Fire-Rated Bin Stores

metroSTOR QF (Available From June 2021)

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With fire prevention organisations such as the FPA and CFPA-E recommending that bins should not be stored within six metres of any building opening such as doors, windows, ventilation ducts or exposed soffits and fascias, a solution was needed to reduce risk in situations where this safety distance is impossible to achieve. metroSTOR QF is being developed as a unique fire rated bin store to address this need, designed with architectural flair that accompanies its functional strengths.

metroSTOR QF is designed from the ground up as a fire rated bin store. The self-closing bin loading door, that’s easy for all residents to use while still maintaining integrity, can incorporate various aperture inserts to reduce contamination of recycling waste. All joints, vents and the door hopper opening are sealed with intumescent seals designed to prevent the escape of flame or smoke in the event of a fire.

The unit access door is also fitted with a self-closing mechanism and a slam lock system that accommodates euro cylinder profile locks. metroSTOR QF units are clad in single colour Anthracite Grey as standard with a corner feature panel coloured to suit the waste container type for ease of recognition in operation.

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Most waste materials ignite easily, burn fiercely and give off large volumes of noxious fumes. Within a communal housing environment this risk often presents itself where internal bin rooms or chutes are not adequately protected against fire and smoke. This can necessitate costly upgrades to achieve compliance and many landlords at this point consider changing to external storage, particularly as this also helps reduce the blockages and lack of recycling that frequently plague blocks fitted with chutes.

Fire risk is also commonly identified where the refuse storage provision has become inadequate due to current volumes of waste or a change to containerisation instead of sack collections, typically leading to unsecured bins outside dwellings and accumulations of side waste which are of course arson triggers in themselves.

To help combat waste and recycling bin fires, fire prevention organisations such as the FPA and CFPA-E recommend that bins should not be stored within six metres of any building opening such as doors, windows, ventilation ducts or exposed soffits and fascias. If this safety distance is impossible to achieve, they should be stored in a structure providing 30 minutes fire resistance. They should also be secured in place to prevent being moved closer to the building.

metroSTOR QF fire rated bin stores, with a regular maintenance and inspection plan in place, reduce fire risk where bin stores need to be sited within the recommended safety distance.