Georgia Tech Research Institute

Trash Slot (2 of 2)

Issue: If the trash receptacle is covered, users may have difficulty depositing trash.

A kiosk is shown.  The trash receptacle is covered with a door that must be pushed open before trash can be deposited..

The trash receptacle may be covered by a door that must be opened before trash can be deposited. Simultaneously opening the door and depositing trash may be difficult for users with upper mobility impairments. If the door mechanism is complex, or if high levels of force are required to operate it, the problems are exacerbated.

Populations Impacted: Users with upper mobility impairments.

Potential Solutions:
  • Provide an uncovered, open slot that drops into a trash container. An uncovered trash slot restricts the size of trash that can be deposited, but allows for easy, one-handed use. This avoids the problem of having to simultaneously open the cover and deposit trash, which may be difficult for users with upper mobility impairments. Care should be taken with the design and placement of the slot to ensure that it will not be confused with an input or output slot, however.

  • A kiosk is shown.  The trash receptacle is an open slot with no cover.
  • If a cover is used, ensure that the door is simple to operate with one hand. A swinging door that can be pushed in with one hand is preferable to a more complex sliding or rotating mechanism. The door should also open without excessive force (less than 5 pounds). This makes the door easier to operate for users with limited strength, and reduces the possibility of a user's hand being pinched by a closing door.

Applicable Guidelines:
ADA-ABA - 309.4
Section 508 - 1194.23(k)(2), 1194.25(c), 1194.31(f)