1 EAGLETON NOTES: Is It Me

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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Is It Me

or is this really a rather ludicrous price for a waste bin?  I'm not generally known for being careful with money but......  And before you say anything it should technically be 'Is it I' according to Fowler but there again....

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  1. I'm assuming it's more than just a holder for waste on it's way to tip. Any ideas what it actually does?

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  2. I assumed that it was just a bin with a sensor that opened and closed the lid. Essentially that seems to be what it is:

    "simplehuman's (sic) sensor bin is a cleaner, easier way to manage your rubbish. By reacting and adapting to your behaviour, it won't open unexpectedly or close before you've finished your task.
    The trigger zone is a focused space directly above the lid. It's easy to reach when you want to use the bin, but doesn't mistakenly trigger when you walk nearby.
    Once the lid is open, the trigger zone extends to become more sensitive to activity. That way the bin is sure to know if you're still in the area, so the lid won't close before you've finished your task.
    For longer chores, like changing the liner or cleaning up after dinner, the lid conveniently stays open for an extended period. After 3 seconds of continued activity, the bin switches to a 30-second stay-open mode… even if you step away."

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    1. Now I'm all for electronic gadgets but even I'd draw the line at powering a rubbish bin! Definitely over priced; after all what's wrong with a good old fashioned pedal bin?

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    2. I can also imagine the mess you could end up in when the battery fails and you can't open the lid to empty out the rotting food!

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    3. Mark don't be silly. The lid stops open without power. Even Americans have heard of fail safe...or as they say fail to zero.

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  3. My sister got one for £39.99p from Asda. It is great. Whilst cooking you can fire rubbish at it. The rubbish hits the bin lid drops to the floor and then the lid opens. I was in serious bother. They do save on landfill, with five dogs in the kitchen there is little to pick up and put in the bin. Apparently one has to wave your hand over it till it opens. I have tried that with hand driers....I use the back of my trousers for hand drying now.

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    1. I love this idea, Adrian! If only I had a dog, I'd buy one like a shot. But I do worry about your damp trousers, especially with winter coming on.

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  4. Seems an expensive way to create unnecessary trouble. My waste bins live in a cupboard under the sink and only one of them has a lid. Of which I'm in control without magic ;) The one in the bathroom has a pedal and that's never opened or closed unexpectedly either!

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    1. I'm with you on this one Monica.

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  5. GB, I think "is it me" is perfectly acceptable. "Is it I" sounds pedantic, and we wouldn't want to be pedantic, would we?

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    1. I agree Frances. I just wanted those pedants who scrutinise our every word to know that I knew.

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  6. I have my own special recycling machine - her name is Briagha! xx

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    1. Even at £250 I think the bin would be cheaper Spesh!

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  7. Ouch! And I would need three of them I guess for our current recycling system in Christchurch. I manage with two foot pedal ones and walk the bottles etc outside. Like everybody else.
    I expect it would suit people with phobias or OCD ;) or pedantic sorts .

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    1. Fiona in NZ I have 5 recycling plastic boxes in the outside shed. Simple as. We complicate things in Europe.

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  8. Rubbish, I say rubbish to let good money go down the drain (bin)......absolute rubbish!

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    1. I couldn't agree more Virginia.

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  9. At least you could play Jedi gestures with it. "Do not try, do. Lift the lid, your mind can, hmmmm?"

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    1. I'm going into John Lewis today Katherine. I must try that. Then it might be 'They've come to take me away ha ha.'

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    2. Anyone under 40 will know Yoda-speak... you'll be safe.

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  10. It's not only an extraordinarily ludicrous price, but also the name of this wastebin makes me wonder who was paid for having come up with such an idea.
    My bins are simple white plastic ones and are hidden in the kitchen cupboard underneath the sink, along with the detergents and sponges etc. needed for cleaning. I have no idea what they cost, but I have had them from Day One in this flat, which is exactly 10 years now.

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    1. I do have one large stainless steel bin in the kitchen Meike but otherwise mine, too, are simple plastic ones underneath the kitchen sink.

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