September 4, 2009, Newsletter Issue #182: Keep Trash Lids Lightweight In Handicap Restrooms

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Choose trash receptacles with lids that donít require more than 5 pounds of force to open, especially for handicap bathrooms that need to meet ADA restroom requirements. To allow people in wheelchairs to reach the trash receptacle from both the front and side of the chair, the opening of the trash receptacle should be 15-48 inches (380-1220 mm) above the floor. Also, when considering handicap bathroom design, place trash receptacles that protrude more than 4 inches from the wall in corners or alcoves so they donít interfere with wheelchair mobility.

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