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Our city provides 240 litre plastic bins with 2 wheels which
are unloaded by a mechanical arm on the rubbish truck. This
system generally works pretty well but on very windy days the
lids fly up and rubbish blows down the street. By a simple re-
design it should be possible to add wind deflectors
the wind's power to press the lid down tighter rather than
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||Put a windmill on a pole on the lid. When the wind blows, current from
the generator flows through an electromagnet, which pulls the lid
down onto a steel block fixed to the body of the bin. The faster the
wind blows, the harder the latch holds.
||There might be a few issues, like the windmills and lids would be
stolen, the handling equipment would need a complete redesign, the
spinning blades would make a noise and present an injury hazard,
they would be unsightly, and very expensive, but apart from that it's a
||Or you could have a permanent magnet in the lid which would be
released by a bias coil in the handling equipment, but tht would be
||Our city provides us with nothing, nada, zilch. First city I have
lived in, in 30 years that didn't provide recycling bins, at the
very least. From East Coast in Connecticut, to West Coast San
Francisco, there were always bins. Some kind of bins. Now I've
nothing. Boo-hoo. So I say yay to your wind-stopping flap,
cause I can only dream of such a novel device.
||Yeah, the lid for my mum's rubbish bin blew clean off. Snapped the
hinges and took wing. (It's black and smells of "rum-scented furniture
||In my little town we must haul our own garbage and
recycling to a transfer station; I make the weekly trip in
the family pickup truck, and I've lost count of how many
times I've stopped retrieve bin lids from the ditch, despite
lashing them down with twine and bungees. Here's my high-
||You should probably throw it away, it's pretty stale.
||Remember, the people who put rubbish into the bins have to be able to open them as well. Perhaps some kind of interlocking lid?
||my dad bolted a brick to the inside of the lid.
||Wind blow wheelie bins can be a bit of a problem, if the
wind blows in such a way that they rock back on their two
wheels, they can then start rolling real distances. I used to
work in the insurance industry. It was common enough to
see a third part vehicle listed as Make: Wheelie Model: Bin
||what [Bliss] said...and [+] We have to take our garbage to
the dump unless we want to pay privately owned
corporations to pick up our trash!
Hi [Alterother] - haven't seen you in a while! We have to buy
$4.00 bags to put the trash in, so we don't have to load our
truck with the pails. And yes, I forgot it is now a transfer
station. The town sold all the landfill to a mega-corporation
bringing stuff out of Boston!
||My favorite was people crashing their cars while not in the car. Usually people cleaning super powerful automatics, accidentally knocking them into gear.
||+ Put the bins down upside down. That should keep the lids
||//+ Put the bins down upside down. That should keep the
||I dunno [pashute]. I've had bins in Canada and in Australia
but the same problem occurs.