Jargon Buster – From sack holders to soft closing lids

November 20, 2019

We’ve been in the manufacturing industry for the last 50 years, so we understand the ins and outs of the sector and the terms that come with it. We also appreciate that it’s far more complicated from an outsider’s point of view, so we’ve created this handy guide to help our customers with some of our technical jargon.

Production of sackholders at Wybone began in 1973 and has grown to be one of our biggest areas of business, supplying the NHS in England and Scotland. We always call it a sack holder but you might hear it called a pedal bin or a clinical waste bin, with their main use being in healthcare environments. We offer these bins in a range of different materials, manufactured from metal, plastic or a hybrid combination of both.

If you’re unsure about our sizes, the smallest size that we offer is a 28 litre sack size which is ideal for toilets and confined spaces, the 42 litre is our medium unit which has a larger width than the 28 litre size. The 80 litre sackholder is the largest and comes up to waist height, suitable for busy wards or the A&E department where a lot of waste is being collected and emptying time is restricted.

Here are some other phrases you may have heard us mentioning and what they all mean.

Soft closing lid – Our soft closing lid is an optional extra available on most of our sackholders and can be retrofitted if required (excluding Eco Sackholders). The addition of a soft closing mechanism slows the closing of the lid therefore making it almost silent. Soft closing lids are ideal for use on wards where a quiet environment is required.

Damper – Primarily used on our all of our plastic sackholders, these dampers are used in the same way as a soft closing lid mechanism and slow the lid to close softly. The requirement for a damper makes all parts on the sackholder plastic including the nuts and bolts.

Hands free frame – A hands free frame prevents the use of the operator’s hands, restricting access to foot pedal operation only. The unit is particularly effective in combating cross infection in clinical environments.

Plastisol – We use plastisol coating for the bodies of most our sackholders, this material is plastic coated steel and is a durable choice for healthcare environments. Plastisol coating offers excellent corrosion resistance and benefits from its ability to resist impact damage and marking.

ABS grade plastic – This is a durable plastic that we use on our all plastic Capsule II. We use ABS plastic because it has a low melting point, which enables easy use in the injection moulding process and in 3D printing.

Fire retardant – All of our sackholders are rigorously fire tested prior to production to make sure they are safe for use. Our sackholders are fire tested to HTM05-03 NHS Fire Regulations, whereby the contents of the bin are set alight and demonstrate how the lid on the bin restricts any oxygen getting inside and establishing a fire.

Waste stream colours – In a healthcare environment, it’s important that the right waste goes into the right bin. Our clinical waste bins come with a choice of coloured lids and pedals which emphasise their usage.

For example, in a healthcare environment, a yellow colour is used to dispose of hazardous waste, so it’s crucial that the user sees the yellow colour before using the bin and disposing of the correct waste. Read more on why clinical waste bins are important in healthcare settings.

If you would like more information on our range of sackholders or to see a sample, feel free to give us a call on 01226 352333 or send us an email to