Having a designated outdoor smoking area for any employees or visitors who smoke, use e-cigarettes or vape is considerate, but what is the best solution to avoid having the space constantly littered with cigarette butts?
Installing cigarette bins can help you to solve this problem – so smokers are able to de-stress while your business maintains a clean and hygienic look.
Keep reading our comprehensive guide to find out all you need to know when it comes to choosing the right cigarette bin for your workplace.
Most places that install a smoking area – including bars, clubs, warehouses and restaurants – do so away from the main entrance. This is to avoid any second-hand smoke from being inhaled by anyone passing by.
It is also important to set up the area at least 1.5 metres away from any sheltering walls or other structures. Any closer and you may risk the area becoming enclosed or substantially enclosed due to improper airflow; or smoke progressing indoors through open windows. This could cause you legal problems (see below for more on this).
With so many different cigarette bins to choose from, you need to consider how much the area will be used.
If you know that your smoking area will be used a lot, an ashtray may the best option. Ashtrays are also ideal if you are tight on space as some designs can be wall mounted. Take a look at our Wall-Mounted Metal Ashtray / Cigarette Bin which features a sloped top to prevent rain from pooling.
Or if you prefer a floor-standing option that has a higher aesthetic appeal, our Free-Standing Cigarette Bin - Flat Top may take your fancy. These cigarette bins provide you with a clean and safe way of disposing of cigarette butts and are made from stainless steel for durability.
You could also decide to tackle cigarette waste and general waste at the same time, by installing a litter bin that is fitted with an ashtray top. Examples include this Basic Metal Cigarette and Litter Bin, which is sure to keep your workplace's outdoor space neat and mess-free.
Whichever cigarette bin style you decide to go for, ensure that you select ones with a small opening and narrow design. This is to prevent excess oxygen from getting inside, so cigarette butts extinguish quickly and the risk of fire is reduced.
Whether you choose a free-standing or a wall-mounted cigarette bin, they are all very easy to install and can be fixed into place to prevent any tampering.
But, as with any kind of bin, after a while it will need emptying and cleaning. Leaving cigarette bins full for long periods of time can result in an antisocial and unhygienic look, and the smell of stale smoke and ash will become unbearable.
To avoid this, make sure that the bins are emptied regularly.
Cigarette bins can also be disinfected by using suitable cleaning agents, rinsing with water and leaving to dry before use again to prevent any smells from building up.
Are there any laws surrounding smoking areas?
Although there is no legal requirement to install an outdoor smoking area or shelter in your workplace, if many of your staff members are smokers you may benefit from one.
If you do decide to install a smoking shelter, you need to make sure that the area is not enclosed.
The Smoke-free (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2006 state that at least 50% of the area must be open for people to be able to smoke there legally.
If more than 50% of the area is occupied by walls or ceilings, then it is considered substantially enclosed and therefore smoking becomes prohibited.
Smoke Free England also states that “any buildings or structures erected must be passed by the local council who will also give guidance on their suitability under the law.”
We hope that you have found this guide helpful when choosing the right cigarette bin for your business. They are a great way to keep your outdoor areas looking clean and professional while keeping any smokers in your workplace happy.
If you have any questions on cigarette bins, or any other product from our website, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly and knowledgeable staff who will be more than happy to help.