Trash Container Patents (Class 220/908)
  • Patent number: 10737880
    Abstract: An intermediate container for a refuse vehicle where the container is positioned in front of the refuse vehicle is provided. A plurality of legs extends from the container toward the refuse vehicle. An attachment mechanism is on each leg to secure the legs to a front loading arm assembly of the refuse vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Heil Environmental
    Inventors: David C. Gentry, Bryan Stewart, Brian Ham, Bobby Ray McKinney, John Wayne Bedwell
  • Patent number: 10647428
    Abstract: A cargo unit for storage in a cargo hold of an aircraft including a housing and a storage rack arrangement, the housing enclosing the storage rack arrangement and including a transport opening. The cargo unit is connectable to a transport arrangement operable for removing objects from the storage rack arrangement and placing objects in the storage rack arrangement through the transport opening when the cargo unit is arranged in an operating position. The cargo unit includes a transport cover movable between a closed position where the transport cover closes the transport opening and an opened position where the transport opening is not covered by the transport cover. The transport cover is adapted to be only movable from its closed position to its opened position after engagement with a transport arrangement. A lower deck catering system including a cargo unit and a transport arrangement is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Ingo Roth, Andreas Köhler, Sassa Nadine Boos, Sascha-Jay Salvador, Arne Stoldt
  • Patent number: 10586477
    Abstract: An advertising medium includes a frame enclosing a traffic signal control cabinet. The frame includes opposing rails for each side of the cabinet with opposing inside surfaces of the rails including grooves extending longitudinally along the rail and spaced from each other. A light panel is carried within one groove near, yet spaced from, surfaces of cabinet walls. An advertising panel is carried within a second groove. The advertising panel is spaced from the light panel and on an opposite side from the cabinet wall. A clear protective panel is carried within a third groove and opposite an outer surface of the advertising panel. Tie rods extend between lock devices which are secured to the rails such that removing the frame from its position around the cabinet is prevented. As a result, advertising material may be secured to a traffic signal control cabinet without intruding upon or modifying the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: On Street Media, USA, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Holzapfel
  • Patent number: 10549909
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to apparatus including a container having an open top end, a closed bottom end, and a sidewall. The apparatus also includes a divider disposed within the container forming a first chamber and a second chamber isolated from the first, and at least one lid movably secured relative to the open top end of the container such that upon moving from a first closed position to a second open position at least one of the first and second chamber is accessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Christina Smyth
  • Patent number: 10264735
    Abstract: A planter in the form of a tower planter having an internal vertical composting capability is provided. The planter has a hollow, vertical, outer cylindrical barrel with a plurality of openings formed about its cylindrical side. A hollow inner cylindrical composting tube having a plurality of perforations formed in its cylindrical wall is provided. The space formed between the inner tube and barrel wall is filled with growing medium such as potting soil. The inner tube is filled with compost material. A plurality of worms is added to the inner tube compost material. Water is added to the inner tube and barrel on a daily basis. Plants are inserted into the outer barrel side openings. A removable container is placed at the bottom of the tube and barrel, said container adapted to capture water draining out from the tube and barrel, as well as periodically receiving compost from the compost tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Colin Cudmore
  • Patent number: 10037679
    Abstract: A garbage reminder system for reminding a user to place a garbage can for pickup includes a garbage can that has an outer wall. An alarm unit is provided and the alarm unit is coupled to the garbage can. The alarm unit is programmable to emit an audible alarm at a selected time and date. In this way the alarm unit issues a reminder to set the garbage can at a curb for pickup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Bengi Crosby
  • Patent number: 9950488
    Abstract: A space-saving in-flight trash compactor, comprising a trash chute, a compactor mechanism disposed above a level of the trash chute, and a storage chamber removably positioned below the compactor mechanism and below a level of the trash chute. The storage chamber is vertically aligned with the compactor mechanism. The trash chute is configured to channel trash disposed through an opening of the trash chute at a level of a counter top and above a level of a top of the storage chamber into an opening of the storage chamber at the top of the storage chamber. The opening of the trash chute may be horizontally offset from the vertical alignment of the storage chamber and compactor mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Fritz, Mark P. Rezner, Michael T. Zimmerman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9905111
    Abstract: A system for alerting a user when the contents of a refuse container have reached or exceeded a specific weight level. The system measures the weight of the contents and will have the potential to send an alert in a plurality of ways selected by the user or selected by someone associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Luke Christ, Paul Francis Christ
  • Patent number: 9856058
    Abstract: A latch is usable to latch and automatically unlatch a lid of a waste container. The latch includes a release weight that moves responsive to gravity in a housing from a first position to a second position to cause the latch to disengage from a release receptacle when the latch and the waste container are oriented in a dump angle orientation. The latch includes a rotary damper in the housing that controls movement of the release weight in the housing such that an amount of time for the release weight to move responsive to gravity from the first position to the second position is slower than the amount of time the release weight would move responsive to gravity from the first position to the second position in the housing absent the effect of the rotary damper on the release weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Scott Arthurs, Lee S. Weinerman
  • Patent number: 9630638
    Abstract: A storage container in which a lid of the storage container has a set of lid wheels is disclosed. When the lid of the storage container is placed on the base of the storage container such that the lid and the set of lid wheels are below the base, the storage container can be moved by the set of lid wheels. The storage container can be moved manually or through the use of a motor such as a windup or electric motor. Furthermore, the storage container can have an appearance of a vehicle. Furthermore, the storage container can include a mechanism to attach the storage container to a second storage container. For example, attaching the first storage container's back to the front of the second storage container, can allow a train of storage containers to move together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Lisa Seacat DeLuca
  • Patent number: 9520046
    Abstract: According to at least one embodiment, a computer-implemented method to communicate refuse reminders to a user of an automation system is disclosed. A proximity of at least one refuse bin to a base station may be detected at a predetermined time period prior to the refuse removal day using one or more sensors. The user may be alerted to move the at least one refuse bin to a removal location based at least in part on the detecting. In some embodiments, the refuse removal scheduled may be linked with the automation system, wherein the refuse removal schedule may comprise a schedule of refuse pick-up days for a first category of refuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Call, Nicholas Brown, Jason Carter, Darren Noble
  • Patent number: 9027779
    Abstract: A trash can for hanging and retaining standard kitchen trash bags in a sanitary and energy efficient manner. Novel trash bag support brackets are suspended spatially within the trash can to allow a user to stretch the mouth of a trash bag thereabout without touching any other surface. The trash bag opens from the front, allowing a user to hang the trash bag without bending or stooping. Foot pedals control three different lid positions. A combination false bottom/catch pan tilts backwards to collect and contain any solid or liquid waste. An integral pedal-to-lid linkage shield affixed to the back of the false floor doubles as a handle to lift the false bottom/catch pan out from the trash can for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Aaron N Friedman
  • Patent number: 9027777
    Abstract: A vented trash container with a manifold of air channels which is capable of distributing air throughout the entire container. The vented trash container is capable of eliminating vacuum between walls of the container and a liner. The manifold in the container comprises a plurality of air channels and an air distributing means. The manifold forms a network of the air channels so as to provide air distribution throughout the entire container and enhance reliability of the air distribution. The vented trash container with the manifold can be cast form a single piece of a material to form an integrated seamless unit and easily manufactured by a single injection molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: John H. Steidinger, III
  • Patent number: 9004282
    Abstract: A nestable container and lid are provided. A first container may be received by a second container such that the first container nests in the second container. The lid of the first container is also nestable in the open lid of the second container when the lids of the first container and the second container are opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: William Van Ness
  • Patent number: 9004309
    Abstract: A bucket stabilizer including a disk-shaped base with an annular wall having a top perimeter, an inner surface, an outer surface, and a lower perimeter continuously disposed on the base. A plurality of securement tines are disposed on the inner surface proximal the top perimeter and are configured to removable secure a bottom portion of a five gallon mixer bucket. Right angled brackets configured to support the mixer bucket are disposed on the inner surface. A hemispherical opening configured to receive a user's foot to stabilize the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: George R. Gardner
  • Patent number: 8973774
    Abstract: Waste container including a base defining a waste-receiving compartment, a lid movably attached to the base and movable between a first position covering a waste insertion opening and a second position in which it does not obstruct the waste insertion opening and a support portion including an aperture through which a bag is placed into the compartment. An obstruction mechanism includes an actuator and an obstruction member having at least one part that selectively engages with the bag at a location below the support portion. The actuator is manually and/or automatically rotatable to cause rotation of the obstruction member between a first position in which the obstruction member is in a first plane not obstructing insertion of waste into the bag and a second position in which the obstruction member is in a second plane obstructing insertion of waste into the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: David M. Stravitz
  • Patent number: 8959880
    Abstract: A film-supporting device is used with a waste-disposal unit. The device comprises an annular body. The annular body has an annular wall. The inward radial surface of the wall defines a central opening of the body. The outline of the central opening in a transverse plane of the device has variable diametrical dimensions with a first diameter of greater dimension than the second diameter. The outline has two of the first diameter of generally equal dimension and two of the second diameter of generally equal dimension. The device has tubular film about an outward radial surface of the annular body. A free annular end is dispensed outwardly from the annular wall. The free annular end is closed to form a bag. The opening of the bag is accessible through the central opening and is of optimized shape via the central opening for the disposal of waste. A method for disposing of waste on a scooping tool is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: International Refills Company Limited
    Inventor: Michel Morand
  • Patent number: 8955706
    Abstract: A vacuum-operated trash receptacle which is characterized by a container fitted with an air blower, vacuum pump or the like, either on the perforated lid, bottom or on the side thereof and having a like-shaped, removable, typically slotted liner inserted therein. In a preferred embodiment, the outer wall or walls and/or bottom of the liner are spaced from the corresponding inside wall or walls and bottom panel of the container, respectively, to define a separate or connected annulus between the bottom and wall or walls of the container and liner. The container is further provided with a top flange which receives a corresponding liner flange on the liner to seal the separate or connected bottom and wall annulus and facilitate development of a vacuum in the bottom annulus and wall annulus or both and in the liner by operation of the air blower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Rock A. Gagnebin
  • Patent number: 8944249
    Abstract: A refuse container provides an indication of the weight of the refuse stored therein to a refuse collector to indicate whether the weight is safe to handle or requires extra caution. The refuse container includes a body into which one or more springs is places. A platform is placed on the one or more springs. A weight indicator is attached to the platform. The weight indicator has marking to distinguish a plurality of weight indicator regions. A window allows the weight indicator to be seen. As the platform moves up and down in response to the weight of the refuse thereon, certain of the weight indicator regions of the weight indicator will be viewable in the window to thereby indicate how safe the refuse in the refuse container is to handle or whether additional refuse can be added to the refuse container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory Mullaney
  • Patent number: 8944276
    Abstract: A dumpster having a moveable false floor which moves from a bottom of the dumpster toward a top opening when the dumpster is tilted to a substantially inverted orientation during collection of trash. The moveable false floor has freedom to move a predetermined length toward the top opening, where upon reaching the predetermined length a restraining device abruptly stops the floor causing the dumpster to shake dislodging adhered trash. Upon being returned to an upright orientation the moveable false floor moves back to the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Tony Garagiola
  • Patent number: 8893884
    Abstract: A sharps container includes a sub-lid that normally defines an opening into the container that is too small for a hand. Upon closure of the sub-lid, the opening is enlarged so that larger objects can be placed in the container while the closure of the sub-lid continues to prevent a hand from reaching into the container interior. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Derick Foster, Cynthia R. Meissen, Ryan C. Meers, Margaret McCanless
  • Patent number: 8875937
    Abstract: A unitary plastic container, which is optionally used for waste collection comprises a base, a front wall, a back wall and two opposing side walls, each wall extending upwardly from the base to define an open container top and an interior container volume. Each side wall has an outwardly extending sidewall portion which is outwardly offset relative to the rest of the container side wall. In each outwardly extending sidewall portion, an elongated cutout, indentation or channel is present. The elongated channel has a forward opening, a rearward opening and an elongated side opening extending from the forward opening to the rearward opening. The elongated channel lies within the interior container volume and divides the outwardly extending sidewall portion into two areas: an upper outwardly extending sidewall portion and a lower outwardly extending portion. The outwardly open elongate channel may be fitted with a reinforcing sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: NOVA Chemicals (International) S.A.
    Inventors: Henry F Hay, Daniel Andrew Depenhart, Sean Barton
  • Patent number: 8875932
    Abstract: A front load refuse container made according to this invention has its four walls integrally formed out of a single piece of sheet metal. To form the walls, the single sheet is welded along a single vertical seam to form a circular-shaped ring. The circular-shaped ring is subjected to a swaging process that produces a rectangular-shaped ring with rounded corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: J. Daniel Hankey
  • Patent number: 8844435
    Abstract: A compression-type wastebasket includes: a body which has an opened upper part and a space formed therein in order to accommodate a garbage bag; a body cover which is configured to cover the upper part of the body, wherein an opening unit for connecting the inside and the outside of the body is formed on the central part thereof, a bag fixing unit is formed along the outer girth of the opening unit to fix the girth of an inlet end portion of the garbage bag, and a gripping unit is formed on a part of the opening unit; and a compression member which has a compression surface capable of entering the opening unit in order to compress the waste contained within the body, and is configured to be gripped on the gripping unit while rotating at a predetermined angle on the basis of a compression direction in the opening unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Il Kang Kim
  • Patent number: 8844751
    Abstract: A waste container for disposing sanitary waste, such as soiled diapers, comprises a canister having a storage space, an opening at an upper end and a bottom at a lower end. A retainer frame is pivotally attached to the canister and has an aperture for inserting a trash bag through the aperture and folding an upper edge of the trash bag over the retainer frame. A retainer is pivotally attached to the canister and has a rim that inserts into the aperture of the retainer frame to retain the trash bag. A lid having a hole which aligns with the aperture of the retainer frame is pivotally attached to the canister for allowing the lid to pivot between a closed position covering the opening and an open position. A sliding door is coupled to the lid and is slidable between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Pearhead, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Ray Sakaguchi, John Richard Omdahl, II, Tyler Fredric Allan, Michael Saburo Horito, Arthur Lee Dietrich-Croy, Clark Evan Davis, Mark Edwin Schulte
  • Patent number: 8839553
    Abstract: A kit for a planter is disclosed that has a polygon shape and has a selected number of sides and a same selected number of corners. The kit includes a selected number of bottom corner brackets, a selected number of corner beads, a selected number of top corner brackets, a selected number of top frame corner brackets, and a selected number of pairs of spacer runners that each correspond to the selected number of corners. The kit also includes a planter tub sized to fit within a planter body. The brackets and spacer runners are configured to be connected together to form a skeleton to which boards can be attached to form the planter body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: AZEK Building Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Toro
  • Patent number: 8833588
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a foot operated latch and linkage means permitting hands-free access to a waste or recycling container. The latch includes a kick plate which is interlocked with a foot pedal whereby displacement of the kick plate permits release of the foot pedal to move from a latched position to an unlatched position, which pedal movement engages a linkage which opens a user access door in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Haul-All Equipment Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter Spahmann, C. Kelly Phillip, John Jansen
  • Patent number: 8820566
    Abstract: A ventilated barrel cover system for effectively covering a barrel while allowing for ventilation of the contents of the barrel. The ventilated barrel cover system generally includes a base positionable upon an upper rim of a barrel, an upper opening extending through the base, and a cover removably attached to the base for selectively closing the upper opening. The base includes at least one vent for allowing ventilation of the interior of the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Scott C. Ude
  • Patent number: 8820567
    Abstract: The present invention is a talking trash receptacle that includes a lid that is removably placed on the receptacle, a plurality of speakers that are disposed on the lid that emit an audio message alerting one or more users that the receptacle is full, a beam sensor that runs across the receptacle and senses when trash and debris contained and piled-up in the receptacle intersect the beam sensor and a trash bag that is disposed within the receptacle that contains the trash and debris that are contained and piled-up within the receptacle. The receptacle also includes a trash can that contains the trash bag and the trash and debris, a speaker board that serves as a base of the speakers that are disposed on the speaker board and a plurality of sensor holding arms that secures the beam sensor in place that runs across the top portion of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Don Cutler
  • Patent number: 8807381
    Abstract: A receptacle includes a body configured to receive a liner and a cinch disposed on the body. The cinch includes a projection disposed outward of the body and configured such that at least a portion of the liner can be disposed between the projection and the body. The cinch further includes a slot having an open end and a closed end, wherein the slot is disposed substantially adjacent the projection and configured such that at least a portion of the liner can be disposed and retained within the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Commercial Products LLC
    Inventors: Ashley P. Z. Wentz, A. Reneau Van Landingham, Thomas A. Ruckman
  • Patent number: 8769770
    Abstract: A hinge on a cover for a container, has a pivot axis and includes at least one first member fixed against rotation and at least one second member rotatable about the axis, which first and second members are arranged coaxially along the axis. A third member is arranged coaxial with the first and second members. A damper element is provided between the first and the third members in order to dampen the relative rate of rotation between the members. A first spring is arranged between the second and the third tubular members, which first spring is connected to the respective second and third members so that relative rotation between the tubular members is permitted in a first direction, when the cover is pivoted towards a first position, and prevented in a second direction, when the cover is pivoted towards a second position. A container provided with such a hinge is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventors: Marcus Kullman, Robin Sundberg
  • Patent number: 8770641
    Abstract: Several embodiments of plastic dumpsters with improved strength and durability are disclosed. In one embodiment, gussets connect pockets to bevel walls, connecting the side walls to front and rear walls of the dumpster. The bevel walls are stronger than the side walls of the dumpster. Other embodiments disclose gussets integral with front and rear walls of the dumpster for improved strength. Other embodiments disclose removable, separately formed sleeves that are secured to the sides of the dumpster to form pockets for receiving the forks of a truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Jon P. Hassell, William P. Apps
  • Patent number: 8757428
    Abstract: A refuse carrying device with a variety of handling features includes a container, an attachable secondary handle, an attachable wheel assembly, and a shoulder resting recess. The durable container has an open top adapted for receiving refuse. Opposing sides of a top edge of the container include a pair of handles. The selectably attachable secondary side handle and the selectably attachable wheel assembly are positioned along an outer lower perimeter edge of the container. The shoulder recess is an indentation along the lower perimeter edge opposite the secondary handle and includes an attachable padded cushion to line the recess. A user places the shoulder rest in contact with the shoulder and grips the secondary handle to carry the container upon the shoulder region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Marvin D. Daudelin
  • Patent number: 8757414
    Abstract: Herein described is a bin for collecting solid waste, in particular urban waste, provided with a device for weighing the products deposited by a single user, of the type made up of two containers, the outer covering one and the inner one for collecting waste. Such bin includes a rigid frame arranged in the gap between the two containers. Such frame rests on four stanchions on the bottom of the more outer container, where the wheels are applied, whereas on the upper edge some load cells are arranged, which support the most inner container so as to be able to detect the weight of the waste deposited in the bin by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Leader Time S.r.l.
    Inventors: Guido Roman, Roberto De Toni
  • Patent number: 8752724
    Abstract: A container system includes a container having an opening and an insert configured to be placed in the container through the opening. The insert includes a sleeve substantially corresponding in shape to a shape of an inner surface of the container adjacent to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Dikran S. Babikian, Marvin C. Wells
  • Patent number: 8752706
    Abstract: A dual purpose waste receptacle and toilet tissue roll storage device in which the toilet tissue storage area is arranged below the waste receptacle and provides a base on which the dual purpose device stands in use. A flanged top provides for convenient handling. The device may be made in one or two pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Mario S. Dermo
  • Patent number: 8727181
    Abstract: Trash receptacles are rarely cleaned. These containers can contain germs and disease in them in many situations. This liquid dispensing device will spray a liquid of choice with in the interior of the trash receptacle automatically every time it is emptied and replaced onto the support surface. These liquids may drastically reduce the amount of bacteria, germs, insects, and disease with in the container. This device will provide this sanitation service automatically. This liquid dispensing device may be attached to industrial dumpsters as well as to residential trash containers. This device does not require a power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Eric Stephen Larabee
  • Patent number: 8720728
    Abstract: A trash can with a lid can include a lock for the lid. The lock can include a latch that cooperates with the trash container body to lock the lid over the opening of the body. The latch can be configured to slide with respect to the edge of the opening of the body from an unlocked position to a locked position. This latch can be integrated into, built into or self contained in the lid. The trash can can also include a pedal actuator for opening the lid. The trash can can also include a damping mechanism mounted to the body of the trash can with a mounting plate. The mounting plate can be made from a material that is harder than the material used for the body of the trash can. Additionally, the trash can can have wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Joseph Sandor
  • Patent number: 8720686
    Abstract: A lidded container assembly includes a container having a lid that rotates between a closed position to close the container and an opened position to open the container. A coupling assembly joins a flag and the container to allow rotation of the flag between lowered and raised positions. When the container is moved from an upright position to an inverted position, gravity moves the lid from the closed position to the open position, and the lid acts on the flag positioned over the lid to overcome friction between the coupling assembly and the container to rotate the flag from the lowered position to the raised position. When the container is returned to the upright position, gravity moves the lid from the open position to the closed position, and the friction between the coupling assembly and the container automatically holds the flag in the raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Keith E. Shuman
  • Patent number: 8714404
    Abstract: A refuse container has a bin defining a cavity and a lid selectively inhibiting access to the cavity. A pair of opposing brackets is located below the lid. The brackets are in laterally spaced relationship such that a space is located between portions of the brackets. Each bracket has opposing inner and outer face portions with an interior gap formed between therebetween. The interior gap is fluidly isolated from the cavity. A rib is located within the interior gaps such that each rib extends inwardly relative to the space between the brackets. A retention bar is coupled to each bracket and spans the space from one bracket to the other bracket wherein opposing ends of the retention bar extend into the interior gap of each bracket, and an exposed portion of the retention bar spans the space between the brackets. The end portions of the retention bar abut the ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Orbis Canada Limited
    Inventors: Narayan Raghunathan, Basil Thompson Martheenal
  • Patent number: 8695834
    Abstract: A carrier is configured to hold a container having a door mounted for reciprocation between opened and closed positions. The carrier includes a body adapted to receive the container as well as an extension coupled for reciprocal movement with respect to the body. The extension is adapted for engagement with the door of the container, and the reciprocal movement of the extension is adapted to reciprocate the door of the container between the opened and closed position. A container system including a container and the carrier is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Robert Joseph Panek, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8695484
    Abstract: A device for preparing a beverage from a capsule containing an ingredient of the beverage, includes a housing with a cavity to which used capsules are evacuated; and a collection receptacle in the cavity of the housing. The receptacle has an opening for receiving the evacuated used capsules and collecting the capsules. The receptacle has a reception orientation in which the receptacle is arranged to be filled with capsules up to a maximum level of fill in the cavity which extends above the opening of the receptacle in the reception orientation of the receptacle. The receptacle being tiltable or pivotable in the cavity into a removal orientation for allowing removal of the collection receptacle filled with capsules from the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Peter Möri
  • Patent number: 8690007
    Abstract: A lid for industrial or commercial large size solid waste containers has a ribbed single layer central portion and a peripheral edge having a hollow double wall boxed configuration. The lids have substantial symmetry so that the lids may be stacked and nested with alternate lids oriented in opposite front-to-back directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Craig V. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8678219
    Abstract: A lid operation arrangement of a container includes an automatic operated unit for automatically operating a lid panel, a foot operated unit for manually operating the lid panel, and a motorized unit operatively linked with the automatic operated unit and the foot operated unit. When the motorized unit is activated by the automatic operated unit, the motorized unit is arranged for generating a torque enhancing force to move the lid panel from the opened position to the closed position and for generating a decelerating force to move the lid panel back to the closed position from the opened position in a hydraulic manner. After the lid panel is lifted up to the opened position by the foot operated unit, the motorized unit only generates the decelerating force to move the lid panel back to the closed position from the opened position in a hydraulic manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventors: Xin Wang, Jiangqun Chen
  • Patent number: 8662337
    Abstract: A waste storage device is provided including a waste storage cassette receiving chamber for receiving a cassette rotatable within the chamber and containing tubing for enveloping waste. The device further includes a waste inlet and a throat area therebetween, wherein a releasable gripping assembly is provided in the throat area and arranged for actuation between a released configuration defining an aperture for passage of waste therethrough and a gripping configuration defining a restriction in the throat area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sangenic International Limited
    Inventors: Graham Keith Lacy, Nicholas Gerald Fitton, Benjamin Douglas Vinal Cramp, Julian Swan
  • Patent number: 8657139
    Abstract: A system for delivering deodorizer or repellent or both is intended for use with a household or commercial container including a cover. The system includes a first receptacle formed as a first housing shell surrounding a volume for holding a repellent or deodorizer, where openings allow part of the repellent or deodorizer to escape into the environment when the first receptacle is positioned on the outer cover surface and the cover is positioned on the container. A second receptacle formed as a second housing shell surrounding an inner volume for holding a repellent or deodorizer, where openings allow part of the repellent or deodorizer to escape into the inner container environment when the second receptacle is positioned on the inner cover surface and the cover is positioned on the container. A connector detachably connects the receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Julia Ann Bodine
  • Patent number: 8646384
    Abstract: A manual compactor that includes an air ventilation system and also a lid that is capable of being forced downward onto trash within a trash can. The trash can has a wheel base. The air ventilation system includes an internal aerated ring with a series of vent holes, with the ring being attached to a pair of internal air channels that open to the outside air. The lid is capable of either being mounted on top of the trash can or in the alternative, can be shoved downward onto trash within the trash can. A series of serrated blades mounted on the underside of the lid are used to cut up and shred the trash within the compactor while it is being compacted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: James D. Moglia
  • Patent number: 8631940
    Abstract: A unitary plastic container, which is optionally used for waste collection comprises a base, a front wall, a back wall and two opposing side walls, each wall extending upwardly from the base to define an open container top and an interior container volume. Each side wall has an outwardly extending sidewall portion which is outwardly offset relative to the rest of the container side wall. In each outwardly extending sidewall portion, an elongated cutout, indentation or channel is present. The elongated channel has a forward opening, a rearward opening and an elongated side opening extending from the forward opening to the rearward opening. The elongated channel lies within the interior container volume and divides the outwardly extending sidewall portion into two areas: an upper outwardly extending sidewall portion and a lower outwardly extending portion. The outwardly open elongate channel may be fitted with a reinforcing sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Nova Chemical (International). SA
    Inventors: Henry F. Hay, Daniel Andrew Depenhart, Sean Barton
  • Patent number: 8613366
    Abstract: A container system is provided with a container having a door mounted for pivotal reciprocation about a door pivot axis between opened and closed positions. The container system also has a carrier with a body receiving the container and an arm coupled to the body for pivotal reciprocation about an arm pivot axis that is oriented substantially parallel to the door pivot axis. The arm engages the door of the container, and the pivotal reciprocation of the arm reciprocates the door of the container between the opened and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Brian Finnestad, John Japuntich, Robert Joseph Panek, Jr., Anton M Smudde
  • Patent number: 8584880
    Abstract: A dumpster for holding waste material has a cup-shaped body, a lid and one or more hooking means, which are suitable to connect the dumpster to a waste collection device; the dumpster has one or more openings obtained in the body or in the lid and has one or more inserts, each of which is suitable to close a corresponding opening; each insert comprises a plate made of translucent material and is provided, in turn with a fixing system; the fixing system having at least one damping means suitable to attenuate vibration movements of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Luca Ferraccioli