Grounds Equipment That Encourages People to Keep Your Property Clean
Your grounds equipment contributes to the cleanliness of your property. Most businesses see a significant decrease in littering and custodial work just by installing the right bins and receptacles on site. If you feel like you’re constantly having to clean the mess outside, it may be time to upgrade your grounds equipment. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
The Right Size and Number of Trash Receptacles
When most people think about grounds equipment, they think about trash receptacles. These bins give guests a place to put their trash when they enter or leave the property. If your current trash cans are constantly overflowing, it may be because they are not big enough to support the volume of foot traffic coming onto your property. There may also be an issue with the amount of receptacles in the area. Some guests will throw trash on the ground if the nearest trash can is “too far away.”
It’s not always easy to calculate the waste receptacle needs of a business because traffic volumes change throughout the year. For instance, stores may experience a higher volume of trash around the holiday season because more people are shopping around that time. Schools may have low volumes of trash during the breaks and summer months because there are not many people on property. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect 3 pounds of trash per person per day for the people actively at your business (workers, patients, students, etc.). Use that as a rough estimate to determine how many trash receptacles you need and what size they need to be.
Similar to trash cans, recycling containers are used to hold waste throughout the property. If you have a recycling pick-up in your area, this is a great way to help the environment and keep your property clean at the same time. You can get recycling containers for a wide range of products, from plastic to glass to paper and beyond. Just think about which products your guests and workers use the most so you can purchase the appropriate bins.
Cigarette Receptacles (If Smoking Is Allowed on Property)
If you allow smoking on your property, you should have cigarette receptacles for people to throw their cigarette butts into. This will encourage guests not to put their cigarettes on the ground, and it will help you avoid fire hazards in your trash cans. You can get a combined ash and trash receptacle, or you could purchase containers specifically made for cigarettes. Set these in areas where employees or guests often take smoke breaks to make them as convenient as possible.
Choose Function over Form
At the end of the day, it’s important to choose grounds equipment based on your needs – not just what looks good. Having a clean facility is much more important than having small decorative bins that are always overflowing. Luckily, WR Hardware offers a huge selection of grounds equipment, so you can get what you want and what you need at the same time. Browse our inventory on our website, or give us a call to locate hard-to-find grounds equipment for your business.