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The Wybone litter bin guide

30 August 2023

Believe it or not, quite a bit goes into choosing the right litter bin.

What type of bin do I need? What liner will be best? Where will it go?

And if you’re not already thinking about these things, you definitely should if you want everyone to get the most out of your litter bin.

But we don’t want to put you off. We want to make it easier for you.

That’s why, by being able to understand our customers and become experts of our own products, we’ve put together a short litter bin guide.

Your litter bin guide to choosing the right bin.

Let’s get to it!

I don't know what bin I need
It’s not always easy to know what bin suits what purpose.

Sure, every bin has the same functionality on paper: to collect litter. But each bin you come across will have its own defined features. And this is usually based on where the bin will be placed.

Outdoor litter bins
If you want a bin that’ll be outdoors all the time, then you want a bin that’s extremely durable and can withstand a variety of weather elements. One material we use to guarantee this is galvanised steel. Bathed in molten zinc, galvanised steel offers rust and corrosion-resistant properties. This is especially useful if your bin will be by the sea. It’s also tough by nature, so a bin that’s difficult to damage is a happy bin.

We also use glass fibre composite for some of our bins. We won’t go too much into the benefits of it here, we’ve actually covered this in a different blog. But long story short, glass fibre is EXTREMELY strong and durable and is almost perfect for any outdoor setting. Most of our glass fibre bins are still standing strong over 20 years later.

Indoor litter and recycling bins
Indoor litter and recycling bins require reliability, too. They won’t be subject to harsh weather, true. But if they’re going to busy, public areas, they’re probably going to get beat around a bit. That’s why it’s important to have high-quality, durable manufacturing material for them as well!

Plenty of our internal bins are made from galvanised steel for its protection against rust – you can’t escape this probability despite your bin never stepping a foot outside…

We also use polythene for a selection of our indoor bins. Polythene comes in different forms, but we often use high-impact polythene for that extra stiffness and durability.

What is the right amount to pay for a bin?
It’s a good question and it really depends. Each type of bin has a different price and your budget is the main determining factor in what bin you’ll buy. Cheaper bins certainly look appealing, but more expensive bins often provide the chance to save on long-term costs.

If you pay what may feel like a hefty amount for a bin that promises long life, that bin will (hopefully) stay on location for several years, so you don’t have to worry about frequently emptying your wallet when that cheap bin you bought that’s broken for the second time this month.

Where to place your bin
Now this is entirely subjective. And, of course, it depends on the type of bin you want and what sort of area it’ll be going to. But let’s say you’ve chosen an outdoor or indoor bin.

Whether it’ll be going to a park, town or hallway, the aim remains the same: to place it in an area with a lot of activity.

It needs to be somewhere accessible, too. Now, that’s not always easy when the place that sees lot of activity is in an awkward, narrow space. Luckily for you, many of our bins come in reduced and slimline-specific sizes for this very reason.

But if your bin is going to a park, place it near benches that see a lot of bottoms on seats. Or place it outside the park cafe or kiosk. If it’s going to a town, have them outside public venues, bus stops or takeaways. You get the idea.

Customising your bin
The great thing about bins is that they can be heavily customisable depending on where you buy yours from.

A bespoke bin may not seem exciting, but adding some personal artwork can definitely add some ‘oooomphto it. It’s not just all about the aesthetic appeal either. If the opportunity presents itself, you can have control of repurposing your bin to suit the area it’ll be in. The public will thank you for it.

One of the things we’re big on at Wybone is the bespoke designs and customisation options we offer. And we mention this a lot for good reason.

When you buy your bin from us, you can choose the following customisation options:

*Please note that not all these customisation options apply to every product. Visit our website to find out more*

A3 or A4 bespoke artwork
Range of body colours
Different size options
Range of different product finishes
Logo artwork
Moulded plates
Vinyl and perspex plates
If you didn’t think that customising your bin was art, think again!

How do I install my outdoor bin?
There’s nothing worse than buying a product and having no guidance in putting it together.

Don’t worry, when you order a bin from us, it comes fully assembled! But even though that’s the case, it’ll still need ground fixing.

Most manufacturers will provide separate fixing products to put your mind at ease. We do this, too.

We have several fixing options for our outdoor free-standing and post-mountable bins, so there isn’t a question you’ll have unanswered when you search through these.

For indoor bins, these are a bit more flexible. Our indoor bins come fully assembled and they can obviously be positioned where you like without having to worry about additional fixing products.

An end to your litter bin guide
However, there’s still a lot to cover.

As much as we’d like to, we can’t cover every single question you may have. So we’ve done our best to focus on some of the most popular ones.

But should you have more questions on your litter bin-searching journey, you can rely on us to help.


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