Georgia Tech Research Institute

Trash Slot (1 of 2)

Issue: Locating the trash receptacle may be difficult for some users.

A kiosk is shown.  The trash receptacle is located on the side of the machine, and is labelled only with an icon.

Some trash receptacles provide only a small slot for access (to prevent users from depositing large items); others have a door covering the opening. Not all kiosks provide trash receptacles, and on those that do, the placement of the trash receptacle varies. These factors can make it difficult for users with visual impairments to find the trash receptacle.

Populations Impacted: Users who are blind; users with low vision.

Potential Solutions:
  • Locate the trash receptacle in a logical and convenient area. For example, if the kiosk produces output that users may desire to discard, consider placing the trash receptacle in proximity to the output slot. Care should be taken, however, to ensure that the trash receptacle will not be confused with an input or output slot. Placing the receptacle on the side of the machine or low on the machine (around wastebasket height) may help differentiate it from other components.

  • A kiosk is shown.  The trash receptacle is located on the front of the machine, and is labelled with the word 'TRASH'.
  • Clearly label the trash receptacle. The trash receptacle should be clearly labeled with text, as well as with Braille or raised lettering. If possible, avoid placing tactile labels in areas that are likely to be dirty (e.g., too close to the access slot, or directly on the door covering the opening).

Applicable Guidelines:
Section 508 - 1194.31(a), 1194.31(b)
Section 255 - 1193.41(a)(2)(b), 1193.41(a)(2)(c)
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