To tackle the problem of rat access, we incorporated a base that elevates the bin by around 7”. At the same time, the base has a railing incorporated into its design that provides a leverage point for lifting during servicing. The base is also wider than the bottom of the bin to improve stability in windy situations. The shape of the trash bin itself has a parabolic curve, creating a form that’s reminiscent of a jet engine or a spacecraft. The opening has a circular section which transitions into a pentagon at the bottom. The pentagon was chosen to reference the five boroughs that make up NYC. To make servicing easier, a lip is added at the opening to hold onto while dragging the bin. At the same time, it is angled downwards, discouraging misuse of the outer limits.
After taking into account the cost of a complex metal injection mold, and the current rates for PP, our estimates are at around $110 per bin for a 20,000 unit run.