Tips for responsible handling of waste and recycling during a pandemic (and even when there isn’t one).

Always keep in mind health and safety first:

Bag all trash, thereby reducing exposure to pathogens and odors, as well as limiting insect infestations at the source.

– Regularly clean and sanitize your inside and outside waste containers and enclosure area.

Close dumpster lids to keep odors in and birds and rodents out. If lids are broken or need to be replaced make sure you reach out to your provider as soon as possible to replace.

Keep enclosure areas free of clutter and well-lit to avoid trip hazards and ensure the safety of those taking out the trash.

Wear gloves when taking out the trash and lifting lids to avoid direct contact and to protect from sharp objects.

Properly dispose of medical sharps. Medical sharps used to administer medication to individuals or pets should be placed in a rigid plastic container, clearly marked “Sharps”, sealed shut and placed in the trash.

Place recycling in your bin loose.  Only place approved items in your recycling container. Remember items like trash bags and grocery bags, tissues, napkins, and paper cups aren’t accepted. Check with your provider for approved recyclables in your area.

Regular removal of waste is critical to the health and wellness of our society, and we will all need to continue to do our part to keep our communities safe.  It is highly recommended that you right-size your service levels to appropriate levels during this difficult time. Be mindful not to reduce services to the point your dumpsters overflow and cause other health hazards.

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Marshall Staiman, LEED Green Associate

Marshall Staiman, LEED Green Associate

President at Talismark

The author is an owner at Talismark, a national waste and recycling outsource management company that services retail and commercial businesses throughout the United States. He is Harvard Business School case study participant and lecturer, he’s been featured in Forbes magazine, and has placed on Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing companies two years running. 
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