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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Question

Is there a standard used to determine how many trash receptacles are needed per sq. ft. of building space such as hallways, large lecture halls, classrooms, common areas, etc.?


Answer

While institutions such as yours may have developed, from experience, standards that work for them, I doubt there has ever been a concerted effort to produce one that fits all, simply because of the variables involved.
How much traffic is there and how much is discarded? How large a container are you considering? How often are you emptying them?
I suggest you walk around with discard points in mind. Where would someone drop trash before entering a classroom if there is a stiff “No gum” policy inside?
Where do I easily find a receptacle when exiting a lunch room or entering a non-smoking building?
If you are recycling (as you should be), you will need to place the proper containers for this as well. Avoid placement just because there is open floor space. Find the discard points and then service the receptacles as often as needed to keep them from becoming unsightly.

Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
lekrafft@juno.com