Accessible trash bins shall meet the following criteria:

1. They shall be located outside of the accessible path.
2. They shall have a lateral space of interaction. This space can overlay the associated path.
3. Whenever possible it be located besides pedestrian crossings.
4. The trash bin opening shall be placed at a maximum height of 900 mm.
5. Trash bins shall be distributed in the space in a way that any person can find a trash bin in 50 meters around.
6. Opening mechanisms shall be operable with an elbow.
7. Signage shall be well contrasted.

Full Guidance



Not located in the accessible path


Lateral space of interaction of at least 865 x 1420mm


Trash bin opening height ≤900mm



Trash bins every 50 meters



When fixed to the walls protrude ≤250mm


Operable with an elbow if opening mechanism is provided


Well contrasted signage

Glossary of Terms

Tactile pavements are textured surfaces with contrasted colour that are perceptible and identifiable by feel or cane or residual functional vision that warns or informs people with visual disabilities.

Truncated domes in a grid pattern to provide a tactile surface under feet of blind users. They are used as a used as a warning of upcoming level changes or obstacles on the course of travel.

Flat topped elongated bars in the paving surface under feet of blind people. They are used as a directional sign to assist the independent mobility of people with visual disabilities.

Pendulum test value (PTV) is a measurement of the slip resistance of a floor surface, either an external or internal floor of a building. The least slip resistance a surface material is, the more likely people may skid or trip, especially in wet conditions. In average circumstances, slip-resistance is as follows:

0-18 = very low slip-resistance.

18-25 = moderate slip-resistance.

25-36 = good slip resistance.

Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is a numeric scale that is used to identify how much light a colour reflects or absorbs. It is used in universal design to identify the contrast between two colours. This can help to determine if there is sufficient contrast to visually identify a feature such as a fonts on a sign, elevator call button, a handrail and other items which need to be seen by visually impaired people.

The interaction space is the space required by a person to interact with another person, furniture, appliance, machine or another element.

Tools and Templates

Accessible Toilets
Approaching Buildings

Relevant Guidance