For the last three decades, waste contractors and local councils have been issuing guidance related to wheelie bins for businesses and the public across the UK. The advice ranges from what type of waste you can place into them to what size of wheelie bins you must use.
But no matter how careful waste removal workers are, wheelie bins do collect residues and spills, which means they can start to smell after a while. This is especially prominent in scenarios where bins are emptied just twice a month.
So, who is responsible for keeping the bins hygienic for your waste removal workers and the public? The businesses (and members of the public), of course!
Whether you are in the foodservice industry or manufacturing sector, the bins you use eventually become dirty or could cause cross contamination. They will typically need a cleanse now and then. This is something you must take seriously.
Dirty bins are bad. Period.
If your bins are too dirty, the waste removal worker might refuse to empty them. Or you may get fined. That means you will have to dispose of the waste yourself, which might not be the most productive way to utilise your time.
However, dirty bins are also a health hazard for those around you. Accumulated waste gives off foul smells that can be highly distressing to those around.
Besides the odour, dirty bins can attract pests like rodents. Finally, accumulated waste is a breeding ground for germs of all kinds, and the rodents that root around in the waste could easily spread those germs to the rest of the neighbourhood.
Why cleaning your bins is especially important now
While it is always essential to clean your waste bins, it is especially vital during the UK’s warmer months. The weather causes the waste in the bins to decompose faster and leads to a nasty smell while also attracting more pests — regardless of the type of waste.
Let us take a closer look at how you can make cleaning your bins a simple process:
Tips on maintaining a clean bin
- Do not overstuff your bins. Purchase more bins to stack the waste properly.
- Use hot soapy water, and ideally a jet spray, to clean both the outside and the inside of your bins thoroughly. Schedule a clean-up at least once a fortnight, if not more often.
- Replace your bin if you notice any leaks or odours that would not go away.
- Waste matter from your bin must not be allowed to go down the drains, so you need to ensure it is collected and disposed of safely.
Why do it yourself when you can get help?
Due to increased awareness about keeping wheeling bins clean, many local firms and franchises have mushroomed across the UK to undertake the unpleasant and time-consuming task for you for a modest fee.
They use bespoke equipment that have the capabilities and use approved biodegradable chemicals to wash residential and commercial bins swiftly.
However, if you are keen to install equipment on-site for the ease of your waste removal workers and other staff, invest in one for your wheelie bins.
Meet Simpro’s BinBlaster: A wash frame for wheelie bins up to 1100L
For anyone who has tried to clean a wheelie bin, you will know how awkward and difficult it can be. Stopping the waste matter from entering the drainage system is also problematic.
Thankfully, the BinBlaster offers a fantastic solution to the problem. The system lifts and tilts bins just past horizontal at an ergonomic height to clean and draw hydraulic power from the water supply.
The BinBlaster acts as a tiltable wash frame for wheelie bins, from 80L up to 1100L and can be supplied with a battery power pack if your water pressure is low.
It comes with an extendable tray that collects the debris washed from inside the bin and disposes it of in a small bucket. This prevents objects such as broken bottles and solid fats from entering the wastewater system.
The ‘antler’ bin-hitch system can safely lift wheelie bins with any modification or clamping. The control lever turns to lift the bins onto their side at the optimum height for a wash.
The BinBlaster, available through Waste2ES in the UK, Ireland and across Europe, is the perfect choice for a water-scarce environment. You simply need to install the optional water catchment tank and recirculation system to reduce water usage.
Additionally, it features a galvanised steel frame finish for durability, castor wheels for mobility, and a collapsible design for cost-effective shipping.
Do not compromise with the cleanliness of your bins
Cleaning your bins is important from a hygiene perspective and to ensure the bins function for a long time. You do not want to invest in new bins every few months simply because you did not know how to keep them clean.