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Trash and Litter

The great news is that the most demanding routine task is emptying the trash cans. Skaters go through a lot of water, and the empty bottles pile up in the trash and recycling bins quickly. When the bins are full, the bottles accumulate around its base and elsewhere in the facility. Every 10,000 square feet of skateboarding space should have at least two trash receptacles: one near the entrance and one where skaters are most likely to sit when they are taking a break. A good rule of thumb is to install one trash can for every 5,000 square feet of skatepark, placed strategically around the facility wherever bottles are likely to accumulate.

A water fountain in the vicinity can decrease the demands on trash cans as less water needs to be brought to the park.

Trash receptacles should be open-topped or open-faced so that direct physical contact isn’t necessary. (Most skaters are teenagers and, as a result, not traditionally inspired by cleanliness.) Containers with a flared top are optimal as they help contain overflow. Swinging lids should be avoided.

Trash receptacles should be anchored. Skaters love challenges and have been known to pull cans into the skating space to serve as an ad-hoc obstacle.

Communities have been known to employ local volunteer groups for some routine trash removal, although it is uncommon.