ESE World MD Dave Hughes on longevity and myths 

ESE World MD Dave Hughes on longevity and myths 

I’m a convert. They say converts can become somewhat evangelical about their cause. Well, we’ve produced plastic containers that are in use all over the UK and Europe. Some have been in service – without repair or modification – for 17 years. That’s a good reason to take sides especially when I read some claims made on websites in the UK. For example: “The durability of our metal waste and recycling containers ensures they’ll stand the test of time. All in all, they offer demonstrably superior whole life value against alternative metal bins and, unlike plastic equivalents they won’t need frequent replacement because of fire loss or irreparable damage (typically 30% better over a 10 year comparison).” “Our waste and recycling containers are the most durable… and, unlike their plastic equivalents, you won’t suffer the cost and inconvenience of loss to fire or irreparable damage.” I’ve not set out to rubbish metal containers or metal container manufacturers; far from it. They produce good quality products. My aim is to dispel a myth because there’s room and reason for both in the marketplace, and it’s just not the case that metal containers are superior to plastic. I have worked in the waste industry for more than 30 years and operated both municipal contracts collecting trade refuse and C&I collection depots. I used to specify metal containers rather than plastic. Why? Because there was a perception they lasted longer because the fronts didn’t bow or crack, the lifting lugs didn’t break off and, if the bin was fire damaged, a plastic container would just be a molten blob on the ground....