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Are You Consistently Cleaning Out Your Recycling and Waste Container?

Posted on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

4469125915 242418fdd7 z resized 600It is very important to recycle and responsibly dispose of waste to help protect our environment. This is much easier if your waste container and bins are nice and clean.

Are you consistently cleaning your bins? After all, your family will be more willing to take out the recycling if they do not have to deal with dingy, stinky old bins.

Here are some other reasons why you need to keep these bins clean and how to go about doing it:

Why Clean It?

The first thing that comes to mind when you think about why you need to clean your bin is because they smell. Depending on your family’s waste habits, these bins can get very messy they end up not smelling very good! In addition to the smell factor, keeping your bins clean will prevent the spread of illness and can prevent an insect infestation.

Cleaning Options

Using a store bought antibacterial cleaner is one idea. There are plenty of products on the market that are good for the environment too—such as Simple Green. However, you do not have to go out and purchase something special just to clean your bins.

Dish soap mixed with water is a great way to clean your bins. A quick rinse with vinegar and water can help eliminate smells too. For the worst stains and smells, you may want to use bleach water. However, be careful about mixing bleach with other cleaners and do this in a safe place with plenty of ventilation.

When to Replace

If your bin has stains or smells that you just can’t eliminate, or it has cracks, it may be time to replace it. Additionally, if your bin has broken handles, it is probably harder to maneuver your waste than it should be. Before you purchase a new one, call your waste management company and ask if they have any recommendations. It could be that there is a specific type of bin that will make waste removal much easier for you—it never hurts to ask!

Recycling and responsibly handling your waste is important and much easier if you keep your container clean and in good shape.

Key Takeaways:

  • It’s important to keep your recycling toter and waste containers clean so you don’t spread germs and smells inside your home.

  • You can use a commercial cleaning product or just scrub with soap and water or vinegar.

  • Eventually, you’ll need to replace the container—especially if there are stains or smells you can’t seem to clean.

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