by: Russ Amott [ ]
Changes in awareness in the modern world have led to a number of new features in the typical urban setting. Alternate fuel, mass transportation, electric cars, and new ways of collecting and sorting waste for recycling. To be honest, I had never heard of containers of this type before, but online searching produced a number of images from across Europe of large recycling containers, color coded for the sorting of waste materials.
PlusModel, in keeping with the times, now offers a set of sorted waste containers for those modelers looking to add something different to their diorama.
The set contains just 10 pieces in resin, plus a small etch fret. Each sort bin is made up of a base, container body, top bar and two lifting rings, plus a two part opening representing a rubber flap. Instructions are in simple line drawing form. There is a decal sheet with markings in Czech for white or clear glass and colored glass, and English for plastic, metal and paper. There are also the triangular recycling symbols. As near as I was able to determine, this type of container is referred to as a "bell" container, and can be made of either fiberglass or plastic. It appears to be of approx. 1500 liter capacity and stands about 1.8 meters tall.
Removing the base and body from their resin pour blocks was fairly simple. There are seam lines running down both sides of the container, but the actual items made from plastic also appear to have a seam. The top bar and lifting rings are on a separate small pour tab and removing the rings does take some care to get them off without breaking. To fit the rings into the top bar I had to drill out the locator holes. The included picture shows the ring base extending up from the plate, but photos online of similar containers show the ring against the top bar.
The only color guide is from the card insert which shows orange for metal and green for the colored glass. Again, based on online references, white is used for white or clear glass containers, green for colored glass, orange or red for metal, blue for paper, yellow for plastic, brown for biodegradable kitchen waste. Different countries may have a different system, so the symbol on each container is essential for identifying the type of waste to go in.
Lacking in the decals are the large instruction diagrams normally seen on Czech containers. The decal sheet as a whole seems limiting with the lettering. I don't know what specific bin it is supposed to represent; though I saw several similar online, I did not find an exact match.
I did very much like the two part flap cover for the opening as the etch parts can be bent or formed to show old or damaged flaps.
PlusModel has this set listed at $19.40 US at their site, which seems a little steep and may discourage potential buyers from such an unusual accessory choice.