20, 21 which are each pivotally mounted at respective edges 9a 9b of the opening 9 at a level below the lid 6. The tray flaps 20 2lare biased to a closed position as shown in figure 5 in which the opening 9 is closed. In the closed position the tray flaps are inclined downwardly from the edges 9a 9b to meet at a join line 22 midway across the opening. The lid includes wedge shaped side panels 23 having a lower peripheral edge 23a against which the tray flaps 20 21 are upwardly biased to stay in the closed position. The biasing of the tray flaps 20 21 can be achieved by the provision of a counterbalance extension 24 moulded integrally with the flap (21 as shown in figure 7) to ensure that the tray flap is biased about pivot structure 25 to the closed position.
When disposing of waste into the bin 1, the flap 6 is raised and the waste item is placed on the tray flaps 6 which are in their neutral at rest position closing the opening 9. Under the weight of the waste item, the flaps pivot downwardly to their open configuration (as shown in figure 6) in which the opening 9 provides a complete passage into the interior of the bin 1. Following disposal of the item into the interior of the bin, the counter balance structure 24 of the tray flaps 20 21 acts to restore the flaps 20 21 to the closed position. In this way the tray flaps abut along the join line 22 inhibiting odours from leaving the bin. The flap 6, when reverting to its closed position also acts as a double barrier to prevent odours from leaving the interior of the bin.
Because a pair of tray flaps 20 21 are provided that in the closed position meet at a join line 22 midway across the opening, the maximum distance that either tray flap 20 21 projects downwardly into the interior of the bin is a distance one width of the flap (in the maximum open configuration) which corresponds to a distance approximately one half the width of the opening. This is in contrast to known prior art systems which have a single tray flap extending across an opening and which extend downwardly into the bin by a greater proportion when in the maximum open position. It is therefore possible to fill a bin having a dual tray flap arrangement to a greater extent (depth) than one not having such arrangement. Consequently it is possible to reduce the frequency with which bins need to be emptied which is an important commercial consideration.
In the embodiment shown in figures 8 to 11, the waste bin 1 is provided with a power unit which is mounted in the removable lid structure 5. The power unit 30 is intended to permit powered operation to lift the openable access flap 6. The power unit includes a replaceable electric battery and motor arranged to drive a shaft 31 which exits the housing of the power unit 30 and carries a gear pinion wheel 32. The pinion wheel 32 meshes with a gear tooth rack 34 which is attached to a drive arm 35, such that rotary driving of the pinion wheel 32 causes linear movement of the drive arm 35. The drive arm 35 is provided with a longitudinally running slot 36 within which are positioned guide rollers 37 arranged to guide the linear motion of the drive arm 35. At the distal end of the drive arm is mounted a scissors linkage actuator which has a pivot point 38 which moves in unison with the drive arm 35 and link elements 39 40 which are connected to the pivot point 38 at one end and at the other end carry projecting spigots 41 42 which are constrained to move in a guide slot 44 provided towards the upper end 1 7a of the elongate actuator blade 17. The drive arm 35, pinion wheel 32 and scissors linkage mechanism are mounted on a support wall 45 extending from the side of the unit. The support wall lies adjacent the internal surface of the wall of the lower bin receptacle 2.
In the rest position the upper spigot 41 rests at the top of the guide channel 44 in the lifter blade 17. This is the configuration shown in figure 10. When the open' actuator switch is pressed on the power unit, the pinion wheel 32 is turned by the motor shaft 31 to drive the drive arm away from the unit 30 expanding the scissors linkage and driving the spigots 41 and 42 apart in the guide channel 44 in the lifter blade 17. This causes the lifter blade 17 to move upwardly from the rest position shown in figure 10 to the lifting position shown in figure 11 in which the lifter blade 10 is raised to its maximum height. In so doing the uppermost end I 7a of the lifter blade 17 moves into engagement with the abutment wedge 10 and forces the access flap 6 to move on the hinge mounting 8 to open upwardly. After a predetermined time the pinion wheel is driven to rotate to a predetermined degree in the reverse direction and the drive arm 35 moves in the reverse direction collapsing the scissors linkage and allowing the lifter blade to lower under gravity causing the flap 6 to close. In this embodiment, the power unit and opening mechanism may importantly be provided in addition to and independently operable with respect to one or more foot pedal or other manually actuatable lifter arrangements for the access flap 6. The lifter blade 17 is capable of being manually raised upwardly (for example by means of the foot pedal 14, 15) even though the mechanical connections to the powered lifter mechanism are in place. Movement of the lifter blade upwardly does not require the components of the mechanical powered drive mechanism necessarily to move and there is no significant reaction force to overcome. Thus if the power unit fails (for example because the battery becomes discharged) the manual actuator can be used in order to effect opening of the flap via the lifter actuator blade 17.
It should be appreciated that alternative powered mechanisms could be utilised provided the facility to enable operation of the lifter actuator independently manually is maintained.

Claims (16)

  1. Claims: 1. A closure system for a waste receptacle comprising: a closure which is movable between an open position in which waste material can be deposited in the receptacle and a closed position; an actuation arrangement arranged to effect movement of the closure between the closed position and the open position; wherein the actuation arrangement comprises a plurality of separately actuatable actuators positioned at spaced portions of the receptacle.
  2. 2. A closure system for a waste receptacle according to claim 1, wherein the actuators are actuatable independently of one another such that actuation of either one will effect movement of the closure.
  3. 3. A closure system for a waste receptacle according to claim 1 or claim 2, wherein the actuators are manually actuatable mechanical actuators.
  4. 4. A closure system for a waste receptacle according to any preceding claim, wherein the actuators are like actuators.
  5. 5. A closure system for a waste receptacle according to any preceding claim, wherein the actuators comprise pedals.
  6. 6. A closure system for a waste receptacle according to any preceding claim wherein the actuators are provided at opposed ends (or sides) of the receptacle.
  7. 7. A closure system for a waste receptacle according to any preceding claim, wherein the actuators act to move a common lifter element to lift the closure.
  8. 8. A closure system for a waste receptacle according to any preceding claim, wherein the actuators operate respective levers to lift the closure.
  9. 9. A closure system for a waste receptacle according to any preceding claim wherein the closure comprises a hinged flap.
  10. 10. A closure system for a waste receptacle according to claim 9, wherein the actuators are spaced in the direction of the hinge line.
  11. 11. A closure system for a waste receptacle according to claim 9 or claim 10, wherein the actuators comprise respective pedals at opposed ends of the receptacle, each separately actuatable to lever a common lifter element to be lifted to engage and open the hinged flap.
  12. 12. A closure system for a waste receptacle according to any claim 11, wherein the lifter element extends upwardly through an aperture in lid structure of the receptacle, the hinged flap being mounted to the lid structure.
  13. 13. A closure system for a waste receptacle according to any preceding claim, wherein the waste receptacle further includes a powered lifting mechanism operable to lift the closure.
  14. 14. A closure system for a waste receptacle according to claim 13, wherein the powered lifting mechanism and the manually movable actuators act to move a common lifter element to lift the closure.
  15. 15. A waste receptacle including a closure system according to any preceding claim.
  16. 16. A lid structure for a waste receptacle including means for cooperating with a closure system according to any preceding claim.
GB0903959A 2009-03-07 2009-03-07 Waste receptacle Active GB2468362B (en)

Priority Applications (1)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
GB0903959A GB2468362B (en) 2009-03-07 2009-03-07 Waste receptacle

Applications Claiming Priority (1)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
GB0903959A GB2468362B (en) 2009-03-07 2009-03-07 Waste receptacle

Publications (3)

Publication Number Publication Date
GB0903959D0 GB0903959D0 (en) 2009-04-22
GB2468362A true GB2468362A (en) 2010-09-08
GB2468362B GB2468362B (en) 2011-07-27

Family

ID=40600682

Family Applications (1)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
GB0903959A Active GB2468362B (en) 2009-03-07 2009-03-07 Waste receptacle

Country Status (1)

Country Link
GB (1) GB2468362B (en)

Cited By (1)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
CN103057882A (en) * 2013-02-06 2013-04-24 长沙伟诺机电有限公司 Separated waste collection and transporting method

Citations (2)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3081937A (en) * 1960-11-07 1963-03-19 Peter A Kreider Automobile trash disposal system
JPH05105203A (en) * 1991-04-04 1993-04-27 Tokai Riken Kk Cover closing fixture for pale stand and pale container

Patent Citations (2)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3081937A (en) * 1960-11-07 1963-03-19 Peter A Kreider Automobile trash disposal system
JPH05105203A (en) * 1991-04-04 1993-04-27 Tokai Riken Kk Cover closing fixture for pale stand and pale container

Cited By (1)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
CN103057882A (en) * 2013-02-06 2013-04-24 长沙伟诺机电有限公司 Separated waste collection and transporting method

Also Published As

Publication number Publication date
GB2468362B (en) 2011-07-27
GB0903959D0 (en) 2009-04-22

Similar Documents

Publication Publication Date Title
US5372271A (en) Pedal actuated waste disposal bin
US8418607B2 (en) Waste compaction and lift gate mechanism
CN201419904Y (en) Foot induction-type garbage can
US10300671B2 (en) Compaction receptacle
GB2468473A (en) Waste receptacle
GB2468362A (en) Waste receptacle
WO1994015774A1 (en) A combination compacting and lifting apparatus
GB2468472A (en) Waste receptacle
KR20100115563A (en) Dustbin of double pedal
EP3530591A1 (en) Knee operated and/or motor operated waste bin
US20080029513A1 (en) Bin Having a Reversible Flap
CN211443612U (en) Intelligent garbage can
WO2006026822A1 (en) Compactor bin
EP1854743A1 (en) Sanitary dressing waste bin
EP3018078B1 (en) Waste container
CN216470031U (en) Waterproof deodorant and throw material convenient material collection device
CN113772298B (en) Automatic flip garbage can
CN215754397U (en) Storage barrel
CN201201793Y (en) Dustbin lid structure
NL1037188C2 (en) Mobile waste container.
KR200419064Y1 (en) A barying dustbin store device
CN215905173U (en) Intelligent non-contact medical garbage cabinet
CN210794442U (en) One-key body-changing garbage can
EP2439153B1 (en) Filling lock
AU2005209623B2 (en) Compactor bin