US20040222333A1 - Temporary trash holder - Google Patents

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US20040222333A1
US20040222333A1 US10797917 US79791704A US2004222333A1 US 20040222333 A1 US20040222333 A1 US 20040222333A1 US 10797917 US10797917 US 10797917 US 79791704 A US79791704 A US 79791704A US 2004222333 A1 US2004222333 A1 US 2004222333A1
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    • B65FGATHERING OR REMOVAL OF DOMESTIC OR LIKE REFUSE
    • B65F1/00Refuse receptacles; Accessories therefor
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    • B65F1/1415Supports, racks, stands, posts or the like for holding refuse receptacles for flexible receptables, e.g. bags, sacks

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A trash bag support structure has an annular member for supporting the trash bag in open condition and a resilient annular clamp hoop arranged to surround the annular member circumferentially. A marginal portion of the trash bag is interposed between the annular member and the resilient annular clamp hoop, and a tension latch arrangement applies a circumferential tension force to the resilient annular clamp, thereby urging same against the trash bag and the annular member. The tension latch arrangement is provided with a resilient latching element and is disposed in the vicinity of a fixation point where a support arrangement is coupled to the annular member and the resilient annular clamp. A support arrangement is adapted to couple to existing structure in an outdoor event environment, and there is further provided a locking arrangement for preventing unauthorized decoupling of the support arrangement from the existing structure of the outdoor event environment, such as a railing or a back board member of a park bench. A stanchion couples securely to the coupler portion and is insertable into the ground, whereby the trash bag support is supported securely in an upright manner independent of preexisting structure.

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    RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER APPLICATIONS
  • This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/453,399 filed Mar. 10, 2003.[0001]
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention [0002]
  • This invention relates generally to trash and lawn bag support arrangements, and more particularly, to an arrangement for temporarily holding accumulated trash at events. [0003]
  • 2. Description of the Related Art [0004]
  • There are known a number of arrangements for supporting trash bags in various states of deployment. Such arrangements are generally light in weight and are not structured for heavy use as would be the case in a special event where many people are crowded together and easily can upset the arrangement, whereby the content trash is spilled, or the arrangement is displaced or misappropriated. [0005]
  • The known arrangements are not well suited for use during outdoor concerts or other events such as golf events, or by parks departments or other organizations that have but occasional need for large numbers of trash containers and where it would be impractical or undesirable to store large numbers of conventional trash cans. [0006]
  • It is, therefore, an object of this invention to provide a sturdy trash container that can withstand the disturbances that are common in large outdoor events. [0007]
  • It is another object of this invention to provide a trash container that can be secured to reduce the likelihood of same being removed without authorization. [0008]
  • It is also an object of this invention to provide a trash container that can be secured to existing furniture, fencing, or other structures. [0009]
  • It is a further object of this invention to provide trash container that can be secured to a stand-alone support. [0010]
  • It is additionally an object of this invention to provide a trash container that can be secured with a tamper resistant security arrangement. [0011]
  • It is yet a further object of this invention to provide a trash container stand that will support the trash container securely and upright. [0012]
  • It is yet another object of this invention to provide a trash container system that readily can be stored and/or transported in quantity with limited space requirements. [0013]
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The foregoing and other objects are achieved by this invention which provides in an apparatus aspect thereof a trash bag support structure having an annular member for supporting the trash bag in open condition and a resilient annular clamp arranged to surround the annular member circumferentially. A marginal portion of the trash bag is interposed between the annular member and the resilient annular clamp. There is additionally provided a tension latch arrangement for applying a tension force to the resilient annular clamp and urging same against the annular member. [0014]
  • In one embodiment of the invention, the tension latch arrangement is provided with a resilient latching element. The annular member and the resilient annular clamp are fixedly coupled to one another at a predetermined fixation point. Further in this embodiment, the tension latching arrangement is disposed in the vicinity of the predetermined fixation point, and there is further provided a support arrangement coupled to the annular member and the resilient annular clamp in the vicinity of the predetermined fixation point. [0015]
  • In a further embodiment, the support arrangement is adapted to couple to existing structure in an outdoor event environment, and there is further provided a locking arrangement for preventing unauthorized decoupling of the support arrangement from the existing structure of the outdoor event environment. The support arrangement is provided with a coupler portion that is adapted to couple to an existing park bench by overlying a back board member of the existing park bench. The locking arrangement is provided with a locking element that engages the coupler portion and the back board member of the existing park bench simultaneously to prevent the unauthorized decoupling. [0016]
  • In a further embodiment, the support arrangement is provided with a coupler portion that is adapted to couple to a horizontal member of a preexisting railing system. The locking arrangement is provided with a locking element that engages the coupler portion and the back board member of the horizontal member of the preexisting railing system simultaneously to prevent the unauthorized decoupling. [0017]
  • A still further mounting and securing arrangement involves the use of a stanchion that couples securely to coupler portion and that is insertable into the ground, whereby the trash bag support is supported securely in an upright manner independent of preexisting structure.[0018]
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING
  • Comprehension of the invention is facilitated by reading the following detailed description, in conjunction with the annexed drawing, in which [0019]
  • FIG. 1 is a schematic representation of a temporary trash holding container constructed in accordance with the principles of the invention; [0020]
  • FIG. 1[0021] a is an enlarged schematic representation of a portion of the temporary trash holding container of FIG. 1;
  • FIG. 2 is a top plan representation of the temporary trash holding container of FIG. 1; [0022]
  • FIG. 3 is a front elevation representation of the temporary trash holding container of FIG. 1; [0023]
  • FIG. 4 is a side plan representation of the temporary trash holding container of FIG. 1; [0024]
  • FIG. 5 is a schematic representation of a stanchion for supporting the temporary trash holding container of FIG. 1; [0025]
  • FIG. 6 is a top plan representation of the stanchion of FIG. 5 as seen along section A-A; [0026]
  • FIG. 7 is a top plan representation of the stanchion of FIG. 5 as seen along section B-B; [0027]
  • FIG. 8 is a schematic elevation representation of a transporter arrangement for the temporary trash holding container; [0028]
  • FIG. 9 is a schematic plan representation of the transporter arrangement of FIG. 8; [0029]
  • FIG. 10 is a simplified isometric representation of the temporary trash holding container of the present invention; and [0030]
  • FIG. 11 is a simplified isometric representation of a resilient lock arrangement for use in the temporary trash holding container of the present invention.[0031]
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • FIG. 1 is a schematic representation of a temporary trash holding container [0032] 10 constructed in accordance with the principles of the invention. As shown, temporary trash holding container 10 is formed of a trash bag 12 that is supported on a hoop arrangement 14 that has, in this specific illustrative embodiment of the invention, an integrally formed mounting portion 16. The support portion is shown to be coupled to a stanchion 20 that has a coupler 22 attached thereto, which is shown to be coupled to mounting portion 16. In this specific illustrative embodiment of the invention, mounting portion 16 is precluded from being easily removed from coupler 22 by operation of a tamper resistant lock 18.
  • Stanchion [0033] 20 serves as a stand that supports hoop arrangement 14 in a substantially horizontal orientation whereby trash bag 12 is conveniently disposed to receive trash (not shown). The stanchion has a pointed portion 25 that penetrates ground soil 27. Such penetration is facilitated by a foot plate 29 that serves the multiple purposes of enabling an installer (not shown) to use his or her foot to urge pointed portion 25 into the soil, define the desired depth of the penetration, and provided additional stability to the stanchion. Preferably, the height of stanchion 20 is established such that the bottom of trash bag 12 rests on the surface of the ground to help support the weight of the trash (not shown) therein.
  • FIG. 1[0034] a is an enlarged schematic representation of a portion of hoop arrangement 14 of temporary trash holding container 10, shown in FIG. 1. Trash bag 12 is shown to be interposed between two substantially concentric hoops, arranged in the form of an inner hoop 30 and an outer hoop 31. Outer hoop 31 is urged radially inward toward inner hoop 30 by operation of a latching arrangement 33 (see, FIG. 1) that will be described in greater detail below. As will be discussed below, inner hoop 30 and outer hoop 31 are formed of steel strap (flat bar). The outer hoop is characterized by a measure of resiliency whereby it can be loosened to permit entrance and removal of trash bag 12, and can be urged circumferentially by a resilient latching element 35 in latching arrangement 33 that maintains outer hoop 31 in a condition of circumferential tension whereby a radial retention force is applied to the portion of trash bag 12 interposed between the hoops.
  • FIG. 2 is a top plan representation of the temporary trash holding container [0035] 10 of FIG. 1, particularly hoop arrangement 14 and mounting portion 16 coupled thereto. This figure illustrates that, in this specific illustrative embodiment of the invention, hoop arrangement 14 has a substantially annular configuration. Inner hoop 30 is formed of {fraction (3/16)} inch steel flat bar that has been annularly formed and outer hoop 31 is formed largely of {fraction (1/8)} inch steel flat bar that has been correspondingly annularly formed to surround inner hoop 30 circumferentially. In this specific illustrative embodiment of the invention, hoop arrangement 14 has an internal diameter of 1 foot 6 inches. Mounting portion 16 extends radially outward of hoop arrangement 14 for approximately 3⅞ inches.
  • FIG. 3 is a front elevation representation of temporary trash holding container [0036] 10 of FIG. 1. As shown, mounting portion 16 has a length of approximately 8 inches in this specific illustrative embodiment of the invention.
  • FIG. 4 is a side elevation representation of temporary trash holding container [0037] 10 of FIG. 1. It is seen in this figure that the overall front-to-back dimension in this specific illustrative embodiment of the invention is 1 foot 9% inches. The flat bars that form inner hoop 30 and outer hoop 31 have a width of 1¼inches. The height of mounting portion 16 is 5¼ inches with a width of 2¼ inches. The rearmost portion of mounting portion 16 extends downward for 4¼ inches.
  • FIG. 5 is a schematic representation of stanchion [0038] 20 for supporting temporary trash holding container 10 of FIG. 1. As shown, stanchion 20 has, in this specific illustrative embodiment of the invention, an overall length of 3 feet 2¼ inches above foot plate 29. Pointed portion 25 has an overall length of 1 foot 6¼ inches below foot plate 29. The portion of stanchion 20 above foot plate 29 has a diameter of about 1½ inches, while pointed portion 25 has a diameter of about 1 inch.
  • FIG. 6 is a top plan representation of stanchion [0039] 20 of FIG. 5 as seen along section A-A (i.e., coupler 22) of FIG. 5. Coupler 22 is formed of {fraction (1/8)} inch thick steel plate, and is dimensioned at about 1 foot by 5 and {fraction (15/16)} inches.
  • FIG. 7 is a top plan representation of stanchion [0040] 20 of FIG. 5 as seen along section B-B (i.e., foot plate 29) of FIG. 5. Foot plate 29 is formed of {fraction (3/16)} inch thick steel plate in this embodiment, and is dimensioned at about 1 foot by 5 and {fraction (15/16)} inches.
  • FIGS. 8 and 9 represent schematically a transporter arrangement [0041] 40 for carrying and storing a stacked plurality of temporary trash holding containers (without respective trash bags 12). FIG. 8 is a schematic elevation representation of a transporter arrangement 40. More specifically, transporter arrangement 40 includes a base portion 42 having a generally square configuration, 1 foot 10 inches on each side, with a height of 1¼ inches. In this embodiment, the sheet steel that forms the base is turned inward at the bottom 44 thereof by about 4 inches.
  • There is installed on base portion [0042] 42 a length of ½ inch steel round stock 46 that extends upwardly from base portion 42 for about 3 feet 9 inches, then horizontally for about 1 foot {fraction (5/8)} inches, and then back down to base portion 42. A second length of ½ inch steel round stock 47 is similarly formed, but has a lesser height (by about % inch) that is configured so that steel round stock 47 is accommodated at the top thereof under steel round stock 46. FIG. 9 is a schematic plan representation of transporter arrangement 40 of FIG. 8 and shows steel round stock 46 and steel round stock 47 to be disposed orthogonally to one another on base portion 42 of {fraction (1/8)} inch steel plate.
  • In use, multiple ones of hoop arrangements [0043] 14 (see, e.g., FIG. 4) are deposited over steel round stock 46 and steel round stock 47 for storage and/or transport. Of course, the hoop arrangements do not have installed thereon, during such storage and/or transport, either respective trash bags 12 or stanchions 20.
  • It is to be understood that the present invention is not limited to use in connection with individual stands, such as a stanchion [0044] 20. Mounting portion 16 can readily be installed on existing outdoor structure, such as the back of a park bench (not shown) or a railing (not shown). The railing or park bench may have a hole (not shown) drilled therethrough that accommodates the shaft portion of tamper resistant lock 18.
  • FIG. 10 is a simplified isometric representation of hoop arrangement [0045] 14 and mounting portion 16 of temporary trash holding container 10 of the present invention.
  • FIG. 11 is a simplified isometric representation of a latching arrangement [0046] 33 for use in conjunction with temporary trash holding container 10 of the present invention. Latching arrangement 33 has a resilient latching element 35 that is pivotally coupled at one end to a latch coupler 50 that is welded to a secured portion of outer hoop 31 (i.e., where outer hoop 31 is fixed, such as by welding, to inner hoop 30 and mounting portion 16). A latching fork 52 has a pair of fork-like tines formed integrally therewith and is fixed to the loose end of outer hoop 31. In operation, while outer hoop 31 is in a loosened condition, such as by latching arrangement 33 being unlatched, the user (not shown) can accommodate trash bag 12 between inner hoop 30 and outer hoop 31, as shown in FIG. 1a. Once trash bag 12 has been installed, the user will manually pull handle portion 55 of resilient latching element 35 to stretch resilient latching element 35 until larger diameter portion 57 is disposed beyond latching fork 52, at which time the shaft of resilient latching element 35 is inserted between the tines of latching fork 52. In this manner, the energy stored in resilient latching element 35 applies a circumferential force that resiliently urges outer hoop 31 radially against inner hoop 30, thereby holding trash bag 12 therebetween.
  • Although the invention has been described in terms of specific embodiments and applications, persons skilled in the art may, in light of this teaching, generate additional embodiments without exceeding the scope or departing from the spirit of the invention described herein. Accordingly, it is to be understood that the drawing and description in this disclosure are proffered to facilitate comprehension of the invention, and should not be construed to limit the scope thereof. [0047]

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    What is claimed is:
  1. 1. A trash bag support structure comprising:
    an annular member for supporting the trash bag in open condition;
    a resilient annular clamp arranged to surround said annular member circumferentially, a marginal portion of the trash bag being interposed between said annular member and said resilient annular clamp; and
    a tension latch arrangement for applying a tension force to said resilient annular clamp and urging same against said annular member.
  2. 2. The trash bag support structure of claim 1, wherein said tension latch arrangement comprises a resilient latching element.
  3. 3. The trash bag support structure of claim 1, wherein said annular member and said resilient annular clamp are fixedly coupled to one another at a predetermined fixation point.
  4. 4. The trash bag support structure of claim 3, wherein said tension latching arrangement is disposed in the vicinity of the predetermined fixation point.
  5. 5. The trash bag support structure of claim 3, wherein there is further provided a support arrangement coupled to said annular member and said resilient annular clamp in the vicinity of the predetermined fixation point.
  6. 6. The trash bag support structure of claim 5, wherein said support arrangement is adapted to couple to existing structure in an outdoor event environment, and there is further provided a locking arrangement for preventing unauthorized decoupling of said support arrangement from the existing structure of the outdoor event environment.
  7. 7. The trash bag support structure of claim 6, wherein said support arrangement comprises a coupler portion adapted to couple to an existing park bench by overlying a back board member of the existing park bench.
  8. 8. The trash bag support structure of claim 7, wherein said locking arrangement comprises a locking element that engages said coupler portion and the back board member of the existing park bench simultaneously to prevent the unauthorized decoupling.
  9. 9. The trash bag support structure of claim 6, wherein said support arrangement comprises a coupler portion adapted to couple to a horizontal member of a preexisting railing system.
  10. 10. The trash bag support structure of claim 9, wherein said locking arrangement comprises a locking element that engages said coupler portion and the back board member of the horizontal member of the preexisting railing system simultaneously to prevent the unauthorized decoupling.
  11. 11. The trash bag support structure of claim 6, wherein said support arrangement comprises a coupler portion adapted to couple to a stanchion support member.
  12. 12. The trash bag support structure of claim 11, wherein said locking arrangement comprises a locking element that engages said coupler portion and the stanchion support member simultaneously to prevent the unauthorized decoupling.
  13. 13. The trash bag support structure of claim 11, wherein said stanchion support member is provided with a pointed portion for entering the ground and being supported upright thereby.
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