Solid Waste & Recycling


Taking Out the Waste in Facility Maintenance

The Progressive Litter Receptable (PLR) has a sleek contemporary design and can be customized with your imprinted graphics or logo.

The Progressive Litter Receptable (PLR) has a sleek contemporary design and can be customized with your imprinted graphics or logo.

While keeping trash under control isn’t the only priority of facility, maintenance, and property managers, in the day-in, day-out scheme of keeping facilities operational, it’s a job that cannot be overlooked. Simply put, the public expects a clean, aesthetic experience, and nothing will get their attention quicker than overflowing, unkempt trash cans.

Where facility managers have traditionally had to choose between undersized trash cans requiring frequent emptying, ugly “oil barrels” and costly concrete or wrought iron containers, new larger, more durable and aesthetic waste receptacles allow them to stretch their staffing and maintenance budgets while keeping facilities cleaner and more appealing than ever.

The drawbacks of traditional trash containers have been many. Because most are offered in a 30 to 40 gallon size, they require extra labor and trips to empty them out. The added work can overtax busy facility staff, distract them from important repairs/preventive maintenance, and require the hiring of additional staff. Such labor is multiplied by container designs that require extra steps, such as removing or replacing a lid or failing to provide for automation where appropriate.

Durability and aesthetics have also been a problem. Single layer, injection molded type cans may slice all the way down when punctured, or crack, melt, peel, or fade in summer heat or winter cold. Metal containers tend to scratch and rust, and concrete containers stain — even though they may cost many hundreds of dollars. They remain unsightly unless continually maintained or until replaced, which adds considerable expense.

The limitations of typical trash containers have facility managers looking to more cost-effective, aesthetic alternatives.

Though proactive in his management approach, Clint Campbell, a food services facilities manager for a university, faced a dilemma. With 5,000 transactions per day in food service areas, the 30-gallon cabinet-style trash cans used tended to overflow before maintenance staff could complete their rounds.

The door flap covering the interior bin also tended to break off, and the units themselves didn’t weather well outside. Other open cans allowed birds to get into the trash and make a mess.

“We either had to add more staff or solve the problem with a different type of trash receptacle,” says Campbell. “Typical plastic cans didn’t provide longevity, cement was costly and heavy to move, and metal oil barrels too unattractive.”

Campbell turned to 58-gallon Progressive Litter Receptacles (PLRs), manufactured by Anaheim, California-based ROTO Industries Inc. The PLRs enabled Campbell’s staff to complete their rounds without returning to empty overflowing trash cans. “They allow existing staff to work through the buildings, and have eliminated any problem of overflow,” says Campbell.

Additionally, because their unique four-opening design makes it easy for the public to dispose of trash from any angle, more ends up in the can and less on the ground, according to Campbell. The domed top and mold-in gutters over entry points also provide protection from garbage-seeking birds, animals, and the elements. This prevents water from collecting inside the container or bag.

Since the PLRs are rotationally molded plastic litter containers with double wall construction, they offer superior strength, abrasion, stain, fade and leak protection while remaining lightweight.

ROTO Industries PLRs are available in 40 and 58-gallon sizes in quantities as low as one unit, with typical two-day lead-time on most items. They are capable of fully automated emptying by most waste pick up vehicles, or can be manually emptied with an optional insert or bag holder.

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