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A Sure Close

The City of Ottawa recently awarded its RFP for 240,000 Kitchen Foodscrap Collection Containers (KFCC) to a new design by DW Design and manufactured by Ottawa Mould Craft, both of Ottawa, Ontario.


The City of Ottawa recently awarded its RFP for 240,000 Kitchen Foodscrap Collection Containers (KFCC) to a new design by DW Design and manufactured by Ottawa Mould Craft, both of Ottawa, Ontario.

The “Sure-Close” (Patent Pending) incorporates numerous design features, the result of primary research into the use of KFCCs by nearly 100 residents, as well as secondary research, which included a careful analysis of the survey of KFCC use conducted by Stop Waste, theAlameda County Waste ManagementAuthority which co-ordinates waste diversion in that California county of 1.5 million.

The Sure-Close gets its name from its double-seal technology, one of which is an interlocking seal and a superior lid clasp that ensures house-and fruit flies stay outside the container. With the interlocking seal, a channel in the lid of the container brings the lid into perfect alignment with the top rim on the body of the container, ensuring the lid clasp always closes properly, thus ensuring a proper seal. Secondly, there is a bore-type seal, whereby a flexible rib in the lid presses against the inside bore of the body of the container.

Other unique features include: moulded-in stop points which act to hold the lid open at 90 degrees, multiple grip areas, letterbox shape and quick release lid — all of which ensure that the container is easy to use, carry, empty and clean. This makes it easy to integrate into the daily lives of residents.

The photos include a side shot of the Sure-Close with the lid at 90 degrees and another that shows both the grip area on the bottom of the Sure-Close as well as the grip area on the back of the lid. The letterbox shape helps facilitate foodscrap material deposited into the container being more likely to contact the back of the container rather the hinge and lid area. The trapzoidal shape also helps to facilaite plate scraping. The “under the lip grip” makes it particularly convenient when moving the container from one location to another (for example to and from under the sink and onto the kitchen counter).

The Sure-Close is available in two styles with a solid lid and with ventilated lid (shown). The integral venting and innovative interior fluting ensure that the foodscraps will remain aerated and odour free. Furthermore, the integrated venting system in means residents have no filters to replace. But a solid lid is also available. Not to be overlooked are the environmental features, as the Sure-Close contains the highest possible amount of recycled material and is itself fully recyclable. Finally, tested to CSA 1010 safety standards, which involves loading of 13.2 kgs or 29 lbs., ensures container longevity.

Rod Muir is Waste Diversion Campaigner for Sierra Club Canada and founder of Waste Diversion Toronto in Toronto, Ontario. To learn more about Sure-Close, contact Rod atrodmuir@sympatico.ca


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