In response to recent terrorist bombings in transit hubs, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a directive mandating protective measures that should be taken by passenger railway operators across the nation. According to the DHS directive, operators will be required to remove any trash bins that aren’t clear or manufactured from bomb resistant materials. Public trash cans have long been known as an easy place for terrorists to hide a bomb, and many companies have unveiled lines of clear trash cans that seek to address this growing problem. The idea is that with clear bins, passersby and law enforcement can easily discern what is inside, detecting at a glance any questionable devices.
Many cities nationwide have installed these types of trash cans in their transit systems, including Atlanta, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. Authorities are trying to minimize the impact that a terrorist bombing can have in a busy rail terminal, such as the one in Madrid in 2004 that killed 191 people.
The company Securr offers a full range of DHS compliant receptacles for sale. Here’s a breakdown of how these bins stack up to your average trash can.
The Homeland Security compliant trash cans offered by Securr are constructed using galvanized steel that is resistant to corrosion. They inhibit rust from forming and work well in just about any environment. They can even be coated with a cold galvanizing spray, which is good in those snow-encrusted train stations up north.
The clear panels come in a variety of materials, from Makloron polycarbonate panels which are thick and incredibly durable, to thinner panels made from acrylic that can be easily replaced.
Virtually Maintenance Free
Securr trash cans are made with powder coated steel hinges to allow for many years of trouble-free service. Knowing that trash cans located in public spaces often see a fair share of abuse, they have designed these receptacles to have interchangeable parts, thus eliminating the need to replace the entire trash can in case of damage. The side panels, the swing-out back rack and the tops of these bins are all easily replaceable.
Serve a Variety of Uses
Clear trash cans can be an effective means of minimizing bomb threats in crowded public locations. They are being adopted in subway systems, airports, bus stations, cruise ship terminals, sports stadiums, arenas and government buildings across the country. As the threat of a terrorist attack looms over the United States, these clear trash cans can help provide some peace of mind to both operators of these facilities and to those who use them.
It’s good to know that our government is taking steps to improve security in public places where large numbers of people congregate. With clear trash cans, we can all easily take part in helping to ensure the public safety by seeing what may be hiding in the garbage. And as an added bonus, it can help deter people from tossing items into the trash that could otherwise be recycled!
If your city of community has questions about Homeland Security Approved trash cans and recepticals, contact Securr Trash Cans at 888-671-7066 to discuss the approved Guardian Series Trash cans or other products approved by DHS