Selecting The Right Waste Container Material

Commercial Zone Blog

May 8, 2020

Selecting The Right Waste Container Material

When shopping for waste containers for your business, you consider many factors like size, budget, and how they will look both in and outside of your business. But, above all those factors, the best place to start is with the material in which your waste container is constructed.

When it’s time to shop for waste containers for your business, you’ll likely look for products that are the right size, fall within your budget and meet other criteria specific to your facility. And just as importantly, you’ll shop for waste containers that match your brand’s individual style, are built to withstand lots of use and abuse, as well as seamlessly blend in with your decor, both inside and out.

Above all factors, the best place to start when choosing the right waste container is the materials from which it’s constructed. That’s driven by several factors, including available colors, weather resistance, types of waste it will handle and its level of durability and strength. Which is also why Commercial Zone offers a full range of options and material choices in the catalog of waste containers, recycling bins, benches and windshield service centers.

Here are descriptions of 3 common materials used in Commercial Zone products:


Polyethylene is the most popular commercial plastic in the world because it’s extremely versatile and strong. Items such as milk cartons, cutting boards, shampoo bottles, children’s toys and even bulletproof vests are made from polyethylene. Commercial Zone products in the PolyTec™ series are made from environmentally friendly, recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE).

According to Creative Mechanisms, HDPE is a versatile material – one that’s robust and moderately stiff with a highly crystalline structure. Polyethylene waste containers are easy to clean with mild soap and water and are naturally resistant to UV rays, extreme cold and heat and harsh chemicals. Commercial Zone products made from polyethylene are also 100% recyclable after use, which is a win-win for the environment and your business.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a flexible and affordable alloy used in everything from jewelry to kitchenware to surgical tools to furniture to – you guessed it – waste containers and recycling bins. The corrosion and stain resisting nature of stainless steel make it low maintenance and an ideal material for many applications. Commercial Zone stainless steel waste containers are made from Type 304 stainless steel, also commonly known as 18/8 or 18/10 for its composition of 18% chromium and 8%/10% nickel, respectively.

Commercial Zone products built from stainless steel include the Precision Series®, which add a stylish touch to any color scheme or decor.

Powder-Coated Steel

Powder coating is a dry finishing process that applies finely ground particles of plastic pigment and resin over metal to form a protective coating and give the metal color. During the powder-coating process, metal is first varnished with multiple layers of the plastic finish, which is applied in powder form, and is then baked to bond to the surface.

According to Metal Supermarkets, “Powder coating offers a resilient coating to materials that need protection from corrosion. Unlike many other coating processes, powder coating is a dry coating process, which means that it is solid when applied to the base material.”

Finding the Right Material

Commercial Zone offers products in a wide variety of materials to fit the variations in brands and facilities. If you’d like to see all materials we have available for site furnishings, the product pages on our website can be filtered by material type, among other product attributes. If you have any specific questions or would like a recommendation on the type of material that best fits your budget, brand and business environment, please contact us at 800-279-5291.