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Shopping Cigarette Receptacles?
Proper disposal of cigarette ashes and butts in public places is no longer the exception
- it's the rule. Encourage smokers to smoke only in designated smoking areas by installing
cigarette receptacles in your facility. Placing the right cigarette receptacle in the proper location
is your best guarantee that cigarette butts wind up in the receptacle, and not as litter on the ground.
"Proper disposal of cigarette
ashes and butts in public places is no longer the exception - it's the rule."
Fortunately, the days of utilitarian, unattractive ash urns with few options have
given way to new materials and inventive, colorful designs. Now it's easy to find the perfect
cigarette receptacle for your situation and location: indoor or outdoor, free-standing or wall-mount,
public or private.
Cigarette receptacles can be grouped into three main categories:
1. Ash Urns (Butt Urns)
Free-Standing and Attachment
Cigarette ash urns have open trays filled with sand, silica pebbles or similar
material. While they are typically stand alone units, they are also often attached to the side
of a trash receptacle. Lit cigarette butts are quickly extinguished as a result from the
diminished oxygen supply as the burning end is submerged into the fill sand or silica pebbles.
The urn also provides a visible and easily identifiable safe collection point for the discarded ashes
and finished cigarette butts.
3. Ash/Trash Receptacle
Cigarette Ash Urn & Trash Receptacle
Also quite common are combination cigarette ash/butt urns and trash receptacles. The standard design is
an exposed ash urn on top of the receptacle, with openings more specifically for trash. Combination units come
in a variety of sizes and shapes, the most common being large-capacity trash receptacles for indoor and
2. Smokers Station
Cigarette Butt Receptacle
Free-Standing and Wall-Mounted
Newer design cigarette ash/butt receptacles feature the most inventive ways to dispose of cigarette
ashes and butts. These come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and construction materials, each with unique designs to
snuff out, dispose of, and extinguish cigarette butts.
The major features most locations demand are high-volume, weather resistance, and ease of use.
Understanding these demands, as well as additional design features of various styles of cigarette receptacles, will
aid you in purchasing the right model to meet your locations' particular requirements.
Butt Disposal Slot
Discouraging undesirable waste from being disposed of into the cigarette receptacle should not
be overlooked. Undesirable waste materials present potential clogging and flammability issues. One popular method
to help prevent this activity is to engineer the disposal slot design so it is just big enough to allow cigarette waste to
enter, but not too small discourage use.
Additional enhancements developed for the disposal opening are snuff
screens, which provide a safe and hygienic target to extinguish cigarettes. The screen
minimizes smoldering and increases proper insertion of cigarette waste into the receptacle that results in a cleaner look
and more attractive smoking area overall.
Smokers have a tendency to not fully extinguish their cigarette butts before
discarding them into a receptacle. This can lead to potential fire hazards in and around
smoking areas. Smoking receptacle designs use several engineering tactics to combat this potential
threat. Fire has three contributing factors heat, fuel and oxygen. Take away any one of the
three and a fire can not exist. The most feasible principle to control is the restriction of oxygen
The common use of sand in ash urns provides a rather nice
aesthetic but more importantly acts an ideal suffocation medium. The classic wall mounted ashtrays have
self-closing snap shut lids that work by limiting the supply of oxygen within the tray collection
canister. Smokers Stations
implement the use of airflow physics in the design by forcing oxygen up and out the narrow
neck away from the collection pail.
Keeping the collection tray/pail free of flammable debris is an effective way
to reduce potential fuel sources. Providing a nearby trash receptacle encourages proper
disposal–this is where the Ash/Trash combination receptacles proves it merits. The disposal
opening of most Smokers Stations addresses this issue by limiting the size of the opeining, as with
more recent model design, with the implementations of snuffer screens that physically screen out unwanted waste.
Maintenance of cigarette receptacles can play a vital role in the safety of a
smoking area. Eventually the receptacle must be emptied, and maintenance capabilities will help
dictate the best type of receptacle for the area. High volume areas may require a higher rate
maintenance frequency or maybe larger capacity receptacles. Some receptacles are available
with a trap door for easy access to the collection pail, others offer easy disassembly or
simple cap removal to gain access for waste removal. Ash urn sand can be sifted through to
retrieve waste and then reused.
The major idea is to encourage proper cigarette waste disposal to keep the
smoking area ash and butt free, but also minimize unwanted flammable waste to reduce the chance
of fire hazard.
Portability, Stability & Security
With the evolving changes in smoking laws, smoking areas are
becoming more and more prevalent in and around public access areas. Places where
smokers congregate can vary depending upon the facility. Each various situation will
obviously have a direct effect on the requirements for the cigarette receptacle. Some
environments may require the receptacle to be versatile and have mobility; others might need
to be weighted down, while some could require a complete and total lock down.
Most cigarette receptacle options available in today's market are light
weight aside from those made from concrete. Manufactures have built-in features for those
who want a little more tipping resistance with options varying from a molded in brick cradle
to accessorial hardware hold down kits.
Multiple useful accessories are available to enhance several aspects of most
cigarette receptacles from easier maintenance to safeguarding against theft or even better, odor control.
Steel collection pails in a size and capacity to match the
cigarette receptacle are available as part of the unit, and as replacement pieces.
Odor-Absorbing & Fire Suppressing Filters
Some cigarette receptacle collection pails accommodate a filter, which fits inside
the pail. This filter uses a combination of baking soda (odor control) and release of CO2 (fire suppression).
Disposable Bucket Liners
Just twist, tie, and toss these fire resistant poly liner bags specially designed for
use inside a smokerstation.
Some receptacles have designated spaces for attaching signage. "No Smoking", "Smoking Area" and
"Thank You" direct smokers to the receptacle. Custom-made signs and logos can help reinforce your brand or establishment.
Weight Ring, Security Cables, and Bolt-Down Hardware
All of these accessories assist the cigarette receptacle in maintaining its proper
location, whether it be resisting the strong forces of Mother Nature or just some local ruffians.
Focusing on smoking purely from the safety
and litter control aspects will continue to be a prevalent consideration future. Providing the right kind of receptacles and
making it easy for smokers to comply with proper disposal will not only help maintain a litter free smoking area, but it will
provide safety. Manufactures have developed a wide selection to meet just about any specific requirements. Three major
factors to consider when installing a cigarette receptacle are as follows:
1. Balance Volume vs Capacity & Maintenance Frequency
How many smokers will be using the area will equate to a certain volume of
cigarette waste, thus requiring the waste be cleared at a balanced rate. The frequency of
maintenance required will also greatly depend upon the capacity of your cigarette receptacle(s).
2. Visibility & Convenience
Placement of cigarette receptacles plays a vital role in the success of compliance.
Local regulation may require certain distances from doorways or windows, but it's important to make sure smokers
can still locate the receptacles to ensure butts don't end up on the ground. Color can also be a
way to attract attention, and quantity can drive the message home. These considerations will
determine the success of compliance, thus resulting in a safe, litter free smoking area.
3. Environmental Issues
How windy or rainy is the smoking area? What is the likelihood of unwanted waste
collection? What is the potential for vandalism in the area? The answers to these
questions could help determine if the cigarette receptacle needs a security cable or just be
weighted down with a brick. Considering the environment of a smoking area will ensure a longer
life for a cigarette receptacle and help save some money.