Title:
Attachable trash bag storage and dispensing mechanism and trash container
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The present invention is a trash container having a trash bag liner storage and dispensing system. The trash container has a wall surrounding an interior of the trash container and an opening at a top of the container. A pad of trash bag liners is placed in an upright position within the interior of the trash container. The trash bag liners are overlaid over each other and preferably held together by one or more binders. A securing device or devices are affixed to the inner side of the trash container rim. Alternatively, the securing device or devices may be integrated into the trash container. The pad has an attaching device or devices removably securing the pad to the rim of the trash container. The pad is positioned within the indented section of the interior of the integrated trash container and a trash bag liner is detached from the pad and deployed within the interior of the trash container. When the plurality of trash bag liners within a pad are completely utilized, the top portion of the pad may be removed and discarded and a new pad inserted.



Inventors:
Tamez, Daniel C. (Plano, TX, US)
Application Number:
11/399777
Publication Date:
10/11/2007
Filing Date:
04/07/2006
Primary Class:
International Classes:
B65D25/14
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Primary Examiner:
KIRSCH, ANDREW THOMAS
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Diaz and Associates (McKinney, TX, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A trash container having a trash bag liner dispensing system, the trash container comprising: a trash container having a wall surrounding an interior of the trash container and an opening at a top of the container; a pad having a plurality of trash bag liners, the trash bag liners overlaying each other; and means for removably attaching the pad to the trash container; whereby the pad is positioned upright within the interior of the trash container and a trash bag liner is at least partially detached from the pad and deployed within the interior of the trash container.

2. The trash container of claim 1 wherein the trash bag liner is deployed from within the interior by detaching a front portion of the trash bag liner from the pad and wrapping the front portion over a portion of a rim of the trash container.

3. The trash container of claim 1 wherein the trash bag liner is deployed from the interior by detaching the entire trash bag liner from the pad and wrapping the top of the trash bag liner over a rim of the trash container.

4. The trash container of claim 1 wherein the pad includes a perforation line connecting each trash bag liner to a top portion of the pad to facilitate the removal of each trash bag liner from the top portion of the pad.

5. The trash container of claim 1 wherein a banded section is located at the top of the pad to bind the trash bag liners together and includes at least one articulation line to allow the banded section to conform to the shape of the wall of the trash container.

6. The trash container of claim 5 wherein the wall is curved and the banded section conforms to a curvature of the wall.

7. The trash container of claim 5 wherein the wall includes planar sides and the banded section includes a plurality of articulation lines to allow the banded section to bend perpendicularly.

8. The trash container of claim 1 wherein the trash container includes an indented section within the interior of the trash container for housing the pad of trash bag liners.

9. The trash container of claim 8 wherein the indented section includes a raised side of the wall to allow a trash bag liner to be partially detached from the pad and wrapped over a portion of the rim of the container on an opposite side from the pad in a flush position when the pad is positioned within the interior of the trash container.

10. The trash container of claim 1 wherein the means for removably attaching the pad to the trash container includes at least one removable clip attached to the top of the container and the pad being secured to at least one of the removable clips.

11. The trash container of claim 1 wherein the means for removably attaching the pad to the trash container includes a securing device on a rim of the trash container and an attachment device positioned at the top of the pad and affixed to a rear surface of the pad, the attachment device being attached to the securing device of the trash container to secure the pad in an upright position to the interior of the trash container.

12. The trash container of claim 1 wherein the trash container includes a trash liner capture unit for retaining at least a portion of the trash bag liner against the inner side of the rim of the trash container.

13. The trash container of claim 12 wherein the trash liner capture unit hides the trash bag liner affixed to the rim of the trash container.

14. The trash container of claim 1 wherein the plurality of trash bag liners are bound together by at least one binder.

15. The trash container of claim 14 wherein the binder includes a means for attaching the pad within the trash container in an upright position.

16. The trash container of claim 1 wherein the trash container includes at least one securing device positioned within the top side of the trash container.

17. The trash container of claim 1 wherein the plurality of trash bag liners are bound together by a fastening means.

18. A trash bag dispensing device for use on a trash container, the trash bag dispensing device comprising: a pad having a plurality of trash bag liners, the trash bag liners overlaying each other; and means for removably attaching the pad to the trash container; whereby the pad is positioned upright within the interior of the trash container and a trash bag liner is at least partially detached from the pad and deployed within the interior of the trash container.

19. The trash bag dispensing device of claim 18 wherein the means for removably attaching the pad to the trash container includes a securing device affixed to an inner side of the rim of the trash container and the pad having an attaching device securing the pad to the rim of the trash container.

20. The trash bag dispensing device of claim 18 wherein the trash bag liner is deployed from within the interior by detaching a front portion of the trash bag liner from the pad and wrapping the front portion over a section of a rim of the trash container.

21. The trash bag dispensing device of claim 18 wherein the plurality of trash bag liners are bound together by at least one binder.

22. The trash container of claim 21 wherein the binder includes a means for attaching the pad to the rim of the trash container.

23. The trash bag dispensing device of claim 21 wherein the binder is located at the top of the pad and includes at least one articulation line to allow the binder to conform to the shape of the wall of the trash container.

24. The trash bag dispensing device of claim 18 wherein the means for removably attaching the pad to the trash container includes securing devices positioned on the rim of the trash container and the pad being attached to the securing devices.

25. The trash bag dispensing device of claim 18 wherein the means for removably attaching the pad to the trash container includes attaching the pad directly to the rim of the trash container.

26. A trash container having a trash bag liner dispensing system, the trash container comprising: a trash container having a wall surrounding an interior of the trash container and an opening at a top of the container; a pad having a plurality of trash bag liners, the trash bag liners overlaying each other; and a securing device affixed to an inner side of the rim of the trash container and the pad having an attaching device removably securing the pad to the rim of the trash container; and an indented section located within the interior of the trash container for housing the pad of trash bag liners; whereby the pad is positioned within the indented section of the interior of the trash container and a trash bag liner is at least partially detached from the pad and deployed within the interior of the trash container.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

This invention relates to garbage systems. Specifically, the present invention relates to a dispenser of trash bags attached or integrated into a trash container.

2. Description of the Related Art

The use of trash containers to collect trash has been in use for many years. To facilitate the gathering of trash, trash bag liners are used to line the interior of the trash container. These trash bags provide several advantages to a person. First, the container is protected from dirt or liquids which may damage or soil the interior of the trash container. Second, the trash collected in the trash container may be easily removed without lifting the trash container. Although the use of trash bags has provided a convenience to users, there are problems associated with using the trash bags. The trash bags are normally stowed in a box located away from the trash container. The user must remove one trash bag from the box and insert the bag into the interior of the trash container. However, the box of trash bags is oftentimes located in a different and remote location from the trash container. Additionally, positioning the bag within the interior of the trash container can be difficult and cumbersome to the user. An apparatus is needed which allows the storage of a multitude of trash bags within the trash container and allows easy attachment and removal from the trash container. The apparatus should allow the storage of a plurality of trash bags in a simple and convenient location within the trash container for the user.

Although there are no known prior art teachings of an apparatus or system such as that disclosed herein, prior art references that discuss subject matter that bears some relation to matters discussed herein are U.S. Pat. No. 5,671,847 to Pedersen et al. (Pedersen), U.S. Pat. No. 6,824,005 to Ashinhurst, and U.S. Patent Application Publication Number 2002/0096523 to Pyles (Pyles).

Pedersen discloses a trash bag dispenser in the form of a pouch. The pouch has an adhesive strip on the bottom for mounting to the bottom of the interior of a trash container and an opening to provide access on the top to provide access to a continuous strip of trash can liners which are folded in an accordion like manner within the pouch. Although Pedersen discloses storing a plurality of trash bags in a container, Pedersen does not teach or suggest attaching the bags onto the rim of the trash container. Pedersen suffers from the disadvantage of requiring the user to pull the bags from the bottom of the interior of the container, which may be difficult for the user. Additionally, Pedersen does not provide a simple and economical way of storing the bags within the container. The bags disclosed in Pedersen must be stored in accordion-like fashion at the bottom of the container.

Ashinhurst discloses an automatic lining refuse container device for use in providing a method for holding and replacing trash liners from within a trash can. The device includes a plurality of trash bags stored in a bottom portion of the interior of the trash can upon a spindle. Ashinhurst also discloses a device which stores trash bags in the container. However, Ashinhurst discloses storing the trash bags at the bottom of the trash can, which may be difficult for a user to access. Additionally, Ashinhurst utilizes a complicated and costly spindle system for storing the trash bags.

Pyle discloses a replacement liner dispenser add-on unit for use in storing replacement liners for lining a refuse container. The add-on unit forms a bezel to fit to the rim of a refuse container. Pyle discloses attaching the replacement liners adjacent the rim of the container. But Pyle does not teach or suggest a means for easily lining the interior of the container with the replacement liner. The user must remove the trash bag liner from the add-on device and then place the bag in the interior of the trash container.

Currently, there are no devices on trash containers for storing trash bags in an upright position within the interior of the trash container and allowing easy access and attachment to the trash container. An apparatus is needed which enables the attachment of a plurality of bags in an easily accessible and deployable manner within the interior of the trash container.

Thus, it would be a distinct advantage to have an easily accessible bundle of bags which are simple to use and configured for easy set up within the interior of the trash container. It is an object of the present invention to provide such an apparatus. Additionally, it is an object of the present invention to provide a trash container designed for storing trash bags on the interior wall while providing convenient access and setup of a new trash liner within the trash container.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In one aspect, the present invention is a trash container designed for incorporating a trash bag liner storage and dispensing system. The trash container includes a wall surrounding an interior of the trash container and an opening at a top of the container. The trash container also includes a pad having a plurality of trash bag liners. The trash bag liners overlay each other and are held together by a banded section. The pad is removably attached to the trash container. The pad is positioned in an upright position within the interior of the trash container and a trash bag liner is pulled from the pad and deployed within the interior of the trash container.

In another aspect, the present invention is a trash bag storage and dispensing device for use on a conventional trash container. The trash bag dispensing device includes a pad having a plurality of trash bag liners. The trash bag liners overlay each other and are held together by a banded section. The pad is removably attached to the trash container. The pad is positioned in an upright position within the interior of the trash container and a trash bag liner is pulled from the pad and deployed within the interior of the trash container.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of an integrated trash container in a first embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a front perspective view of a plurality of trash bag liners in a pad;

FIG. 3 is a rear view of the pad of FIG. 2;

FIG. 4 is a front perspective view of the pad having a plurality of trash bag liners inserted into the indented section of the integrated trash container;

FIG. 5 is a front perspective view of the trash container with the trash bag liner lining the interior of the trash container of FIG. 4;

FIG. 6 is a front perspective view of a plurality of trash bag liners detached from the banded section;

FIG. 7 illustrates the integrated trash container in an alternate embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 8 is a rear view of the pad in another embodiment for attachment to the integrated or conventional trash container;

FIG. 9 is a side view of the hook binder;

FIG. 10 is a front view of the attachment receiving unit for use on a conventional trash container;

FIG. 11 is a rear view of the attachment receiving unit of FIG. 10;

FIG. 12 illustrates a front perspective view of the receiver unit of an integrated trash container;

FIG. 13A is a front perspective view of the integrated trash container having a trash liner capture unit located on a lip in an open position;

FIG. 13B illustrates the trash liner capture unit in the closed position

FIG. 14 illustrates an exploded perspective view of the capture section having a plurality of attachment devices;

FIG. 15 illustrates the trash liner capture unit in the closed position;

FIG. 16 is a front perspective view of the trash container having a trash liner capture unit in an alternate embodiment;

FIG. 17 illustrates a partial front perspective view of the capture unit of FIG. 16;

FIG. 18 illustrates a front perspective view of a trash bag liner affixed to the trash container with the front half portion of the trash liner retained by the trash liner capture unit of FIG. 16;

FIG. 19 is a front perspective view of a conventional trash container in another alternate embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 20 is a front view of the pad having a plurality of button binders for use with the conventional trash container of FIG. 19;

FIG. 21 is a top perspective view of the pad of FIG. 20;

FIG. 22 is an enlarged side view of the button binder of FIG. 20;

FIG. 23 is a front enlarged view of the securing device;

FIG. 24 is a rear enlarged view of the securing device of FIG. 23;

FIG. 25 is a front perspective view of the trash container utilizing clips in an alternate embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 26A is a front perspective view of the securing devices for use on the conventional trash container;

FIG. 26B is a rear perspective view of the securing devices of FIG. 26B illustrating an adhesive surface and a removable cover;

FIG. 27 is a front perspective view of the trash container utilizing the securing devices of FIG. 26 in an alternate embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 28 is a rear view of the hook mechanisms utilized to secure the pad to the conventional trash container;

FIG. 29 illustrates a rear view of the pad FIG. 2 without the binder;

FIG. 30 illustrates a side view of the banded section of FIG. 2 with one binder impeded though the banded section; and

FIG. 31 is a front topside perspective view of the hook mechanism of the binder of FIG. 3.

DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

An integrated trash can and trash can liner storage and dispensing system as well as an attachable mechanism for dispensing trash bag liners from within a conventional trash container are disclosed. FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of an integrated trash container 10 having a wall 12 surrounding an interior 14, an opening 16 located at the top of the container, and a plurality of securing devices 18 incorporated into a rim 20 of the trash container in a first embodiment of the present invention. The trash container is specifically designed to hold a trash liner dispensing unit. A portion of the trash container includes an indented section 22. The dotted line 24 depicts where the rim would normally run without the indented section 22. The securing devices may be incorporated in any fashion to the rim 20. As depicted in FIG. 1, the securing devices are spaced along the length of the rim. However, it should be understood that the securing devices may be positioned and numbered as desired to provide for adequate securing of a plurality of trash bags to the rim of the trash container.

FIG. 2 is a front perspective view of a plurality of trash bag liners 30 in a pad 32. The trash bag liners are held together at a banded section 34. The pad is constructed in a similar fashion as a notepad wherein the banded section of the pad may be utilized to hold the plurality of trash bag liners together. In addition, the banded section may include a plurality of binders 37 for securing the plurality of liners aligned on top of each other. Each liner includes a perforation line 36 allowing the easy tear away removal of each liner from the banded section of the pad. Each liner is conventional in configuration and is typically constructed of a plastic material and includes a cinch top 61.

FIG. 3 is a rear view of the pad 32 of FIG. 2. A plurality of hook mechanisms 40 may optionally be affixed to the back of each binder 37. The hook mechanism includes a base section 42 affixed to the rear of each binder on the backside of the pad. A hook 44 extending out and down from the base is utilized to attach to the securing devices. In this embodiment, the hook mechanism preferably equals the number of securing devices. In addition, the hook mechanisms are placed opposite and corresponding to the securing devices located on the rim of the integrated or conventional trash container. Alternately, where the securing device is one continuous device, the hook mechanism may also be continuous.

FIG. 29 illustrates a rear view of the pad 32 without the binder 37. As shown in FIG. 29, the banded section 34 includes a plurality of apertures 41 for which the binders 37 fit within. FIG. 30 illustrates a side view of the banded section 34 with one binder 37 impeded though the banded section. The binder may be utilized to bind the plurality of trash bag liners 30 together. Alternatively, the binder may perform the function of holding an attachment mechanism for attaching the back portion of the pad to the rim of the trash container without binding the plurality of trash bag liners together. The binder includes a cap portion 43 on one side and the hook mechanism 40 on the other side. FIG. 31 is a front topside perspective view of the hook mechanism 40 of the binder 37.

FIG. 4 is a front perspective view of the pad 32 having a plurality of trash bag liners 30 inserted within the integrated trash container 10. The pad 10 is aligned within the indented section 22. Thus, the pad covers a portion of the interior 14 of the trash container, preferably half of the circumference of the trash container's interior. The banded section 34 and pad 32 is attached by inserting the hook 44 of the hook mechanism 40 located on the back of the pad into the groove 52 of an opposing securing device 18. The hook mechanism includes the hook being biased inward to hold the pad in place within the groove and against the extension 54 of the securing device 18. As depicted in FIG. 4, the indented section preferably includes a raised rim 53 along the portion of the indented section 22. The trash bag liner is then aligned with the opposite side of the rim 20 of the trash container. The indented section and raised rim allow the pad with trash bag liners to align flush within the integrated trash container.

FIG. 5 is a front perspective view of the trash container 10 with the trash bag liner 30 lining the interior 14 of the trash container of FIG. 4. The front portion of the trash bag liner 30 is detached from the pad 32 by tearing the front portion of the bag liner at the perforation line 36 and pulling it forward from the pad. The front portion of the bag liner is then attached to the opposite side of the rim (opposite of the indented section 22) by positioning the top part of the bag liner over the rim of the trash container. The trash bag liner is then used in a conventional manner to line the interior of the trash container. The trash bag liner is held in place within the interior of the trash bag container by the pad on the back half side of the bag liner and the rim on the front half side of the trash container. FIG. 6 is a front perspective view of a plurality of trash bag liners detached from the banded section.

With reference to FIGS. 1-6, the operation of the present invention will now be explained. The pad 32 which has a plurality of trash bag liners 30 is inserted in a vertical position within the indented section 22 of the trash container 10. In one embodiment, the banded section 34 may include a plurality of articulation lines 60 (see FIG. 28) which allows the banded section to bend and conform to the curvature of the wall 12 of the trash container. The pad is attached to the trash container at the indented section 22. The pad may be attached by any means, however, in the one embodiment, the hook mechanism 40 affixed to the back of the binders 37 of the pad is inserted into opposing securing devices 18 located on the rim within the indented section 22. The hook of each hook mechanism is positioned and held within the groove 52 of the securing device. As discussed above, the securing devices and hook mechanisms may be spaced at appropriate positions to allow the pad to remain securely fastened to the rim of the trash container. In an alternate embodiment of the present invention, the securing device may be continuously run along the entire or a substantial length within the indented section. The binders may be utilized to bind the liners together and simultaneous used as the attachment mechanisms to the securing devices. Alternatively, the binders are utilized solely to attach the pad to the securing devices and trash bag liners are held together by another mechanism.

Once the pad is securely inserted within the indented section 22, the front portion of a first exposed trash bag liner 30 is torn at the perforation line 36 and pulled forward from the pad. The back top portion of the first trash bag liner remains attached to the pad. The front portion of the trash bag liner is then pulled over the opposite side of the rim. The trash bag liner is thus secured and opened within the trash container and ready for use. When it is desired to remove the trash bag liner from the container, the back portion of the trash bag liner is pulled at the perforation line 36 and removed from the pad. The front portion of the trash bag liner is also removed from the rim of the trash container. The trash bag liner is then removed from the container and discarded. A new trash bag liner is then deployed in the same fashion as described above. When all of the trash bag liners within a pad have been utilized, the remaining banded section FIG. 6 may be removed and a new pad inserted within the indented section.

In an alternate use of the trash bag liners within the trash container 10, the trash bag liner may be removed completely from the pad and attached over the entire rim of the trash container.

The pad 32 may be affixed in any manner allowing the secure fastening and easy removal of the pad from the trash container 10. For example, the pad may be affixed by hooks, hook and loop fasteners, or other mechanisms and it should be understood that the present invention is not limited to the securing devices 18 and hook mechanisms 40.

FIG. 7 illustrates the integrated trash container 10 in an alternate embodiment of the present invention. The securing device 18 may run the substantial length of the indented section 22. The pad 32 may or may not include a continuous hook mechanism for positioning within the groove of the continuous securing device 18 which may be built into the recess of the trash container as shown in FIG. 7.

FIG. 8 is a rear view of the pad 32 in another embodiment for attachment to the trash container 10. A plurality of extension hooks 164 are affixed to the back of hook binders 140. The hook binders may perform the same function as the binders 37 (i.e., bind the liners together) with a different attachment mechanism. FIG. 9 is a side view of the hook binder 140. FIG. 10 is a front view of an attachment receiving unit 142 having a back portion 150, a groove 152 and an extension 154. From the extension 154 is a hook receiver 156 having an aperture 158 for accommodating the extension hook mechanism 140. FIG. 11 is a rear view of the attachment receiving unit 142 of FIG. 10. The attachment receiving unit includes an adhesive surface 160 and a removable cover 162. The removable cover may be removed from the adhesive surface 160 and attached to the rim of the conventional trash container. The hook binders 140 are affixed to the back portion of the top section of the pad in a similar manner as described for the binders 37. The hook 164 extends out and down from hook binder and is utilized for placement within the aperture 158 of the attachment receiving unit 142. In this embodiment, the hook binders preferably equal the number of attachment receiving units. In addition, the hook binders are placed opposite and corresponding to the receiving units of the conventional trash container. FIGS. 10 and 11 illustrate the attachment receiving units for use on an existing trash container (discussed below for a conventional trash container). However, for the integrated trash container 10, a continuous receiver unit 170 may be utilized. FIG. 12 illustrates a front perspective view of the continuous receiver unit 170 having a plurality of apertures 158 running along a portion of the rim. The holes are located on a ledge 180. In this embodiment, the receiving unit is integrated into the integrated trash container 10.

FIG. 13A is a front perspective view of the trash container 10 having a trash liner capture unit 200 located on a lip 202 in an open position. FIG. 13B illustrates the trash liner capture unit 200 in the closed position. To provide for a device to retain a top portion of part of the trash liner on the rim of the trash container, the trash liner capture unit retains the top portion of the liner (opposite side of where the pad 32 is located within the trash container). The trash liner capture unit includes capture section 204 which may be raised up or down from the rim of the trash container. The capture section includes a flange 206 running on a top portion of the capture section. FIG. 14 illustrates an exploded perspective view of the capture section 204 having a plurality of attachment devices 208. The attachment devices 208 extend from the bottom of the capture section 204 and fit within receivers 210 located on the top portion of the trash container. FIG. 15 illustrates the trash liner capture unit in the closed position.

FIG. 16 is a front perspective view of the trash container 10 having a trash liner capture unit 300. The trash liner capture unit performs the same function as the trash liner capture unit 200 in that a portion of the trash liner may be retained within the capture unit 300. FIG. 17 illustrates a partial front perspective view of the capture unit 300 of FIG. 16. The capture unit includes a groove 302, a cover 304 attached to a flange 306 and a base 308. The cover 304 rotates from an open position (shown in FIG. 17) to a closed position when retaining the trash liner. FIG. 18 illustrates a front perspective view of a trash bag liner affixed to the trash container 10 with the front portion of the trash liner retained by the trash liner capture unit 300. The trash liner is held within the groove 302 with the cover 304 covering the groove and holding the trash liner within the groove. The trash liner capture units 200 and 300 provide the advantage of preventing the trash liner from slipping off the rim of the trash container while also preventing the trash liner from extending over the rim resulting in an unsightly view of the trash liner.

The integrated trash container 10 provides many advantages for collecting trash. The present invention enables a plurality of trash bag liners to be stored in a vertical position on the inner portion of the rim of a trash container and easily deployed for use in collecting trash. The present invention enables the user to also easily remove a full trash bag liner and allows the ready access of another trash bag liner. The present invention is an integrated trash container which is configured to provide ease in the storage, deployment, and removal of trash bag liners within a trash container. The trash container 10 includes an indented area for housing the pad of trash liners to allow the trash bag liner to provide a regular opening. The trash container 10 also may include a raised section of the indented area to allow the trash bag liner, when deployed, to sit flush with the opposite rim of the trash container.

FIGS. 1-18 depict the present invention integrated into a specially configured trash container 10. In an alternate embodiment of the present invention, the present invention may be implemented on an existing conventional trash container without modification to the container. FIG. 19 is a front perspective view of a conventional trash container 100 in another alternate embodiment of the present invention. The trash container may be any size or shape and includes a wall 112 surrounding an interior 114 and includes an opening 116 at the top of the trash container. The trash container includes securing devices 118 located on a rim 120 of the trash container. The securing devices are spaced about a portion of the rim of the trash container.

FIG. 20 is a front view of the pad 32 having a plurality of button binders 137 for use with the trash container 100. The button binders perform the same function as the binder 37 of FIG. 2. FIG. 21 is a top perspective view of the pad 32 of FIG. 20. The pad 32 includes the plurality of trash bag liners held together by the button binders 137. The button binders may be used to secure the pad to the securing devices 118 on the trash container 100.

FIG. 22 is an enlarged side view of the button binders 37 of FIG. 20. The button binders includes a base 442 affixed to the rear surface of the banded section 34. A shaft 446 connects the base 442 to a button 444. A washer 448 may optionally be connected to the shaft between the base and the button. The shaft runs through the banded section with the button located on the rear of the pad. Space is provided between the rear surface of the washer 448 and button 444 to hold the banded section in place. The button binders may perform two functions. First, the button binders may be used to bind the liners together at the banded section and the button binders may be used as attachment mechanisms for attaching the pad to the trash container 100. The base 442 is slide into the securing device on the trash container.

FIG. 23 is a front enlarged view of the securing device 118. The securing device includes a groove 450 and a front portion 452 with a slot 454. When securing the pad to the trash container, the button of each button binder 137 is positioned within the groove of the securing device by sliding the button into the slot 154. Although the securing device 118 and the attachment device are shown for an existing trash container, the devices may also be utilized on the integrated trash container 10.

FIG. 24 is a rear enlarged view of the securing device 118. The securing device may be affixed to the conventional trash container by use of an adhesive located on a rear surface 460 of the securing device. Prior to applying the securing device to the trash container, a cover 462 may be used to cover the rear surface. Alternatively, the pad may also be affixed to the conventional trash container with the devices discussed in FIGS. 8-11, 25, 26A and 26B.

With reference to FIGS. 19-24, the operation of the alternate embodiment of the present invention will now be explained. In this alternate embodiment, any conventional trash container may be utilized. The securing devices 118 may be affixed to the rim 120 of the trash container 100. The securing devices may be affixed by removing the cover 462 from the rear surface 460 of the securing devices 118. Each securing device 118 is then spaced across a length of the rim, preferably covering approximately half of the circumference of the rim. The pad 32 having a plurality of trash bag liners 30 is then attached to the conventional trash by inserting the buttons 442 into the groove 450. The banded section 34 may be bent to accommodate the curvature of the wall 112 of the trash container. It should be understood that the pad may be attached to the trash container by any means and the securing devices 118 and the button binders 137 are only exemplary of the devices which may be utilized. As discussed above, the securing devices and binders may be spaced at appropriate positions to allow the pad to remain securely fastened to the rim of the trash container.

Once the pad is secured to the trash container 100, the front portion of a first exposed trash bag liner 30 is torn at the perforation line 36 and pulled away from the pad. The back portion of the first trash bag liner remains attached to the pad. The front portion of the trash bag liner is then pulled over the opposite side of the rim. The trash bag liner is thus secured and opened within the trash container and ready for use. When it is desired to remove the trash bag liner from the container, the back portion of the trash bag liner is pulled at the perforation line 36 and removed from the pad. The front portion of the trash bag liner is also removed from the rim of the trash container. The trash bag liner is then removed from the container and discarded. A new trash bag liner is then deployed in the same fashion as described above. When the pad is empty, the banded section 34 may be removed and a new pad inserted. In an alternate use of the trash bag liners within the trash container 100, the trash bag liner may be removed completely from the pad. The top portion of the entire trash bag liner may be wrapped over the entire rim of the trash container.

FIG. 25 is a front perspective view of the trash container 100 utilizing clips 500 in an alternate embodiment of the present invention. To secure the pad 32 to the trash container, the clips may be spaced along a length of the rim of the trash container. The clips may include an anchor 502, an extension 504, a length 506 and a hook 508. The pad may be attached to the hook 508 by the hook mechanism 40 (see FIG. 3).

FIG. 26A is a front perspective view of the securing device 18. FIG. 26B is a rear perspective view of the securing device 18 illustrating an adhesive surface 55 and a removable cover 57. The securing device includes a back portion 50, a groove 52 and an extension 54. The removable cover may be removed from the adhesive surface 55 and attached to the rim of the conventional trash container. FIG. 27 is a front view of the securing devices 18 attached to the conventional trash container 100 in an alternate embodiment of the present invention. The attachment devices may be used to secure the pad 32 to the conventional trash container.

FIG. 28 is a rear view of the hook mechanisms 40 utilized to secure the pad 32 to the conventional trash container 100. The hook mechanisms may be also be utilized on the integrated trash container 10. As discussed above, the hook mechanisms may be used to attach to the securing devices 18 affixed to the rim of a trash container. The hook mechanisms include a base section 42 and a hook 44 for positioning within the groove 52 of the trash container. The pad may include articulation lines 60 allowing the banded section 34 to be bent to accommodate the bend in the sides of the rim of the trash container. The articulation lines may be useful where the banded section is constructed of a rigid material.

The present invention may be utilized on any size and shape of a trash container. The present invention may be used on existing trash containers without modification to the trash container. The pad may be attached in any fashion to the rim of the trash container. The present invention utilizes a pad having a plurality of trash bag liners which are easy to access and deploy. The pad of trash bag liners is easily stored. Additionally, the unique configuration of storing a plurality of trash bag liners in a pad provides ease in deployment of the liners onto the trash container.

While the present invention is described herein with reference to illustrative embodiments for particular applications, it should be understood that the invention is not limited thereto. Those having ordinary skill in the art and access to the teachings provided herein will recognize additional modifications, applications, and embodiments within the scope thereof and additional fields in which the present invention would be of significant utility.

Thus, the present invention has been described herein with reference to a particular embodiment for a particular application. Those having ordinary skill in the art and access to the present teachings will recognize additional modifications, applications and embodiments within the scope thereof.

It is therefore intended by the appended claims to cover any and all such applications, modifications and embodiments within the scope of the present invention.





 
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