Round metal canisters that are heavy and not quite easy to handle is the first design of waste bins. The lids as well as the body of the canister also has handles. In addition from having hard constructions, these waste bins are also not that friendly to the user especially to garbage men who would need to lift them in one handle first and hoist them into their shoulders to throw the contents on their trucks. Clearly, these waste bins are unlike the recycling bins that can provide safety and reliability when it comes to waste disposal.
The next design was made of durable plastic that replicates the original metal lid and body of the older waste bins. Despite of the changing of material, however, the bins remained heavy even though they are equipped with two handles. Another issue with them is that they are incapable of handling hot wastes because their plastic interior melts . This dilemma gave birth to the need of creating new trash containers that are durable yet still easy to handle. This started the development of the new recycling bins.
The alternative for created in exchange for the typical garbage container is the wheelie bin. The new design includes a handle at the back and wheels below which eliminated the need to carry it around and have it pushed instead. This breakthrough was created because certain wastes like hazardous and medical trash often spilt and infected the trash carriers before. Recycling bins were born due to the need of separating trash. Separating the trash and taking them out safely using a wheelie bin was the only way to properly manage these wastes.
Wheelie bins come in the form of rectangular plastic boxes that are around four feet in height with two wheels at the bottom and a hinged lid. For proper trash segregation, they were designed to come in different colors which symbolize the type of trash that can be thrown into them. Some examples of thrash that are designated with colors are plastic, hazardous waste, and sensitive thrash.
The era of the recycling bins was triggered with the need for waste segregation and the increasing consciousness of the public when it comes to responsible waste management. Legislative enactments together with these factors turned the recycling bin as the symbol for waste management. There are many who think that recycling bins are just plain trash containers when they actually hold different types of waste products. After collection of these trashes, the next step would be to process the wastes according to their type.
At present, a new trend recycling bins is to make them blend with their surroundings. A certain movement campaigns about turning these containers as pleasing to the eye as much as possible. The most common way of accomplishing this is to have their body in the same design as their surroundings. Since there is still a need for identifying markers to separate the individual bins, the covers or signs are made more prominent to guide the user about the type of waste that can be disposed on them.