New DuraLatch designed to defy gravity for residential waste collection
Toter, a Wastequip brand, and a leading manufacturer of two-wheel carts for curbside collection of waste, recycling, and organics, has announced the launch of DuraLatch. This simple-to-use latch stands up to rain, wind gusts up to 65 mph, pesky critters and the day-to-day abuse of curbside waste collection. Fully compatible with automated waste collection trucks, DuraLatch features gravity-based functionality, meaning the lid opens automatically when the garbage truck tips and empties the cart. It then latches when the cart is set back down on the curb. DuraLatch not only meets the collector’s need for automatic opening at dumping, but is also user-friendly, allowing the lid to be opened with just one finger. An audible “click” lets users know when the lid is securely shut.
Like all Toter products, the DuraLatch is engineered for superior toughness. The DuraLatch protects cart contents from rain, moisture and Mother Nature with it’s secure latching capability.
Toter’s new DuraLatch is packed with industry-leading features:
- Fully compatible with automated waste collection trucks
- Gravity-based functionality-opens automatically when garbage truck tips and empties the cart and then latches when it’s set back down on the curb
- Stands up to the forces of Mother Nature (withstands wind gusts up to 65 mph)
- User-friendly- can be opened with one finger; it clicks when it locks
- Protects cart contents from rain and moisture
“As the industry landscape evolves – particularly in regard to residential collection – new product development has to adapt,” said Jim Pickett, vice president of sales for Toter. “Until now, carts could be cumbersome when used for automated curbside collection without gravity-based functionality and couldn’t handle exposure to wind without a latching mechanism to keep its contents secure. There was a real need in the marketplace for a cost-effective and better-engineered lid latch, and Toter’s DuraLatch meets this need for our customers,” added Pickett.
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