A Scottish airport’s revamped entrance plaza, designed as a welcoming space for passengers, has been given a decorative final touch – in the shape of four blast-resistant litter bins.
Previously, anyone wanting to dispose of rubbish outside the airport had to use a series of clear plastic bags hanging from black frames spaced out across the plaza.
They had been the best solution ever since, in common with many other public spaces and major UK transport destinations, the airport removed its conventional bins because of the danger of them being used to conceal an explosive device.
However, although this risk was averted, the bags were far from ideal, because they could easily be overlooked by passengers searching for somewhere to dispose of their rubbish.
In response, earlier his year the airport recently invested in four blast-resistant litter bins manufactured and supplied by Securiscape.
Boasting a capacity of 110 litres, the bins contain a thick concrete core which offers exceptional blast mitigation and achieved the highest score possible when subjected to a controlled test at a Government-approved facility.
It means that if an explosive device is planted in the bin and detonated, all of the resultant blast would shoot straight up into the air.
Mark Stone, managing director of Securiscape said: “It may seem like a minor issue, but so often passengers at airports and railway stations complain about the lack of litter bins.
“The introduction of clear plastic bags has been an effective alternative, but they look unsightly and they aren’t always noticeable, which defeats the object of having them.
“We understand that the installation of our bins has been a success and we’re extremely happy to be able to offer the UK industry a viable alternative to clear plastic bags, ensuring that everyone is able to keep our railway station and airports litter-free without unsightliness or danger to lives and property.”
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