Roll Top Containers

In the past 10 years Taylor has seen many roll top bins on location in both plastic and steel. Each week Taylor receives enquiries from international clients for the product due to its mass production across the World from the 1960s onwards.

One of the main issues faced by users of roll top bins is the reliability of the lid. As opposed to flat lid bins, roll top bins, in order not to pose serious health and safety risks owing to their weight do not automatically fully close. Over time their mechanism seizes up, meaning that either the lid wedges open permanently, which tend to ultimately result in the lids coming off completely. With a flat plastic lid however, the lid is light and therefore can be closed manually via a very simple mechanism that does not seize up.

The relative complexity of the roll top mechanism means that replacement parts are often needed with more regularity, compared with the ease of maintaining flat lid bins.

Roll Top 4-Wheeled containers are an old design of waste container and usually have their castors fixed on to outriggers that protrude from the body of the bins. These are liable to be more easily damaged compared to the more modern container deigns, such as the Taylor Continental, where the castor brackets and under the corner points of the container body and are inherently better designed to absorb impact shocks, such as when unloading.

One further issue to be considered when looking at roll top, EN840-3 containers, versus flat lid, EN840-2 bins, is that the advertised capacity of the Roll Top EN840-3 bins includes the curvature of the lid. The arc of the lid profile makes it quite difficult for the bin to reach its full capacity without waste spilling over, a problem not encountered with flat lidded EN840-2 containers.

The Roll Top Lid for 4-Wheeled waste containers was initially designed to contain dry waste content, such as ash from domestic fires, even when the containers were being emptied. The content of this waste stream is heavily reduced if not completely removed from general waste worldwide. Consequently the need to contain waste that could become airborne if disturbed, such as ash, is limited and in most cases today disposed of in specialist containers. This, combined with the issues with the lid becoming jammed and eventually falling off, presenting a hygiene hazard, and the wheel outriggers shearing off, mean that an EN840-2 four wheeled flat lid bin enjoys many advantages over a roll top bin.

Note all figures marked with an asterix are illustrative values based on Taylor experience

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