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Leafield Environmental has designed and custom-built a new anti-microbial, pedal operated recycling unit which complies with the strict cleanliness and infection control regulations of the health industry.
The new bin, which was designed in association with FM provider MITIE, is made with a built-in anti-microbial additive, which provides an effective barrier against the growth of bacteria, moulds and fungi to minimise the spread of infection.
The bin can collect up to three different waste streams such as landfill waste, mixed recyclables and food or clinical waste in a compact 90-litre unit. The central lid is operated by a foot pedal which means users never need to touch the bin with their hands when depositing waste. Wheels make it easy to transfer to central collection points for emptying. The tilting mechanism at the back of the unit pulls down to simplify the removal and replacement of bags and is easily dismantled for deep cleaning.
MITIE Managing Director, Michael Taylor said: “We’re very proud to launch the ‘Anti-Microbial’ Envirobin with Leafield Environmental. This innovative bin is based on key requirements from our healthcare clients, combining an anti-microbial material with a “hands-free operation” design.”
The ‘Anti-Microbial’ Envirobin is currently being rolled out across the NHS Grampian and the NHS Lothian estates, achieving total customer satisfaction with the NHS staff, the patients and the cleaning team.
Leafield’s Managing Director Phil Maddox said: “The health industry has struggled to get recycling programmes off the ground in the past because of the lack of suitable products available. Leafield’s design team stepped up to the challenge, working closely with MITIE, to build the Anti-Microbial Envirobin that is ideal for their client’s needs.
The new bin is also attracting attention as a popular recycling choice for other sectors concerned about maintaining high levels of cleanliness, such as food production and catering industries.
We are constantly evolving our product portfolio to meet the changing needs of our customers.”
The new unit is also available without the anti-microbial additive and forms part of Leafield’s growing Envirobin brand of stylish and multi-functional recycling units designed and manufactured in-house.