Segregated Patents (Class 220/909)
  • Patent number: 9878846
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a commercial waste system including a commercial waste container and a commercial waste vehicle. The waste container includes an interior volume that may be divided by a container divider into at least two container chambers, to collect waste and/or other multiple types of recoverable (recyclable) materials without comingling. Additionally, the rear loading waste vehicle includes a hopper divider and a storage divider, such that collection of the multiple types of waste from the divided container does not comingle the collected materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Roy Andrew Strom
  • Patent number: 9315204
    Abstract: A recycling cart disposed on a wheeled platform. A trash can for non-recyclable trash and a green-colored bin for compostable materials are removably disposed on the platform. A shelf storage unit permanently disposed on the platform includes a divider separating upper and lower compartments. An upper recycle box within the upper compartment receives recyclable plastics, while a lower recycle box within the lower compartment receives recyclable cardboard and paper. An upper compartmentalized unit on a front side of shelf storage unit receives small recyclable items such as batteries, cartridges, and certain types of lights. An external handle is attached to the shelf storage unit. A storage area for recyclable broken down cardboard is defined by a gap between a vertical support plate on a rear end of the recycling cart and the shelf storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Christopher Birrell
  • 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: 8567640
    Abstract: A portable carousel assembly for storing and facilitating access to medicine containers, such as plastic bottles commonly used for prescription or over-the-counter medications. Each medicine bottle is housed in a station that includes an aperture formed in a top plate of a rotatable receptacle. The rotatable receptacle is coupled to a stationary base. An ejection mechanism, such as a lever, cam track or ramp is operable to partially eject a selected medicine bottle from the receptacle so that it can be viewed or removed from the receptacle. The medicine bottle is maintained in the partially ejected condition by grasping means, such as flaps, gaskets, or webbing, or by operation of the cam track or ramp, so that the user need only use one hand to operate the carousel assembly and remove the medicine bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: LJC Therapy Services. Inc.
    Inventor: Connie Johnson-Lofton
  • Patent number: 8544673
    Abstract: A dual bin waste receptacle is disclosed having a bin assembly comprised of a pair of bins sharing a single divider between them. The bins are waterproof and leak proof. The tops of each respective bin has a continuous rim that a trash liner may be folded over. A complementary dual lid assembly is also provided that snaps onto the bin assembly thereby pinching both of the trash liners. The lid assembly is hinged in the middle, essentially over the divider that allows access to and trash liner removal from each side independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Sandra Polk
  • Patent number: 8522993
    Abstract: A container lid opener and storage device providing storage for a plurality of wheeled containers that have hinged lids. The containers used for separating different types of household waste are pushed into the device where each container lid is coupled to a single outer lid. The connecting tether assembly provides access for attaching and detaching the container lids when the single outer lid is in a closed position. The tethers are semi flexible providing sufficient slack for attaching a dethatching in addition to a maximum container lid open angle relevant to the respective outer lid open angle positioning. A single foot pedal is used to simultaneously open and close multiple containers while having the use of both hands for depositing sorted items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Neal Warren Flewelling
  • Patent number: 7878358
    Abstract: A refuse receptacle system comprising a frame and a plurality of refuse containers supported by the frame is provided. Each of the refuse containers have a receptacle and a complimentary lid reciprocally movable with respect to the receptacle. The receptacle of each of the containers is supported by the frame and is disposed at an angle in a range from about 10 to about 20 degrees from a vertical axis. A plurality of linkages are associated with the frame, whereby each linkage is coupled to the complimentary lid of one of the containers and is configured for reciprocation of the complementary lid between an open position and a closed position with respect to the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventor: Anton M. Smudde
  • Patent number: 7464829
    Abstract: A divider assembly is adapted for installation in a waste container which includes a divider member and at least one retention member. The divider member is axially receivable within the waste container and includes an upper surface which defines a plane, and a pair of opposed upper side portions. The retention member is attachable the waste container and cooperates with a corresponding one of the pair of opposed upper side portions of the divider member in order to secure the divider member within the waste container. In operation, the retention member is disposed below the plane of the upper surface of the divider member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Gerald R. Koefelda, Gabriel A. Guerra
  • Patent number: 7204407
    Abstract: A device for the collection of articles, such as waste, dirty laundry and the like, has a carrying frame with several cutouts, into which can be inserted in each case a bag-like receptacle produced from a plastic film, from a textile fabric, from paper or the like. The receptacles are fastenable to the carrying frame. The carrying frame is formed all-round, at the edgings surrounding the cutouts, with a clamping contour in the form of projecting strips, grooves, or the like, into which frame-shaped or ring-shaped, elastically deformable holding shackles assigned to the bag-like receptacles and at least virtually closed on themselves can be inserted. The upper edges of the bag-like receptacles can be clamped between the holding shackles and the clamping contour on the carrying frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Inventor: Karl Laher
  • Patent number: 7143905
    Abstract: An enclosure for a refuse container and a recyclable container includes a frame; a front and a rear carried by the frame and including an advertising holder, a refuse opening, and a recyclable opening, the refuse opening receiving refuse therethrough for depositing the refuse in the enclosed refuse container, the recyclable opening receiving recyclables therethrough for depositing the recyclables in the enclosed recyclable container; a rear carried by the frame and including an advertising holder for holding advertising; a left side carried by the frame and including an advertising holder for holding advertising; a right side carried by the frame and including an advertising holder for holding advertising thereon; and a roof carried by the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Chakra Properties, LLC
    Inventors: Shahin Enayati, Piraphakar Mahalingam, John C. Wencel
  • Patent number: 6732880
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved hinged receptacle or container which allows quick, safe and convenient dislodging, removal or ejection of contents of any shape or size, lined or unlined with plural uses having a hollow body member and an interior horizontal base bottom floor, which is halved and is attached to it's vertical side(s). It has a pivotal piano type hinged side, with the opposite side(s) or it's vertical side having a locking closure fastener system on it's side wall(s), and opposite the said horizontal halved base bottom floor an opening with a top of any type for closure and sealing in it's contents in normal operational uses and purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Inventor: Franklin Delano Nash, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20040069787
    Abstract: A revolveable laundry hamper for individually storing laundry in a plurality of chambers into which garments and items requiring laundering can be separated according to wash cycle required. The laundry hamper consists of a box-like structure having four side doors with fasteners on each door and the underside of the structure to hold a laundry bag open. The entire structure is mounted on a turntable to be rotated to select the appropriate laundry bag for the item to be washed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Inventors: Robert Gruennert, Lance Messmer
  • Publication number: 20040060939
    Abstract: A rectangular shaped two sided storage container comprised of the storage areas (18) and (19), the primary lid (2) of which contains the uniquely functional rigid acrylic plastic refuse door (9) and the rigid acrylic plastic dispenser chute (5) both of which lead to their respective storage areas. The entire container is made of rigid and semirigid plastics both materials safely intended for use in contact with food in accordance with the Food and Drug Administration. The secondary lid (20) is composed of the same above mentioned plastic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2002
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Inventor: Madinah Hasan Barrett
  • Patent number: 6676141
    Abstract: A cart and container assembly with wheels and a handle that is specifically designed to transport and hold recycle bins for recyclable materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventor: Ray Hadley
  • Patent number: 6607088
    Abstract: A bin carrier attachment is provided for a portable waste container. The attachment includes a mounting member adapted for securing the attachment to the waste container. A bin support member is attached to the mounting member, and is adapted for supporting a separate bin used for containing articles outside of the waste container. The waste container and bin are movable together in a single trip between a storage site and a waste collection site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: P.I.C.K. Incorporated
    Inventor: Peter A. Cestrone
  • Publication number: 20030146230
    Abstract: A lid (10) for covering at least a portion of a top opening (90) of a refuse bin (81) generally comprises a rectangular panel (20) including an upper side (30); a lower side (40); a mid-section (77); a hinge end (50) including hinge bearings (54); and an opening end (60). Panel (20) is defined by a plurality of upwardly arched longitudinal corrugations (21), sinusoidal in lateral section, spanning substantially between opening end (60) and hinge end (50). An exemplary embodiment includes a bend section (13) at a predetermined lateral cross-section such that a longitudinal compressive force on opening end (60) at failure buckles panel (20) convex upward at bend section (13). The mid-section of panel (20) is upwardly laterally arched. Lid (10) includes a plurality of protrusions (45) such that a plurality of lids (10) may be stacked in a parallel relationship. The area of bearings (54) is large and preferably exceeds 10% of the area of hinge rod (94).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventors: Edward Eaton, E. Grant Swick, Richard J. Tracy
  • Patent number: 6568555
    Abstract: A garbage receptacle with incorporated liner compartment including a container having an open upper end, a closed lower end, and a surrounding side wall therebetween. The container includes an intermediate lateral wall disposed upwardly of the closed lower end whereby a storage compartment is formed between the intermediate sliding shelf and the closed lower end. The surrounding side wall has an opening therein exposing the storage compartment. The opening has a removable access panel disposed therein. The storage compartment is dimensioned for holding a box of garbage liners therein. The intermediate sliding shelf has a central aperture therethrough, whereby a single liner is fed through the aperture to be extended up over the open upper end of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventor: Charles LoCascio
  • Publication number: 20020162840
    Abstract: A lid construction having lid flaps (7, 8) is proposed for compost boxes (1, 2) which are serviced by shovel loaders, said lid construction ensuring improved hygiene for the environment due to a peripheral seal (9, 10), and re-supplying the condensate to its place of origin as a result of a structured cover-layer material (20) having ridge-like elevations (22, 23) with a grid structure on the ceiling of the semi-permeable tarpaulin, and thus improving the humidity retention and the quality of the compost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2002
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Tschudi
  • Patent number: 6425487
    Abstract: A depository for waste articles includes a chamber for storing waste articles and a control unit for determining a characteristic of a waste article presented to the depository for storage in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen J. Emmott, Sarah Woods
  • Patent number: 6386386
    Abstract: A Medical Waste Segregation Apparatus and Method for segregating medical waste at the point of disposal within a medical facility in preparation for further segregated disposal outside the facility. The medical waste device is divided in half by a vertical plane extending through the mid point thereof and with color coding; i.e., one half red and one half neutral, for easy recognition by busy medical staff to deposit red medical waste in the red sector at the point of generation of such waste, whereby cost savings are available for recyclable general waste in the form of cost avoidance as well as seeking to eliminate commingling of general waste inadvertently with medical waste, to achieve decreased disposal cost and increased opportunity for cost avoidance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Inventor: Scott A. George
  • Patent number: 6378721
    Abstract: A compartmentalized trash can for sorting and storing different kinds of recyclables. A plurality of partitions are disposed in, and divide, a container into a plurality of sub-chambers. A lid is hingedly attached to, and selectively opens and closes the container. An apparatus opens the lid by use of a foot of a user. A liner bag removably lines the container and is defined by a peripheral flange, and includes a plurality of sub-liner bags that are formed together as one piece, with each sub-liner bag lining an associated sub-chamber. Each sub-liner bag is defined by a flange. The flanges of adjacent sub-liner bags are common, and solely by themselves, without any other attachments, attach the plurality of sub-liner bags to each other. The flanges of the plurality of sub-liner bags are divided lengthwise by perforations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Inventor: Keith Williams
  • Publication number: 20020027140
    Abstract: A Medical Waste Segregation Apparatus and Method for segregating medical waste at the point of disposal within a medical facility in preparation for further segregated disposal outside the facility. The medical waste device is divided in half by a vertical plane extending through the mid point thereof and with color coding; i.e., one half red and one half neutral, for easy recognition by busy medical staff to deposit red medical waste in the red sector at the point of generation of such waste, whereby cost savings are available for recyclable general waste in the form of cost avoidance as well as seeking to eliminate commingling of general waste inadvertently with medical waste, to achieve decreased disposal cost and increased opportunity for cost avoidance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2001
    Publication date: March 7, 2002
    Inventor: Scott A. George
  • Patent number: 6341438
    Abstract: An advertising display device usable for the collection and temporary retention of waste is defined by a hollow container having a movable front panel for accessing the interior. A frame in the interior provides for the emplacement of at least two trash bags to enable separable depositing of different sorts of waste thereinto to increase ease of recycling. At least one transparent layer mounted to the front panel cooperates therewith to define a pocket therebetween for removable emplacement of advertising media therewithin. The device is attachable to a post or other stanchion. In an alternate embodiment, the device is unitary in construction, a hinged top wall provides access to the interior, and multiple removable canisters in the interior enable separable depositing of different sorts of waste thereinto to increase ease of recycling. In the alternate embodiment, at least one divider may be used to separate the interior into multiple compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Inventor: Evangelo Sianos
  • Patent number: 6334542
    Abstract: A garbage can has a main body which is provided with a cover, a garbage holder, and a synchronization mechanism assembly enabling the cover and the garbage holder to work synchronously. The synchronization mechanism assembly comprises a motor having a spindle, a drive gear mounted on the spindle of the motor, a toothed piece of the garbage holder, a transmission gear engaged with the drive gear and a toothed piece of the cover, and a control chip for controlling the operation of the motor. As the motor is started, the drive gear is actuated to turn so as to drive the garbage holder via the toothed piece of the garbage holder. The transmission gear is also driven by the drive gear in motion such that the cover is driven by the transmission gear via the toothed piece of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Inventor: Chi-Ming Hsu
  • Publication number: 20010054614
    Abstract: A bin carrier attachment is provided for a portable waste container. The attachment includes a mounting member adapted for securing the attachment to the waste container. A bin support member is attached to the mounting member, and is adapted for supporting a separate bin used for containing articles outside of the waste container. The waste container and bin are movable together in a single trip between a storage site and a waste collection site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Publication date: December 27, 2001
    Inventor: Peter A. Cestrone
  • Patent number: 6325587
    Abstract: A segregated waste collection system for collecting segregated waste from a distant location and moving the collected segregated waste to a centralized collection station, while maintaining the segregated state of the waste. The segregated waste collection system comprises a waste container, a transfer container, and a collection vehicle, each of which has corresponding compartments for storing the segregated waste. The waste from the waste container is transferred to the transfer container and is then transferred to the collection vehicle. A deflector on the transfer container aligned with the transfer container divider and operable between a fill position and a dump position. In the fill position, the divider deflects the waste container contents from the waste compartments into the corresponding transfer compartments. In the dump position, the deflector deflects the contents from the transfer compartments into the corresponding storage compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Cascade Engineerig, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward H. Wysocki, Jimmy O. Bayne
  • Patent number: 6196407
    Abstract: A garbage container includes a base, a bottom cover rotatably supported on the base to hold an outer shell and an inner barrel, a plurality of partition boards fastened to the bottom cover and defining a plurality of storage chambers within the outer shell around the inner barrel for receiving classified waste materials, a top cover covered on the outer shell over the storage chambers, an inner container formed of multiple container parts and mounted within the inner barrel, a plurality of cover panels respectively pivoted to the inner barrel and moved to close/open the storage chamber, and a foot lever pivoted to the base and operated to lift one container part or the inner container in opening one cover panel from one storage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Green Wheel Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kun-Hei Liu
  • Patent number: 6193091
    Abstract: A recycling bin designed to accept different materials, the bin having a base, a rear wall, a front wall, a pair of side walls and a cover, a plurality of containers being mounted in the recycling bin, locating means for separating each container from an adjacent container and maintaining each container in a desired position, flap means located within an upper portion of the front wall to provide access to an upper portion of each of the containers, and said back wall being hinged along a bottom edge to thereby provide access to the containers. The front and back walls are preferably arranged to accept information display panels such as advertising and which panels can only be accessed upon the unlocking of the recycling bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Wundale Holding S.A.
    Inventor: Salvatore Olivetti
  • Patent number: 6129233
    Abstract: The collection of household refuse using multichamber refuse containers poses problems if automatic container grippers are used since the section lids of the container can no longer be opened manually before the container is tipped into the vehicle. In particular in the case of multichamber refuse containers having a partition which is attached perpendicularly to the axis of rotation of the container lid in the container, there is the risk that as the refuse is being tipped into the vehicle, the section lids of the container will collide with the partition of the vehicle and therefore will not open completely. The patent specification proposes various means, such as changing the geometry of the axis of rotation of the section lids, or curved control means attached to the refuse container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventor: Rolf Schiller
  • Patent number: 6062416
    Abstract: A container for sorting and storing items to be laundered is described. The container comprises two lower compartments for storing bulkier items and two inner compartments arranged to pivot within the container from a position wherein the inner compartment(s) are within the container to an outward position wherein the inner compartment(s) are outward of the container. Furthermore, the inner compartments are arranged to accept one or more rigid inserts therein. In operation, items to be laundered together are deposited into the desired rigid insert(s). When laundry day arrives, the rigid insert(s) are removed from the inner compartment(s) of the container and emptied directly into the washing machine. As the items to be laundered have already been sorted, the time and effort required to do the laundry is significantly decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventor: Alexandra Martina Smillie
  • Patent number: 6050442
    Abstract: A multi-compartment container includes a partition member located in the container a pair of lids pivotally attached to the partition member. Each lid includes a pair of integrally molded hinge arms and one or more integrally molded cantilevered hinge pins extends laterally from each of the hinge arms of each lid along a common pivot axis. Spaced sockets are formed in the partition member for pivotally receiving the cantilevered hinge pins of each lid. Some of the hinge pins of each lid have a beveled end surface, and the partition member has a beveled surface adjacent some of the sockets complementary to the hinge pin beveled end surfaces. With this arrangement, each of the lids can be installed on the container by aligning the beveled surfaces of the pins and partition wall, and forcing the hinge pins in a camming action along the beveled surfaces until the hinge pins snap into their respective sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Cascade Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward H. Wysocki
  • Patent number: 6047843
    Abstract: A receptacle assembly where garbage can be sorted for purposes of recycling. The receptacle assembly includes a main housing that is symmetrically disposed around a central vertical axis. A plurality of internal walls are disposed within the main housing that radially extend from the central axis. The internal walls create compartments within the housing. Doors are disposed within the housing. Each door provides access to one of the compartments within the housing. A plurality of containers are provided, wherein each of the containers is sized to fit within one of the compartments through the door openings. Access openings are disposed either in the lid of the receptacle assembly or in the side surfaces of the main housing. In this manner, different materials can be disposed of in the different compartments of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventor: Deirdre L. Mecke
  • Patent number: 6024240
    Abstract: A wastebasket has a divider for dividing it into several sections for holding different kinds of trash for recycling. The wastebasket has a rim, notches in the rim, and a bag support member which, together, support a bag in each section of the wastebasket. For use in emptying trash from each section, the wastebasket has a removable lid which covers all but one section at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: JRS Amenities Ltd.
    Inventors: Susan E. Howard, Daniel E. Sabourin
  • Patent number: 6019242
    Abstract: A waste container having a hingedly mounted lid that can be moved between a closed position for covering the container to an open position for providing access to the container. The lid is provided with a groove spaced from the hinge so that when the lid is rotated from the closed position to the open position, any moisture on the lid will flow into the groove where it is directed off of the lid instead of onto the hinge or into the waste container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignees: Cascade Engineering, Inc., Waste Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward H. Wysocki, Richard T. Williams
  • Patent number: 5994122
    Abstract: A composter capable of being formed from a number of moulded components which allows top filling and bottom removal of materials to be composted and composted materials respectively. A feature of the invention is the provision in major components of a ledge or the like form which supports the material to be composted at a variety of different heights in the assembly and which allows the serial cascading down of the materials as more material is loaded and/or as the material composts. Provision is made for closing the top and bottom of the component assembly. The major components are preferably rotationally moulded in a suitable plastics material and the arrangement is such that a full set of components are preferably compactable into a nested form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Prodevco (NZ) Limited
    Inventors: Raymond Cooper, Michael Hugh Smythe
  • Patent number: 5971196
    Abstract: A partitioned collection container including a central compartment and two lateral compartments is described herein. A first lid is pivotally mounted to close the central compartment and third and second lids are pivotally mounted to respectively close the two lateral compartments. A lid locking mechanism is provided. The lid locking mechanism has two positions. In a first position, the lid locking mechanism allows the first lid to open while preventing the second and third lids from opening. Conversely, in a second position, the lid locking mechanism allows the second and third lid to open while preventing the first lids from opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: C.S. Gestion de Dechets et de Matiere Recyclable Inc.
    Inventor: Denis Gamache
  • Patent number: 5938305
    Abstract: A compost and dry storage enclosure apparatus for use as a subassembly for a pull out base cabinet is shown. The apparatus includes a housing having a generally planar support with an opening of a predetermined shape and cross-sectional area and a circumferential edge around the opening The apparatus preferably includes first container which is formed of a material substantially impervious to moisture for receiving and storing material containing a high level of moisture for use in a compost mixture. The first container further includes a removable cover to form a removable fluid tight seal to contain the moisture and odor of the stored material containing moisture within the first container. The first container is located at a first predetermined position within the opening in the housing and is supported therein by the circumferential edge. The apparatus also includes a second container which is formed of a material for receiving and storing material containing a low level of moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Inventor: Virginia T. Rubsam-Tomlinson
  • Patent number: 5927518
    Abstract: A system designed the efficient separation, storage, loading, unloading and transportation of recyclable materials such as paper, glass, tin cans, plastic containers, aluminum containers, etc. The major component of the system is a container that is generally box-shaped to allow the containers to be closely stacked in rows. Each container has a slot in the top edge to provide for support of the container on a collection rail bar and support frame system which allows the containers to be efficiently grouped together and thereby provide storage for all classes of materials recycled at a single geographical location. The collection rail system of the invention can be economically adapted to many different types of stationary or motorized transport systems, enabling them to become recyclable material collections systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: David A. Sidwell
  • Patent number: 5919026
    Abstract: A method for unloading refuse contained in a container having a bottom discharge door into an interior of a storage body of a refuse collection vehicle having an access opening includes the steps of raising the container above the access opening of the storage body, lowering the container through the access opening to position the bottom discharge door within the interior of the storage body and opening the discharge door to unload refuse from the container into the interior of the storage body. A refuse collection vehicle includes a storage body, an intermediate container and a lift. The storage body has a plurality of walls defining an interior and an access opening. The intermediate container is movably supported adjacent to the storage body and includes a top opening, a bottom, a plurality of walls therebetween defining an interior and a discharge opening adjacent the bottom and at least one door adjacent the bottom for selectively opening and closing the discharge opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Kann Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Andy B. Appleton
  • Patent number: 5879015
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving material composed of two components, having a pair of receptacles deployed for the individual receipt of the components of the material, a housing defining separate chambers in which the components are to be stored, and means for individually moving the components received in the separate receptacles from the receptacles into their respective chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Inventors: Michael P. Ramsey, Thomas B. Eckert
  • Patent number: 5878904
    Abstract: An apparatus for dividing a trash can into a plurality of separate compartments for separating and storing recyclable materials. The plurality of separate compartments are formed by placing a plurality of insertable dividers into the trash can. The dividers combine to define an aperture in the center of the trash can opening to a lower volume of the trash can, permitting the disposal of metal cans or some other material into the lower volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Schweigert
  • Patent number: 5746324
    Abstract: A refuse-sorting device for use at the base of a building's refuse chute, for aiding in category-sorting of refuse. The device includes an open-topped container which is fitted with an openable bottom element. The container is supported for disposition under the discharge opening of a reuse chute, but for being shifted in a horizontal direction into overlying relation with any one of a plurality of upwardly open refuse bin. The device includes a first detector for detecting that refuse is falling into the container, and a second detector, for indicating that the container has completed shifting into overlying relation to a refuse bin designated for reception of the category of refuse contained in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Smedlund Milsiosystem Ab
    Inventor: Lars Smedlund
  • Patent number: 5725348
    Abstract: The present invention provides a dumpster and a lifting arm for lifting the dumpster and dumping the contents of the dumpster into a storage box. The dumpster includes an open top and is for storing garbage or some other material and is supported on the ground. The articulated lifting arm is usually mounted beneath a vehicle or other transportation apparatus having an open topped storage box. The articulated lifting arm is arranged for lifting the dumpster from the supporting surface to a position above the storage box for dumping any material stored in the dumpster into the storage box. The articulated lifting arm comprises hydraulic devices, a base member, and arm member, first positioning means, an attachment member, lifting devices, and dumping.backslash.positioning devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Inventor: William K. Drake
  • Patent number: 5695114
    Abstract: A refuse collection and recycling apparatus for primary household use for the purpose of collecting, separating and recycling refuse such as paper, plastics, cans, bottles and food, generated in the home, stores, and offices by means of a sample operation using a device of simple construction. The refuse collection and recycling apparatus will generally comprise a chute for discarding refuse. The front end and bottom end of the chute has an opening and inner and outer surfaces. The apparatus also contains a hollow housing having an opening in its top end and a back door. The hollow housing is attached to the bottom end of the chute in such a way that the openings in the bottom end of the chute and top end of the hollow housing are aligned directly over one another. The apparatus further contains a removable hollow caddy which is positioned inside the hollow area of the housing when the back door is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Inventor: Janice Evans
  • Patent number: 5690217
    Abstract: A movable laundry storage unit is provided which generally comprised of a rigid body member having a closed bottom and an open top end and defining a clothing and article storage area. A pair of wheel members are preferably attached to the bottom of the body member and handle member is attached to the back portion of the body member. The storage unit can be provided with one or more dividers for sectioning the storage area into two or more compartments. A cover member is also provided to prevent any stored clothing or articles from falling out of the storage area while the storage unit is in transit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Inventor: Sara A. Friday
  • Patent number: 5683030
    Abstract: A recycle trash collector for holding and segregating recyclable materials includes a plurality of stackable modular containers having a first door hingedly attached to a front of the containers in covering relation to an open mouth and a second smaller door hingedly attached to the first door in covering relation to a geometrically shaped opening formed in the first door. The first and second doors are structured for swinging movement between open and closed positions. The second door and the corresponding geometrically shaped opening on each container are specifically sized and shaped to identify a particular type of recyclable material and to allow the material to be deposited therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Inventors: Donald J. Moore, Gregory Sierra, Harald Hinsberg
  • Patent number: 5671861
    Abstract: A holder 20 for supporting loop-handled plastic bags 500 includes a support structure 22, two oppositely positioned cleats 28 and 30 for accepting the loop handles 506, and at least two oppositely positioned downwardly projecting fingers 36 and 40 for downwardly engaging the side portions 508 and 510 of the plastic bags 500 and thereby holding the plastic bags 500 in an open state suitable for receiving deposited items. In a preferred embodiment, cleats 28 and 30 and downwardly projecting fingers 36 and 40 are permanently connected to the mouth 26 of a wastebasket-type container 22. In an alternative embodiment, cleats 128 and 130 and downwardly projecting fingers 136 and 140 are removably connected to container mouth 126 with clips 129 and 150, and are selectively positionable along the mouth 126.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Hall, John R. Fischer
  • Patent number: 5667136
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an object collector for collecting objects in a plurality of containers, which comprises a tank body, an inlet device, a guiding device, a receiving device, and a collecting device. The tank body has a top inlet opening. The inlet device comprises a swinging plate which is pivotally and rotatably mounted, above the top inlet opening, to the upper portion of the tank body by means of a mounting device. The container and the objects thereon, which are placed on the swinging plate, may fall down from the swung down swinging plate due to the weight of the container and the objects. The guiding device comprises at least two guide rails which are mounted and extended from one side of the upper portion of the tank body toward the opposing side of the lower portion of the tank body for guiding the falling down container to slide down and toss over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignees: Shirley Chen, Therese Chen
    Inventor: Walter Chen
  • Patent number: 5662235
    Abstract: A receptacle for recyclable materials includes an outer housing with a plurality of separate containers removably held therein for receiving different types of recyclable materials, such as glass, metal, plastic and paper refuse normally encountered in a typical household. The outer housing has a removable cover with a plurality of openings therein and a separate pivotable lid closing each opening. Each opening and associated lid is in alignment with a respective container held in the housing, so that material can be placed through the openings in the cover and into the respective containers without the need for removing the cover from the housing. When one or more containers are full, the cover can be removed and the container or containers lifted out by a handle attached to the container. Provision on the housing cover of a lid for each container simplifies emptying of the individual containers when they are removed from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Inventor: Daniel Nieto
  • Patent number: 5660299
    Abstract: A two-n-one cooler including an insulated container having a bottom wall with a rear wall, a front wall, a pair of side walls and an interior wall extending upward therefrom. The front wall has a pair of front upper edges and the rear wall has a pair of rear upper edges with a passage through each rear upper edge. The pair of side walls each have a short upper edge extending from the rear wall in a horizontal plane for a portion thereof and a remaining portion sloping downward toward the front wall. The interior wall is integral with the front and rear walls and spaced from one of the pair of side walls to form two chambers within the container. The interior wall has a projecting upper edge with an aperture therethrough and adjacent each rear upper edge. A first lid has an upper surface and a lower surface with an opening therethrough and positionable over one chamber. The opening has a door positioned therein. A second lid is positionable over another chamber of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Inventor: Allen W. Harvey