When you’re looking to add a dumpster enclosure at a new retail or industrial facility – or are looking to replace an enclosure that has been damaged – there are several things that you’ll want to consider when choosing a design and before installation begins. Take a look at these five design considerations when making your decision to ensure that you end up with an enclosure that will last for years to come and won’t cause unnecessary issues due to space limitations or low-quality features.
POLES OR BUMPERS TO PROTECT ENCLOSURE WALLS
The best way to extend the life of your dumpster enclosure is to protect its walls with poles, bumpers or curbs. Enclosure walls are sometimes damaged by vehicles maneuvering through the parking lot or even when the dumpsters are being hauled in or out of the enclosure.
These protective measures should be in place not only around the exterior of the enclosure, but they should also be placed along the insides of the enclosure as well.
STRONG HINGES TO SUPPORT HEAVY GATES
Enclosure gates are often made of heavy materials which place great strain on the hinges. Enclosures need to have heavy-duty hinges that will last for a long time, and this is especially true for those enclosures with steel gates.
SOLID PINS WITH GOOD DEPTH TO SECURE GATES
During storms and periods of gusty winds, it’s not uncommon for gates to blow open if they aren’t properly secured. So your enclosure should have thick, strong pins that can sink at least two inches deep into the asphalt to keep those gates shut on windy days. This not only protects the enclosure and dumpsters stored within it, but it can prevent accidental damage to vehicles passing by as they enter or exit the parking lot.
GROUND CLEARANCE TO ALLOW GATE TO OPEN PROPERLY
Tennessee gets some fairly heavy snowfall in the winter months, so you’ll want to make sure your enclosure gates are hung several inches off the ground, providing adequate clearance when the ground is covered with snow. This will allow the gates to swing open and shut easily when refuse crews are there on site for pick up.
LARGE OPENINGS FOR EASY ACCESS
Perhaps the most important design element of a dumpster enclosure is the opening. Large openings are necessary to allow dumpsters to be easily moved in and out of the enclosure in an efficient manner. This not only saves time, but it also helps to prevent damage to the walls of the enclosure. You’ve probably seen dumpster enclosures around town with a lot of damage near the openings. This would usually be avoided by building the enclosure with larger openings to allow easy access.
For large, multi-dumpster enclosures, you may also want to have some smaller openings on the sides of the enclosure to allow employees to easily dump their trash in the dumpsters without having to open up the main gates. This option is a smart design feature that reduces chances of injury or property damage, which should always be a concern for tenants, facility managers and property owners alike. It’s an easy way to minimize liability issues down the road.
Before you begin construction on your facility’s new dumpster enclosures, be sure the design you choose has large openings, heavy-duty hinges and pins, high ground clearance for the gates and adequate safety poles or other features to protect the walls from accidental damage from vehicles and from the dumpsters themselves.