Title:
System for enveloping an opening to a recycle bin
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A system is disclosed for covering an opening to a recycle bin. The system includes a package containing at least one cover made of a web of material having a periphery with an endless elastic band attached thereto. Further, indicia is on the container comprising direction for using the cover to envelope the opening to the recycle bin.



Inventors:
Leyva, Josephine (South Barrington, IL, US)
Application Number:
11/022255
Publication Date:
06/22/2006
Filing Date:
12/22/2004
Primary Class:
International Classes:
B65D79/00
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Primary Examiner:
FIDEI, DAVID
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
FACTOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW GROUP, LTD. (CHICAGO, IL, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A system for enveloping an opening to a recycle bin comprising: a package; a cover within the package comprising a web of material having a periphery and an endless elastic band attached to the periphery; and, indicia on the package comprising directions for using the cover to envelop the opening to the recycle bin.

2. The system of claim 1, wherein the package is a box.

3. The system of claim 1, wherein the package is a bag.

4. The system of claim 1, wherein at least one other cover is within the package.

5. The system of claim 1, wherein the material is a polymer.

6. The system of claim 1, wherein the material is a non-polymer.

7. The system of claim 1, wherein the material is a polymer and non-polymer blend.

8. The system of claim 1, the elastic band comprising spandex.

9. The system of claim 1, the elastic band comprising rubber.

10. The system of claim 1, wherein the elastic band is attached to the web by glue.

11. The system of claim 1, wherein the elastic band is received within a collar formed, at least in part, from the web.

12. An apparatus comprising: a package; a cover within the package comprising a web of material having a periphery and an endless elastic band attached to the periphery; and, indicia on the package comprising directions for securing the cover to a recycle bin.

13. The system of claim 12, wherein the container is a box.

14. The system of claim 12, wherein the container is a bag.

15. The system of claim 12, wherein at least one other cover is within the package.

16. The system of claim 12, wherein the material is a polymer.

17. The system of claim 12, wherein the material is a non-polymer.

18. The system of claim 12, wherein the material is a polymer and non-polymer blend.

19. The system of claim 1, the elastic band comprising spandex or rubber.

20. The system of claim 1, the recycle bin adapted for holding recyclable items.

Description:

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention generally relates to covers for containers, and in particular, to a system for covering an opening to a recycle bin.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

In the accompanying drawings forming part of the specification, and in which like numerals are employed to designate like parts throughout the same:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a container comprising a recycle bin;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the container of FIG. 1, with a cover mounted over the opening of the container in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the cover of FIG. 3 removed from the container;

FIG. 4 is a bottom view of the cover of FIG. 3;

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the cover of FIG. 3, with the cover being fully expanded; and

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of a package for containing one or more of the covers depicted in FIG. 3.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

While this invention is susceptible of embodiments in many different forms, there is shown in the drawings and will herein be described in detail, preferred embodiments of the invention with the understanding the present disclosure is to be considered as an exemplification of the principles of the invention and is not intended to limit the broad aspect of the invention to the embodiments illustrated.

Reference numbers used within the FIGURES correspond to the following elements:

Reference NumberElement
10Container comprising a Recycle Bin
12Bottom of the Container
14Sidewalls to the Container
16Cavity within Container
18Top of the Container
20Opening to the Cavity
22Outer lip
24Cover
26Web of Material
28Periphery of Web of Material
30Elastic Band
32Package Containing One or More Covers
34Indicia on Package

Turning to FIG. 1, a perspective view of a container is provided. Preferably, the container 10 is a recycle bin for receiving and holding recyclable goods (not shown) such as paper, cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, and the like. The container 10 has a bottom 12 and a plurality of sidewalls 14 that form a cavity 16 for receiving the recyclable goods. Further, the top 18 of the container has a generally rectangular opening 20 to the cavity 16.

In the embodiment, the container 10 is made of plastic and the bottom 12 and sidewalls 14 are integrally connected together. Moreover, the container 10 can include an outer lip 22 that is integral to the sidewalls 14 and located about the opening 20 to the container.

As a result of the opening 20 to the container 10 not being covered, wind can blow the recyclable goods out of the container. Thus, on a windy day, the recyclable goods can be scattered over a person's yard after he or she has set the container at the end of a driveway for collection.

To address this problem, FIG. 2 depicts a cover 24 attached to the container 10 for preventing the recyclable goods from being blown out of the container. In an embodiment, the cover 24 includes a sheet or web of pliable material 26 comprising a polymer, non-polymer, or polymer and non-polymer blend. The dimensions of the material 26 are sufficiently large enough whereby the cover 24 envelops the opening 20 to the container 10. The shape of the material 26 can be rectangular, round, oval, spherical, obround, hemispherical, conical, and domed or the like.

In an embodiment, but not necessarily, the cover 24 can be a drape or cover for a surgcial kit or tray made by Microtek Medical, Inc., 512 Lehmberg Rd, Columbus, Miss.

Turning to FIGS. 3-5, the cover 24, and in particular the material 26, has an outer periphery 28 with an endless elastic band 30 attached thereto. The band 30 can be made of a material such as spandex, rubber, or the like. The band 30 can be attached to the material 26 in a conventional manner such as by gluing or the like. In an embodiment, the outer periphery 28 of the material 26 can be folded and, if desired, secured onto itself to from an endless annularly cavity or collar with the band 30 contained therein.

Turning back to FIG. 2, the elastic band 30 is attached to the container 10 such that the elastic band 30 constricts against the outer surfaces of the container sidewalls 14. In an embodiment, the elastic band 30 is positioned beneath the outer lip 22 of the container.

One or more of the covers 10 can be contained within a package 32 as shown in FIG. 6. In an embodiment, the package 32 is suitable for display in a retail store or the like. The package 32 can be a cardboard box (as shown in FIG. 6), a plastic bag, or the like. The package 32 can also include indicia 34 comprising directions or instructions for how to attach the cover 24 to a recycle bin 10.

Numerous variations and modifications of the embodiments described above may be effected without departing from the spirit and scope of the novel features of the invention. No limitations with respect to the specific system and method illustrated herein are intended or should be inferred.