Maintenance and installation

Correct installation is important
Careful specification of product and thoughtful installation will ensure that environmental improvement schemes remain attractive past the first few weeks of installation. Illustrated here are examples of how not to do it.

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Cheap steel bins may not be cost effective in the long term. Here vandals removed the top and will later destroy it. Chaining a bin to the lamppost is not a good alternative to fixing it to a substantial base. Plastic bins, although a cheaper alternative to cast iron, are not fire resistant. All that remains here is the steel liner.
These are not CIS Street Furniture installations!

Litter bins – general maintenance

Locks and hinges should be lubricated regularly using a light grade lubricating oil. Liners are manufactured from a medium grade gauge zinc coated steel so they will require replacement from time to time, due to handling damage. They benefit from having polythene liners used, and as such this will aid in preventing any rapid corrosion and mould growth. They should also be jet washed on a regular basis. CIS Street Furniture hold stocks of replacement liners.

Litter bins are usually coated with a zinc phosphate primer, acrylic undercoat and top coat material, the latter being fully compatible with the primer material. They are engineered to give at least a 5 year life to first full maintenance in fairly aggressive environments. These items will benefit from periodic washing with either a pressure wash system or hand wash using clean cold water with the addition of suitable road film remover, followed by rinsing with clean cold water. As this type of product tends to be the target of vandalism any graffiti should either be over painted, using a paint suitable for over-coating a two-pack acrylic gloss, or removed using a proprietary product. Be aware of problems that may occur using these materials due to the very aggressive solvents they contain.

Litter bins – installation

The two options above indicate typical fixing arrangements although others may be accommodated. The suggestions are for non-specific applications only as individual service and site conditions may necessitate other methods of fixing.
Please consult our Technical Department for advice.

We recommend as a minimum requirement a concrete base slab of 600mm square or diameter having a depth of no less than 200mm.
The spider arrangement should be clamped in place by the use of an expanding type bolt (approximately M10 in size) centrally anchored at least 120mm into the foundation slab. For areas where higher security is required the centrally mounted bolt can be replaced by four M10 bolts on a 200mm pitch circle diameter – provision has been made for this on the spider unit.
Alternatively the litter bin could be fixed in place permanently using either an epoxy resin grout between the bin base and the foundation slab, or the base lip could be submerged into the concrete foundation to a maximum depth of 10mm above the internal base lip.
Where the finished surface is tarmacadam or blockwork and mechanical fixings are used, then they should penetrate into a suitable foundation as described above.