Whether fitting these at your local park, on busy street corners, at taxi ranks or even on the pavement outside your home, Sephaku Cement shares top tips on DIY precast concrete litter bins for a socially conscious installation. With a growing community commitment to litter pickups and community based clean ups, precast concrete bins are an effective way to traffic litter and prevent rubbish from being carelessly dropped on the ground.

What’s more, channelling rubbish collection into precast litter bins strategically placed at cross paths with pedestrian traffic and picnicking visitors, further enables the sorting of items that can be repurposed, upcycled and recycled. Instead of assembling community members on foot to collect littered rubbish, a weekly service of your concrete bin will suffice in helping to keep your community, local park and playgrounds clean and litter free.

To follow see the Sephaku Cement top tips to moulding your own concrete litter bins that can be placed to prevent careless littering and dumping in your area.

Weighty, robust and of little monetary value, precast as semi-permanent fittings, because of the weight that concrete bins carry, placing this type of litter collection in public areas will less likely see these moved, stolen or turned over.

  • Tip 1: Made to Fit Dimensions
    Casting your own DIY concrete dustbin can be done using almost any shape or mould, however, made to fit a standard plastic refuse bag (which makes litter collection and removal much easier and more sanitary to do), the following dimensions of your homemade litter bins should be adhered to if you plan on placing a refuse bag inside.
    • Large Square Concrete Bin – 550mm x 550mm x 1000mm high and with a capacity of roughly 165 litres.
    • Outdoor Advertising Concrete bins that can be used for marketing and advertising – 700mm x 700mm x 1150mm high, with a capacity of around 320 litres (due to its height).
    • Standard Round Refuse Bin – 625mm diameter x 880mm high with less capacity of all other options measuring at 150 litres.
  • Tip 2: Finish and Appearance
    Concrete litter bins cast by professional service providers are made with different finishes that serve different purposes. Many concrete bins are cast with an exposed aggregate concrete finish which results in a rough and course exterior. This may be a better option for you if you are planning on placing these litter bins outside your home, in park or on play grounds as they are difficult to vandalise or stick unsightly posters and marketing material to. With that said however, if forming part of a community clean-up project, you could also cast your concrete bin with a smooth finish with every intent of offering marketing objectives. In doing so, by facilitating outdoor marketing, community members could use these concrete canvases to communicate awareness messages, local projects or promote events, meetings and other activities taking place in the area.
  • Tip 3: Reinforce
    When moulding your concrete community bin, reinforce your cast with a steel frame or wire mesh helping to maintain the integrity of the structure and accommodating for shrinkage and freeze thaw cracks. It’s also recommended to cast your litter bin with a small hole in the bottom of the bin to allow for liquid seepage and water waste to drain from the base.

Simple to cast and made to last, creating do-it-yourself concrete bins is an affordable means to keeping your community clean and clear from unwanted mess, pedestrian debris and harmful litter.