06859005 is referenced by 45 patents and cites 13 patents.

A garbage container includes a base section for collecting garbage and a lid section attachable to the base section. The lid section includes an access door pivotally operable therewith. The garbage container further includes a sensor connected to the top surface of the lid section and for determining when an object has reached a predetermined distance therefrom. The garbage container further includes a housing and a motor disposed therein and connected to the sensor. A plurality of arm members each have a first end portion passing through a corresponding one of a plurality of slots and are operable by the motor. The plurality of arm members each further has a second opposed end portion connected to the access door respectively. The plurality of arm members are preferably selectively pivotable about the first end portions and in a generally arcuate path to thereby move the access door between open and closed positions based upon signals transmitted by the sensor.

Garbage container with automatic door operator
Application Number
Publication Number
6859005 (B2)
Application Date
June 18, 2003
Publication Date
February 22, 2005
Lynette S Boliver
Croghan, 13327
H02P 001/04
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