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Adaptation: Trash and Recycling Bin Weatherproof Cover

Adaptation, a hallmark of our Sustainable Design philosophy is reflected in the modular design of our products.  Why throw away and replace when you can adapt?

Adaptation, a key component of Sustainable Design embraced by Deepstream is the ability of our products to adapt. Adaptive Design allows for the replacement, or reworking, of components to preserve the value and materials of an earlier design.

The adaptive cover below was created for a school in California. the school was committed to recycling but also home to feisty squirrels that rummaged their bins. The result, a “weatherproof ” critter cover.

An example of adaptation, Recycling Receptacle and Trash Bin weatherproof cover crafted in 316 stainless steel by DeepStream keeps rain and animals out shown closed
Recycling Receptacle and Trash Bin cover crafted in 316 stainless steel by DeepStream keeps rain and animals out

If your top loading Audubon modern DeepStream recycling receptacle or trash bin is outside and you have raccoons, you might want to adapt your cover and lid with a low-profile slot and hasp for a lock. This also works if your neighbors are using your bin.

DeepStream builds every product as if application is in a coastal environment near salt water or out in the rain. This adaptive flap is constructed from 18-gauge 316 stainless steel whereas the lid is 16-gauge 316 stainless steel.

Adaptation, a Recycling Receptacle and Trash Bin cover crafted in 316 stainless steel by DeepStream keeps rain and animals out shown open
Recycling Receptacle and Trash Bin cover crafted in 316 stainless steel by DeepStream keeps rain and animals out

The hinged design is simple and robust, just like our bins. the low profile stainless steel piano hinge attaches to the lid with flush fasteners. A template makes it easy to adapt your existing lid with a drill and a screwdriver.

Adaptation, a DeepStream modern wood multi stream recycling bin with open weatherproof cover open outside at a school
DeepStream modern wood multi stream recycling bin with weatherproof cover

The 18-8 stainless steel handle has a standard distance between mounting holes. Should it be damaged it can be replaced at cost, as can any individual piece, through DeepStream’s Core Replacement Program. You may also customized your handles when ordering or buy a substitute wherever kitchen hardware is sold.

Adaptation, a DeepStream modern wood multi stream recycling bin with weatherproof cover open outside at a school
DeepStream modern wood multi stream recycling bin with weatherproof cover

The only compromise we have found in this design adaptation 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.

Of course the cover also works well to keep out heavy rains and snow. 

A outdoor modern combination trash bin and recycling receptacle with a weatherproof lid shown with a lot of snow on top and all around
Modern combination trash bin and recycling receptacle with a weatherproof lid