Does your company or facility have a designated smoking area? Most states have laws that restrict smoking in certain areas of your workplace or public areas. This usually means that you have to put cigarette butt receptacles and signs outside of those areas in order for smokers to toss their butts away. Otherwise your maintenance department will have a mess to clean up!
There are many options to choose from when you are considering buying an ash receptacle. Do you need to put the cans inside or outside? Is there a space limitation – should they hang on the wall or be mounted to the floor? How many people do you estimate are going to use these receptacles in a given period? How often do you think your maintenance team will be emptying them?
Receptacles designed for outdoor use usually feature a top that prevents rain from getting in and are made from aluminum and stainless steel so they don’t rust. A good example of that is the Tower smoking receptacle which is weather-resistant and has a small footprint so it fits in narrow areas.
Smoking receptacles should have an oxygen-restricting design to prevent inadvertent trash fires. Some have an inner liner that is flame-resistant while others snuff out the lit cigarettes as they are disposed of. Indoor smoking urns usually have sand substitute to extinguish the discarded cigarette butts.
Lastly, make sure it’s easy for your maintenance crew to empty the butt cans! No-Mess Smoking Receptacles have a drawer that tips out while the SafeSmoker Receptacle’s tube detaches from the base to access the cigarette butt waste. Rubbermaid Infinity Wall-Mount Receptacles hold 1,000 cigarettes and has a low profile while their High-Capacity unit has a weighted base to eliminate tip-over and can handle 8,000 butts.
Positioning a smoking receptacle either at entrances to your building or in your designated smoking area helps you to keep your facility looking tidy.