Wheelie bins are a common sight outside houses and businesses across the country and they reliably store waste and recycling for many years with minimal fuss.
Their reliability is down to how they are manufactured and the materials they are made from.
In this blog post, we’ll explore how wheelie bins are made — both plastic and metal versions.
A surprisingly basic process, plastic wheelie bins are injection moulded from HDPE (high-density polyethylene) in two parts — the main body and the lid.
In this process, plastic pellets from a silo are melted and then injected with force into a metal mould cavity.
Once the mould is filled, the plastic cools and solidifies, and the moulded pieces are then removed from the moulds and assembled into the quality bins we all use daily.
Then, rubber wheels are added to a metal axle or axles and mounted to the underneath of the bin.
Next, bins are often sent for printing with council or waste management company logos.
This wheelie bin material requires a different manufacturing process to the HDPE bins.
Having said that, the lids for metal bins are often plastic and are therefore created using the injection moulding process outlined above.
So, what are metal bins made of? This varies between manufacturers, but ours are made from galvanised steel which, in our opinion, is the best material for the job.
Metal wheelie bins are crafted from sheets of metal, which are then welded together.
For quality when purchasing metal wheelie bins, look for internally welded seams which prevent water penetration and related corrosion issues.
Once the body of a bin is constructed, it is hot-dip galvanised, which contributes greatly to the lifetime value that metal bins offer.
Next, customisation takes place — whether that’s powder-coated body colour or custom embossing.
Finally, the axles, wheels and plastic lid are added, and the wheelie bin is complete and ready for delivery.
Please note that the manufacturing process differs slightly when there are options such as a drop-front or back to consider.
We stock high quality plastic and metal wheelie bins in a wide range of sizes and colours; we can also supply fully customised bins for local authorities and waste management companies, whether you require 10 bins or 10,000.
All of our bins are made from the best materials, such as HDPE which is resistant to UV radiation, extreme weather, heat, cold, and chemicals.
This material results in a hard-wearing, long-lasting bin that performs throughout the seasons and in any setting.
You can explore our full range of wheelie bins on our website and please don’t hesitate to get in touch today if you have any questions about our products, availability, delivery, customisation, or anything else.
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