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How do I choose a trash can?

No organization is the same, and we recognize that no waste-management scheme is either. That's why we supply a variety of different trash cans that will suit all styles, budgets and requirements. We've answered the most commonly asked questions when it comes to choosing those all-important trash cans.

 Scroll through the handy trash can guide below to help you choose your can.

Trash cans product size comparison

  • FAQ: What capacity should I choose?

Glasdon offer an extensive range of trash cans from 16 gallons up to 80 gallons

The capacity of the trash can you require will depend on the intended placement and frequency of emptying. So, if you are looking for units for high footfall areas such as shopping malls or tourist hotspots, it's likely you will require some larger capacity cans of 64 up to 80 gallons to capture the increased volume of on-the-go litter.

Check out the Trash Can Guide above for maximum capacity information.

  • FAQ: Do I need a fixing?

In outdoor locations, fixings are recommended for added security, however, Glasdon trash cans are extremely robust and durable in all weathers and settings.

We've created a Guide to Fixings for Trash Cans and Recycling Containers, as well as a helpful infographic, to help you select an appropriate fixing for the location of your can. If you are still unsure, please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to advise.

Fixings for Trash Cans and Recycling Containers

Download our free Trash Can and Recycling Container Fixings Diagram Guide, here.

  • FAQ: How much maintenance does my trash can require?

We manufacture metal and polymer trash cans using the highest quality materials.

Most of our polymer bins are made from Durapol™ and require very little maintenance.

Durapol is able to withstand challenging weather conditions and also incorporates UV inhibitors that slows down natural color degradation and extends the bin’s functional life. This reduces the costly expenses that are often associated with cleaning, maintaining and replacing trash cans.

We're extremely confident that our trash cans are produced to the highest of standards, which is why our products undergo rigorous product testing. You can view our product testing videos here.

  • FAQ: Can I personalize my trash can?

We design many of our trash cans with Personalization in mind, indicated by the personalization symbol image in the guide above.

This means you can add a unique touch to your organization's bins by adding a crest, logo or branding graphics as well as co-ordinating with non-standard colors to create the result you require.

Find out more about personalisation and our free visualisation service with personalisation examples below.

Personalization and Branding guide

View our 5 Step Personalization Guide here

  • FAQ: What liner do I need?

Depending on the intended placement of your trash can, we have a number of liner options to choose from.

Our integrated bag holder systems are a popular choice, as they allow plastic bags to be fitted in a tidy and easy manner, whilst ensuring that the aesthetics of the trash can are not compromised.

We also offer zinc-coated steel liners which are most appropriate for use in fire-risk areas. The strong and robust metal liners often include drop handles to assist with hygienic, easy emptying.

Additionally, our robust plastic liners are most appropriate for use in corrosive environments, as the material will not rust. The durable polyethylene material also absorbs impacts without losing its shape, and will also be lighter in weight than a metal equivalent.

  • FAQ: What are the benefits of a transparent trash can?

We recognize the need for secure solutions at public events & areas where high security and vigilance is required. Our DHS compliant transparent trash cans are often preferred for large events and transport hubs, as the contents can be easily inspected by law enforcement and protective services.

Transparent trash cans are also beneficial as passing users can quickly identify the waste stream that is being collected, which may help to reduce contamination across your waste management program.

View our range of transparent trash cans here.

  • FAQ: What is Firexpire™?

Firexpire is a fire extinguishing plate that can be fitted within the top of a selection of our hooded trash cans. Should a fire break out inside of the container, a special heat-responsive device releases the plate which then seals off the mouth of the liner and deprives the fire of oxygen. The device can then be easily replaced using only a screwdriver to reset the device on site. Please note that the device is designed to be used with metal liners only.

View our demonstration video to see Firexpire in action

  • FAQ: How well do your trash cans perform at low temperatures?

As part of our quality assurance process, our products go through rigorous product testing methods. Among these tests, the trash cans are subject to both low and high temperatures so we can be confident that they will perform even in the most extreme weather conditions.

If you require any additional support or advice, please contact or live chat with our team of Waste Management experts today.

P.S Need help choosing a coordinating recycling container? We have another helpful guide for that too!

Originally posted 11.08.16

Wednesday, February 2, 2022
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