Linen Trash Chutes


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Use this SimpleSpecs 3 part specification template to specify prefabricated metal Linen and Trash Chutes with intake and discharge doors.

Trash and linen chutes are essential components of multi-story buildings, such as hotels, hospitals, and high-rise apartments, where a large amount of waste needs to be disposed of on a daily basis. These vertical shafts allow for easy and efficient disposal of waste materials, such as trash and dirty linen, to a central location, usually at the ground level.

However, to ensure the safety and accessibility of these chutes, they must be designed and installed for compliance.  Following the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. Here are some of the key requirements that must be met to ensure a trash and linen chute is 100% NFPA and ADA compliant.

NFPA Compliance

The NFPA has established a set of guidelines to ensure the safe installation and operation of trash and linen chutes. Some of the key requirements include:

  • The chute must be constructed of non-combustible materials and designed to prevent the spread of fire between floors.
  • The chute must be equipped with fire-rated doors and automatic sprinklers to prevent the spread of fire and smoke.
  • The chute must be designed to prevent the accumulation of waste and debris, which can pose a fire hazard.
  • The chute must be equipped with proper ventilation to prevent the buildup of explosive gases.

ADA Compliance

The ADA guidelines ensure that the trash and linen chutes are accessible to people with disabilities. Some of the key requirements include:

  • The chute must be designed to allow for easy access and use by people with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices.
  • The chute must be equipped with proper signage and tactile indicators to assist people with visual impairments.The chute must be designed to allow for easy operation by people with limited dexterity or strength.
  • The chute must be equipped with proper lighting to assist people with visual impairments.

Other Considerations In addition to the NFPA and ADA requirements, there are other factors that must be considered when designing and installing trash and linen chutes. These include:

  • Noise reduction: Must be designed to minimize noise, as the sound of falling trash and linen can be disruptive to residents and guests.
  • Maintenance and cleaning: Designed to allow for easy maintenance and cleaning, to prevent the buildup of debris and reduce the risk of fire and odor issues.
  • Capacity: Designed to accommodate the expected volume of waste, to prevent overloading and potential hazards.


Includes chutes in galvanized steel or stainless steel, with stainless steel having higher resistance to corrosion.

Most chutes are considered shafts by all building codes and must receive automatic fire sprinklers.

Linen chutes typically utilize inclined rolling doors that close automatically in event of a fire. Trash chutes utilize hinged hopper-type doors that close after each use, to minimize odors.

Trash chutes require a flushing water head to clean the interior surfaces and typically include a disinfecting and sanitizing unit.

To learn more about building chutes, visit Wikipedia.

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08 31 00 – Access Doors and Panels

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