The Department of Health developed guidelines for the correct and safest method of storing, collecting and disposing of rubbish. This isn’t ‘red tape’ or another rule you have to follow – it is essential information as rubbish bins can be a genuine threat to your, your family and co-worker’s health. And as much as we at JMac like to keep the whole subject of rubbish light-hearted – your health and the health of our team members is a matter we take very seriously. This is why we are super vigilant in making sure your bin is squeaky clean, and only use cleaning products that are safe for our bin cleaners and you (when you touch your bin again after a JMac bin clean).
We’ve listed some of the guidelines here that the Department of Health put together for healthy and safe storing of rubbish, and added our own tips to help you achieve them:
Rubbish Bins Inside Your Home
There are several containers which can be used to store rubbish inside a house before it is emptied into the main bin outside your home. These are:
- pedal bins
- plastic buckets (or similar)
- plastic shopping bags
Be sure to empty and wash your inside rubbish bin regularly. Sometimes food items stick to the sides of the bin and rot, or mildew builds up over time.
It is actually a good idea to use a rubbish bin liner. Rubbish bin liners protect your bin and make it easier for you to take out the rubbish. You can buy rubbish bin liners that are made specifically for this, or even opt for plastic shopping bags. Remember the adage: reduce, re-use, recycle. If you have plastic shopping bags sitting around somewhere, this is your chance to re-use. If you need to buy rubbish bin liners opt for the biodegradable ones if they are available to you.
When the rubbish bin liner is full of rubbish, tie it up securely and transfer it to the outside bin. The ‘securely’ part is really important… you don’t want to end up wearing half of the rubbish as you walk outside. Also, watch for spills. If someone has tipped something containing liquid into the bin – or as food rots it creates liquid, gravity drags the liquid earthwards. The liquid can then seep out through the bottom of the bag, leaving a trail of drips as you carry it outside. While you could always say you were simply leaving a trail to find your way back… and consequently be nicknamed Hansel or Gretel for the next few weeks… you have actually just contributed to a health and safety hazard. It only takes an unsuspecting person a second to slip in one of the drips and be injured. The other not-so-nice part of this scenario is that the leak generally has a rank smell… ewwwww…
Rubbish Bins Outside of Your Building
Each home should have an outside rubbish bin that is strong and has a tight-fitting lid to keep out insects and rain. Your classic wheelie bin fills the requirements – waterproof and in most cases, insect proof. If there is a crack, or breach of some kind in the bin… perhaps the neighbourhood kids used it as a trampoline one day, or someone accidentally touch parked their car with it… then perhaps it is time for a replacement. Rubbish bins should not be too big or heavy – unless of course you are using an industrial bin on business premises (and yes, we do clean these too).
Some people add a large plastic bin liner to this bin as well. The liner will help keep the bin clean to a degree – and remember, JMac is here to do the cleaning for you!
If you are having challenges with your bin being knocked over – that ‘touch parker’, or the neighbourhood dog that thinks your bin’s food scraps are the best in the street – then you may need to place the bin in another position, or attach it to a frame or post when and where appropriate.
Outside Store and Community Building Rubbish Bins
Metal rubbish bins should be available at the store (shopping complex), industrial estate, office, school and throughout the community.
Stores often have a bulk bin which can contain huge amounts of rubbish, including transport cartons and drums, protective plastic sheeting, and old or damaged stock (canned foods, dairy products, vegetables and cooked meats). Community rubbish bins get filled with all sorts of waste – from unwanted coffee through to items that should have been disposed of in toilet cubicles… yes, it happens! It’s important that these bins are emptied regularly (daily)… and not just because of the amount of rubbish they house! It’s also important that these bins be cleaned by a bin cleaning specialist to ensure hygiene and keep customers, retailers, and the community safe.
Here’s a short tip list for storing rubbish for disposal from your home or business premises:
- Every house should have its own rubbish bin
- Rubbish bins must have tight-fitting lids
- Bins must be kept clean to stop germs breeding and to discourage flies – this is where we can help you
- The bins should also be washed after they are emptied – again JMac’s speciality
- Wrap all food scraps and disposable nappies before placing them in the bin
- If you have business premises, supply rubbish bins throughout the store, office, gym, and building
- Empty bins regularly to avoid rubbish overflowing and creating an even bigger mess
- Don’t be the jerk who tries shoving one last bit of rubbish into an already jam-packed rubbish bin. The next person to use it, or needing to clean up the overflow will not thank you… and you’ll regret it if you’re the one doing the pick up or mop up later! Organise to have the bin emptied or, if appropriate and safe, empty the bin yourself… and call JMac to clean, disinfect, and deoderise it for you.
For detailed guidelines for the storage, collection, disposal of, and environmental management of rubbish please visit The Department of Health’s website.