Reliable Testing Standard
Testing bomb resistant waste receptacles properly will ensure their effectiveness during an actual terrorist attack. Selecting a recognized testing facility, establishing a solid foundation to anchor receptacles for testing, using real explosives packed to a specific density, and testing the weakest and strongest areas within a bomb receptacle are equally important when determining an accurate explosive containment rating. An explosive containment rating is the amount of explosives a bomb resistant trash receptacle can contain during an explosion.

Testing guidelines that must be followed:

1. In order to create a real life deployment scenario, all receptacles must be anchored to a 1" steel slab that is anchored to 6" concrete slab that is anchored to another 1" steel slab.

2. Testing should be conducted with C4 explosives, packed to a specific density in order to ensure an accurate TNT rating was obtained.

3. Since we can not control where within a trash receptacle an explosive device will be placed, the following tests: bottom center, side wall weld seam, side wall opposite weld seam, and midpoint center detonations are all required for determining an accurate explosive containment rating.

4. Fragmentation tests should also be conducted using pipe bombs.

Results for determining a successful test:

1. Outer wall of receptacle did not breach (split, open, or crack).

2. All horizontal fragmentation contained within the receptacle.

3. Top to the receptacle did not fragment and detach during explosion.

4. Bomb receptacle remained standing after all tests.