Wheelie bins, for domestic or light commercial use,
typically hold 120, 240 or 360 litres, with 240 litres
being the most common. They have a hinged flap
lid and two wheels on the bottom on the same side
as the lid hinge. There is a bar behind the hinge on
the top of the bin which is used to move it.
The dimensions of these bins vary with manufacturer
and standard, but are roughly:
120 litres - 93 cm high, 48 cm wide, 52.5 cm deep
240 litres - 107 cm high, 58 cm wide, 74 cm deep
360 litres - 110 cm high, 62 cm wide, 86 cm deep
These bins are usually black or green, but other
colours can be used - sometimes for the lid.
Frequently, different coloured bins are provided for
different types of waste so that it may be recycled:
for example garden waste, plastics and metal.
Standardization of dimensions is important because
the bins must be lifted by a standard sized hoist on
the collecting vehicle. The bins are lifted by the lip at
the front which must be designed for maximum
stiffness and mechanical strength. The underside of
the lip is therefore reinforced by numerous ribs in
the case of the thermoplastic bins.
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