The modular nature of our products creates an adaptability factor that we consider a hallmark of our sustainable design philosophy: Why replace when you can adapt?
An example is this cover we created to adapt DeepStream receptacles for a school in California committed to recycling but found it was also home for feisty squirrels. The “weather-proof critter cover” also works well to keep out heavy rains and snow.
If your bin is outside and you have raccoons, or neighbor who use your bins, you can order your cover and lid with a low-profile slot and hasp for a lock. Both are an easy retrofit in the field.
Adaptability was made possible by a simple and robust hinge design, just like DeepStream’s modern receptacles. The flap is constructed from 18-gauge 316-stainless steel whereas the lid is 16-gauge. A robust but low profile 316-stainless steel piano hinge attaches with flush fasteners.
The handle is a standard distance between holes so it can be replaced or customized wherever kitchen hardware is sold. If your application is near salt water or completely out in the rain, you will appreciate that the cover, like the lid, is 316, not 304, stainless steel to reduce maintenance.
The only compromise we have found in this adapted design is that simple care needs to be taken when opening the lid to replace the bags that line the inner bins. However, it is an intuitive maneuver to open the lid with one hand while holding and gently lowering the cover with the other hand. Order a Audubon receptacle and there is a side door for inner bin and bag changes.