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Title:
CONTAINER WITH COMPRESSION DEVICE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/077378
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention relates to a container (100) comprising a base (10) and a wall (20, 30, 40) that together define an internal storage volume (50), wherein the wall comprises an opening (21) that is configured to receive a device (200) for compressing material present in the container.

Inventors:
DYKE, Colin (The Clays, Buildings LaneTetchill, Ellesmere Shropshire SY12 9AY, SY12 9AY, GB)
Application Number:
GB2018/053047
Publication Date:
April 25, 2019
Filing Date:
October 22, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
J.C. DYKE SUPPLIES LIMITED (The Clays, Buildings LaneTetchill, Ellesmere Shropshire SY12 9AY, SY12 9AY, GB)
International Classes:
B65F1/14; B30B9/30; B65F1/16
Foreign References:
US20110297017A12011-12-08
US1090257A1914-03-17
US20090020023A12009-01-22
EP0681908A11995-11-15
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
WILSON GUNN (MANCHESTER) (5th Floor, Blackfriars HouseThe Parsonage,Manchester Lancashire, M3 2JA, M3 2JA, GB)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A container comprising a base and a wall that together define an internal storage volume, the wall comprising an opening that is configured to receive a device for impressing material present in the container, wherein said opening comprises a vertical elongate opening and a second elongate opening provided perpendicular to the vertical elongate opening and wherein; the wall comprises a plurality of spaced apart apertures opposite the vertical elongate: opening for receiving a part of the compressi on device.

2. A container according to claim 1 > wherein the opening is T-shaped.

3. A container according to any of claim 2, wherein a cleat is provided either side of the vertical elongate open ing.

4. A container according to claim 3, wherein the cleats are configured to recei ve a pin.

5. A container according to any preceding claim, wherein the opening and/or the aperture comprises a seal.

(5. A container according to claim 5, wherein the seal is a rubber seal or a brush seal.

7. A container according to any preceding claim, wherein the opening and/for the spaced apart apertures comprise a plate for reinforcing the opening and/or apertures.

8. A container according to claim 7, wherein the seal is attached to the plate. A container according to any preceding claim, wherein the container comprises a base, a front wall, a rear wall and side walls to define a substantially rectangular storage volume.

A container according to claim % wherein the opening is provided on the front wall and the aperture is provided on the rear wall.

A container according to claim 9 or claim 1 ø, wherein a storage compartment is prpvided on an outer surface of the container.

A container according to claim 11 , wherein the storage compartment is provided on an outer surface of the front wall below the opening or on an outer surface of the rear wall below the apertures.

A container according to any preceding claim, wherein the compression device comprises a rod and a paddle.

A container according to claim 13, wherein the paddle is attached to a central region of the rod.

A container according to claim 13 or claim 14, wherein the paddle is removably attachable to the rod,

A container according to any of claims 13-15, wherein the paddle is circular, rectangular or square.

A container according to any preceding claim, wherein the container is a waste bin.

A container according to claim 17, wherein the container is a wheeled waste bin.

19. A compression device for use with the container according to any preceding claim, wherein the compression device comprises a paddle attached to a central region of a rod.

20. A eontainer according to claim 19, wherein the paddle is removably attachable to the rod.

21. A container according to claim 10, whereon the paddle is attached to the tod via a snap-fit fixing.

22. A container according to any of claims 19-21 , wherein the paddle is circular, rectangular or square.

23. A kit of parts comprising the container according to any of claims 1-18 and the compression device according to any of claims 19-22.

Description:
Container with Compression Device

Technical Held of the Invention

The present invention relates to a container, to a device for compressing material present in the container and to a kit of parts comprising the container and the compression device.

Background to the Invention

Containers such as waste bins * and in particular wheelie bins have becorne a part of daily life* and are found throughout the world in various shapes and Sizes. However, while such waste bins are able to store domestic waste safely and securely until the domestic waste is collected by a refuse collector, it is commonly found that such waste bins become full before the bin is due to be collected, This in turn means that domestic waste is often left on the floor which is unsightly or that a person is forced to push down on the domestic w*ste pile with their hands. This is not only unhygienic but it is also unsafe due to the potential presence of sharp objects forming part of the domestic waste. Moreover, it is often found that a person is unable to exert sufficient force or cannot reach far enough dowii the bin to compress the domestic waste to any great extent of that the domestic waste returns substantially to its original volume once the user stops pushing down on the domestic waste pile. In some instances, a person may stand and/or jump on top of the domestic waste if they wish to exert a greater downward force on the domestic waste. However, this approach is also unsafe, not only due to potential presence of sharps which could penetrate a person' s footwear, but also because there is a significant risk that a person may fall when entering or leaving the bin or when jumping on the domestic waste pile which has an uneven surface. Since existing waste bins become filled too quickly and because there is no means by which domestic waste can be reliably compressed for any length of time, it is normally necessary for a refuse collector to visit on a bi-weekly basis which comes at significant expense to local government, Accordingly, there is a desire to reduce the frequency at which refuse has to be collected from households in domestic waste bins.

In light of the above it is an object of embodiments of the present invention to provide a container that enables matefial within the container to be compressed.

It is also an object of embodiments of the present invention to provide a container that prevents compressed material within the container returning to its pre- compressed volume.

It is an object of embodiments of the present invention to provide a container that enables material within the container to be compressed safely.

It is a further object of embodiments of the present invention to provide a container that enables material within the container to be compressed hyglenically. It is additionally an object of embodiments of the present invention to provide a container that will reduce the frequency at which container has to be emptied.

S ummary of the Invention

According to a first aspect of the invention there is provided a container comprising a base and a wall that together define an internal storage volume, wherein the wall comprises an opening that is configured to receive a device for compressing material present in the container. The container according to the first aspect of the invention comprises an opening in a wall that is configured to receive a device suitable for compressing material present in the container. This is advantageous because it means that a user can compress the material hi the container without having to apply downwards pressure on the material itself using their hands or body weight, ie. by pushing or standing on the material in the container. Thus, a ussef is able to compress the material in the container in a safe and hygienic manner, and by compressing me material, the container will be required to be emptied on a less Sequent basis.

In an embodiment of the invention the opening may comprise a vertical elongate opening. The vertical elongate opening may be boated in a central region of the container wall. This allows a user to compress material even when the material only occupies a lower region of the container.

In another embodiment the opening comprises a second elongate opening provided perpendicular to the vertical elongate opening. The second elongate opening or a plurality of second elongate openings may intersect the vertical elongate opening. Alternatively, the opening may be T-shaped. In this case, the second elongate opening may be disposed above and in contact with the vertical elongate opening. The vertical opening and/or the second elongate opening provided perpendicular to the vertical opening may comprise a plate for reinforcing the respective openings. The plate may be formed from a metal or metal alloy such as steel .

In some embodiments of the invention a cleat is provided either side of the vertical elongate opening. In particular, each cleat (which together define a "cleat pair") may be provided proximal to the longitudinal edges of the vertical elongate opening. In certain embodiments a series of cleat pairs may be disused one above the other along the length of the vertical elongate opening * The cleats may be made of a metal, a metal alloy or plastics. The cleats may comprise holes? through which a pin may be inserted.

The pin may be T-shaped or L*shaped; The pin may be connected to a tether that extends between the cleat, and the restricted end of the pin. This prevents the pin from becoming lost when not in nse. The pin may be made from a metal, a metal alloy or a plastic.

In some embodiments the wall comprises an aperture opposite the vertical elongate opening, lite aperture may be adapted to receive a part of the compression device, Le. apart of the compression device may extend through the aperture. In certain embodiments the wall may comprise a plurality of spaced apart apertures that are provided opposite the vertical elongate opening. For example, the wall may comprise two, three or four apertures, Each spaced apart aperture may be provided one above the other. Thus the compression device can be operated at different heights depending on the volume of material being stored in the container. Each aperture may comprise a plate for reinforcing the aperture. The plate may be formed from a metal or a metal alloy such as steel- The apertures may extend from an upper region of the container towards the base of the container. In particular, the apertures may be arranged to enable the compression of domestic waste when the container is just under half full. The opening and/or the aperture may comprise a seal to prevent material from escaping through the opening and/or aperture. The seal may be a rubber seal or a brush seal. The seal has a further benefit in that any material that has become adhered to a surface of the compression device is removed from the surface as the compression device is retracted from inside the container via the seal. The seal may he attached to the plate for reinforcing the apertures and/or the opening,

The container may comprise a base, a front wall, a fear wail and side walls to define a substantially rectangular storage space, In this embodiment the front wall may comprise the opening with the rear wall comprising the aperture or apertures,

Λ storage compartment may be provided on an outer surface of the container. In particular, a storage compartment may be provided on an outer surface of tlie front wall below the opening. Alternatively, the storage compartment may be provided on an outer surface of the rear wall below file lowest aperture. The storage compartment may be suitable for storing the compression device or a part of the compression device when not in use.

The compression device may comprise a rod and a paddle. The rod may have a head end and a tail end. In use the head end may enter the storage volume via the opening and thereafter extend through ah aperture opposite the opening. The. tail end of the rod may remain outside of the container.

The paddle may be attached to a central region of the tod. In certain embodiments the paddle may be removably attachable to the rod which enables the paddle to be stored, e.g, in the storage compartment, when not in use. The paddle may be circular, rectangular or square.

The container comprises a lid. The lid may be removable or may it may be rotatably connected to an upper region of the container. The container may be a waste bin or a wheeled waste bin. In particular, the Container may be ^wheeHe bin" in which two wheels are provided at the base of the bin ei ther side of the rear wall. The waste bin may be adapted for storing domestic waste.

The waste bin may be adapted to be temporarily mounted to a refuse vehicle so that domestic waste within the waste bin can be emptied.

According to a second aspect of the invention there is provided a compression device for use wi th the container according to first aspect of the invention, wherein the compression device comprises a paddle attached to a central region of a rod.

The compression device according to the second aspect of the invention may, as appropriate, incorporate any or all of the features described in relation to the first aspect of the invention.

The paddle may be removably attachable to the rod. For instance, the paddle may be attached to the rod via a snap-fit fixing. However, it would be understood that other attachment means, e.g. a nut and boll connection could also be used to attach the paddle to the rod. The shape of the paddle may vary depending on the shape of the container into which it is to be inserted, in some embodiments the paddle may be circular, rectangular or square.

According to a third aspect of the invention there is provided a kit of parts comprising the container according to the first aspect of the invention and the compression device according to the second aspect of the invention.

The kit according to the third aspect of the invention may, as appropriate, incorporate any or all of the features described in relation to the container of the first aspect of the invention and the compression device according to the second aspect of the invention.

In some embodiments, the cleats may already be fastened to the outer surface of the front wall. The kjt may comprise a pin,

Detailed Description of the Invention

In order that the invention may be more clearly understood an embodiment thereof will now be described, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings, of which: Figure 1 shows a front view of the container according to the present invention;

Figure 2 shows a rear view of the container;

Figure 3 shows a plan view of the compression device in the container

Figure 4 shows a side view of the compression device in the container.

With reference to the drawings, and in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention there is provided waste bin 100 for storing domestic waste and a device 200 for compressing the domestic waste being stored in the waste bin 1.00.

As shown in Figures 1-4 the waste bin 100 is a wheelie bin of well-known configuration having a base 10, a front wall 20 a rear wall 30 and two side walls 40 which together define an internal volume 50 that is covered by a hinged lid 60. The bottom of the bin 100 is recessed at the rear to receive a pair of wheels 70, which can conveniently be used to move the bin 100 when tilted rearwards onto the wheels 70. As best shown in Figure 1 the ftont wal l 20 of the bin 100 has T-shaped Opening 21 that is located in a central region of the ftont wall 20. The T-shaped opening has a vertical elongate opening 22 and a horizontal elongate opening 23. The T-shaped opening 21 is located above a storage compartment 24, In this embodiment the T- shaped opening 21 comprises a brush seal 25 with brush seal elements being provided along both the vertical elongate 22 opening and the horizontal elongate opening 23 of the T-shaped opening 21.

Referring now to Figure 3, it can be seen that a pair of cleats 26 are fixed to an outer surface of the front wall 20 of the bin 100. The cleats 26 are provided either side of the vertical elongate opening 22 and in this embodiment three pairs of cleats 26 are long the length of the verti cal elongate opening 22, In other emb^iments four cleat 26 pairs are spaced along the length of the vertical elongate opening 22, Each cleat 26 is made of plastic and has a hole (not shown) thai is adapted to receive a pin 27. In this embodiment the pin 27 has a T-shaped profile but alternative pin 27 profiles can be used, e.g. pins 27 with an L-shaped profiles are also applicable.

As best shown in Figure 2, the rear wall 30 of the container comprises three apertures 31 having a circular cross-section, although it will be understood that the rear wall 30 could be provided with more or fewer apertures 31. For example, in another embodiment the rear wall 30 comprises four apertures 31. The apertures 31 are arranged one above the other and opposite the vertical elongate opening 22 of the T-shaped opening 21. Each aperture 31 is provided with a brush seal 32 although rubber seats could be used in their place as desired or required. The cleats 26 on the front wall 20 are fixed at heights that substantially correspond with the height of the apertures 31 in the rear wall 30. In some embodiments the brush seal 32 is attached to a steel plate for reinforcing the aperture 31.

In accordance with the present invention there is also provided a compression device 200. Figure 3 shpws tlje compression device 200 within the bin 100, The compression device 200 itself comprises a cylindrical rod 210 having a head end 211 and a tail end 212. The heat! end £0 is dimensioned Such that it can extend through the T-shaped opening 21 and subsequently through an aperture 31 in the rear wall 30, Since the tail end 212 of the rod 210 does not need to extend through the T-shaped opening21, the tailend 212 of the rod 210can be dimensioned differently to that of the head end 211 and the main body of the rod 210. For instance s the tail end 212 of die rod 210 could be provided with a handle (not shown) to aid die user in compressing the domestic waste being stored in the bin 100. Figure 3 also shows a paddle 220 fixed to a central region of the rod 210. The paddle 220 is fixed to the rod 210 via a snap fit connection (not shown) with the male part depending from a lower surface of the paddle 220 and being received by a complimentary female part present on an upper surface of the rod 210. In this way the paddle 220 can be easily removed from and re-attached to the rod 210 by a user, e.g. so that it may be stored in the storage compartment 24. In this embodiment the paddle 220 is made of plastics and has a circular profile. To compress the domestic waste being stored in the bin 100 a user will first insert the head end 211 of the compression device 200 through the horizontal elongate opening 23 which is configured to receive the paddle 220. The rod 210 of the compression device 200 is then fed through the bin 100 across the internal volume until it abuts an inner surface of the rear wall 30. The compression device 200 is then moved ift a downwards direction from m upper tegjtem of the T-shaped opening 21 to a lower region of the T-shaped opening 21 using the vertical elongate opening 22 as a guide. When the head end 211 of the rod aligns with an aperture 31 in the rear wall 30 the user then pushes the rod 210 in the direction of the rear wall 30 so that the head end 211 of the rod 210 passes through the aperture 3 J and outside of the bin 100. It wilt be understood that the aperture 31 through which the rod 210 is pushed wil l depend on the level of domestic waste in the bin 100 and whether more than one aperture 31 is exposed, i.e. not covered by domestic waste. If more than one aperture 31 is exposed, then the user should select the exposed aperture 31 closest the top Of the domestic waste pile.

Once the head end 211 of the rod 210 has been inserted through the aperture 31, the user then moves the tail end 212 of the rod 210 m a downwards direction (Figure 4) to bring the bottom surface of the paddle 220 into contact with the top of the domestic waste pile. By applying further downwards force to the tail end 212 of the rod 210, the user ¼ able to compress the domestic waste using tire paddle 220 so that when the paddle 220 is brought out of contact with the domestic waste pile, the domestic waste occupies a reduced volume within the bin 100. However, it would be understood that when the paddle 220 is brought out of contact with the domestic waste pile, that the domestic waste will begin to transition from its compressed configuration to a more relaxed configuration which occupies a greater volume of space within the bin 100. To ensure that the domestic waste pile does not occupy a volume above a certain level, the user may insert a pin 27 through the holes in the cieats 26 so that the paddle 220 is prevented from being forced upwards by the domestic waste pile to a positon above the pin 27 and cleat 26 assembly. This in turn ensures; that the domestic waste pile remains at least partly compacted and that ¾ can't return to its previous level before this compression operation.

The compression device 200 can remain in this 'locked' position until the user needs to deposit more domestic waste into the bin tOO, At that stage, the user simply removes the pin 27 from the cleat 26 which enables the user to move the compression device 200 upwards direction (Figure 4) along the length of the vertical elongate opening 22. Then the user pulls on the tail end 212 of the rod so that the head end 211 of the rod 210 is moved from outside of the bin 100 back into the internal volume of the bin 100. The user then moves the rod 210 in an upwards direction until the paddle 220 is aligned with the horizontal elongate opening 23 and then pulls the tail end 212 of the rod 210 away from the bin 100 to withdraw the compression device 200 from the bin 100 via the horizontal elongate opening 23. In doing so, any waste present on the surface of the paddle is swept from the surface and retained in the bin. The above- described method for compressing the domestic waste may then be repeated as the bin 100 is filled with more waste.

The above embodiment is described by way of example only. Many variations are possible without departing from the scope of the invention.