Plastic 1100Ltr Waste Container Vs Steel 1100Ltr Waste Container - A Hot Topic?


Purchase cost is an easy way to make a decision on what’s the right type of container for your company - but does that logic stand up to hard scrutiny?

You may think we are biased however we are not as we sell both Plastic 1100Lt Waste Containers and Steel 1100Ltr Waste Containers. When it comes to comparing the cost of a plastic container to a steel container we think the most important choice is “flaming” obvious.

Fire is no respecter of lives or property. Therefore fire damage must be a driving factor when considering which waste containers are suitable for your customer’s business. The choice is stark — Steel bins have the ability to contain the fire source whereas plastic containers become part of the blaze. So which container should be on your client’s sites?

Plastic Bin v Steel Bin


During independent testing carried out by Warrington Fire Research Centre a Taylor 1100 and a plastic 1100 were filled with identical amounts of flammable waste and set alight. The differences between the two were startling. The plastic unit for example generated five and a half times more heat during the test and an incredible EIGHT AND HALF times more smoke. The research centre also noted that the Taylor container actually helped to contain the fire (which burned out in less than 30 minutes) whereas the plastic container quickly became part of the blaze itself, and once crumpled, led to further spread of flames.

Proof in practice? Look at this picture from Lancaster University following a recent fire in the bin store. The fire, which actually started in a plastic container, rapidly spread and eventually consumed every bin in the store; except the steel bin. The Taylor steel container not only survived the inferno but was back in service within weeks. This is due to the added advantage of our refurbishment programme where the container can be re-sprayed and restored.

We are often asked “is steel more expensive”? Well, no actually. Steel containers are often perceived as being more expensive than plastic but that’s only on day one when they arrive in the depot. The true cost over the life of the containers tells a different story as the durability of steel easily beats any plastic container.

Taylor Steel Container can, on average, continue to operate for at least 10 years in a rigorous environment whereas a plastic container in a similar setting may only last 3 years. This means that you would have to purchase four plastic bins for every Taylor steel container. The initial purchase differential is quickly eroded by the higher attrition rate. Also the Taylor containers can be quickly refurbished (at our purpose built facility) which further extends their lifespan as well as guaranteeing operational safety.

Steel—as with any comparison we should “never judge a book by its cover”.

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