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“Dress Up” Waste Receptacles

Conveniently and properly placed waste and recycling containers (one container every 50 lineal feet is the standard for arenas and public venues) help to control litter and eliminate waste.

In addition to looking good, matching the color-scheme of a park or recreation complex and incorporating desired features, these containers are increasingly being designed with serviceability in mind. Larger volume containers, for example, extend the service interval while eliminating “spillover” and the resulting mess. Easy-access features–like liners and access doors on rollers rather than hinges–are also becoming more popular. Smudge-resistant, texturized paints and finishes–which some manufacturers refer to as “Granite or Silver Vein”–are also available to extend the maintenance interval–reducing the time spent wiping down the containers–a further cost constraint measure.

Even within the overall look of the cans, there are materials of construction to consider. Metal-slatted containers are available in differing styles–from traditional to more elaborate and decorative. The metal slat construction makes these containers resistant to graffiti–an additional concern when containers are to be used outside.

Most manufacturers also include items like leveling feet in case the surface where the units are to be deployed are not flat. An anchor kit and a lid cable are also provided as a vandalism deterrent–and to keep the units intact in the event of extreme weather.

In addition to how the receptacles look, there are considerations for how well the receptacles function. For high-moisture environments–including pools, aqua-parks, and beaches–materials of construction are important. Here an expanded metal container–with hot-dipped galvanized construction–may well be the best choice given its longevity.

For containers placed on concrete in stadiums and arenas, protective coatings are available which encapsulate the metal base. This sealing effect serves to protect the concrete over the long service life of the container.

While these factors are important to the owners of the receptacles and facilities they are placed within, from a user’s perspective, the waste and recycling containers may be rarely noticed. This–when you think about it–is actually a good sign because it means that they are properly sized and enhance the image–serving as site amenities rather than merely a repository for trash and dining detritus.

–Information provided by Witt Industries

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National Park Service Launches Civil War Website

Washington–The National Park Service has launched a Civil War themed website at www.nps.gov/civilwar that provides an overview of the war, with special emphasis on the Civil War sites administered and preserved by the National Park Service. It features stories of the Civil War; biographies of notable individuals associated with the war; and places within the National Park System that interpret the Civil War. For more information, visit www.nps.gov.

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RivCoParks Making Waves

Riverside, Calif.–The Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District was awarded four awards of excellence by the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS). Two awards were for the Cove Water Park (design, marketing), which opened to rave reviews in 2012. The 7-acre Caribbean-themed site includes four small waterslides, spray features, water canyons, lazy river, dry play structure, 3 180-foot water slides, double flow rider, 35-meter pool, and a food area.

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Park Authority Lifeguards Garner Safety Award

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