Choosing a trash can may seem straightforward at first, but it can quickly become daunting, with a vast range of colors, materials and sizes to choose from. But keeping a couple of key decision points in mind can reduce the number of choices to a manageable level, making sure you’ll be happy with your selection for years to come.
Location, Location, Location
The single most important question to ask is where the trash can will be used – this will set in motion the rest of the decision points that will lead you to a final selection. First, will your trash can be used indoors or outdoors?
Next, will the can be used in a home, office, or other setting? And finally, will it be used for standard waste, medical waste, food waste or recycling? These considerations will affect your choices relating to shape, material, and even color.
Selecting a shape can be a personal choice, as in deskside or kitchen applications, where it is a matter of personal style. Sometimes, however, the shape has a functional consideration, as in half-round trash cans that are designed to conserve space by hugging the wall. In addition, consider whether or not your trash can requires a lid, based on the type of trash it will contain; Open-top trash cans make it easy to quickly dispose of items, while trash cans with covers help keep odors contained.
Depending on the environment where it is located, you may want a simple plastic trash can to keep waste all in one place, such as a deskside or an open office area. A stainless steel trash can offers a sleek look to any area, or may fit a requirement based on the materials it contains, such as medical waste, linens, etc. Stone wastebaskets may be the perfect asset to an industrial entryway, where smoking is prohibited, while wire mesh wastebaskets make a stylish statement in any office environment.
Finally, you can make a selection based on color. Although this is principally based on aesthetics, there are certain colors that indicate certain contents – the most obvious being blue for recycling. In addition, red and yellow can be used for certain biohazards, and green can be used for landscaping.
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