How To Empty and Remove Waste in Offices
While cleaning is an essential practice to follow, waste disposal is as important as the cleaning process. Therefore, completing a good cleaning practice should always encompass the appropriate waste removal. Wastes go hand in hand with cleaning; that is why this is a part of the safety and hygiene that cleaners swear by.
The process of waste disposal is not a one-person job. As a cleaner, your job is to collect and segregate these waste materials into their proper bins. Wastes not only contaminate the surfaces it touches, but it also affects odour and the atmosphere surrounding it. You can encounter struggles when trying to eradicate these odours from trash bins or the atmosphere itself. You should use proper cleaning chemicals and procedures to clean these.
Various types of waste need to be disposed of properly, and some are very hazardous, while some do not cause harm at all. Moreover, every type of garbage should be handled properly according to the proper protocol to ensure safety in the building and maintain hygienic surroundings.
Why is waste hazardous?
A variety of safety hazards and diseases come alongside rubbish which is why extra measures are taken to dispose of these. Wastes contain microbes and germs that are mainly harmful, especially when they come in contact with the human body. With that, an infection may surface that could develop into much harmful diseases.
You can encounter various types of rubbish. Non-hazardous ones are safe to handle without extra measures; however, these still do have a certain odour that can irritate your sense of smell. In addition, some garbage contains sharp materials that could cause wounds. When these cuts and wounds happen, microbes and germs have easy access to contaminate you because they have an easy entrance.
There are toxic wastes that are very poisonous to the human body. For example, disposed of chemicals and electronic equipment can threaten you, especially when these harmful chemicals leak or the electronic wastes are burned. In addition, food wastes also present harm to people because germs spread faster with this rubbish.
To avoid the harm and hazards that come along with being a cleaner, you should always remember to put on your personal protective equipment whenever you clean. This equipment includes gloves, masks, and safety boots, if possible. Also, never forget to know the hazardous wastes and report to the supervisor whenever any hazards are present, like bodily fluids, sharp metals or needles, toxic chemicals, etc.
Disposing office wastes: A step-by-step procedure
Wastes from the office vary from personal belongings to office supplies. From there, you should be aware of all the possible wastes that you can encounter while cleaning the office. However, you should not be overwhelmed with all the different rubbish present in a bin; rather, you must be knowledgeable and categorize this rubbish to create a systemized process.
Step 1: Know your waste disposal schedule.
There are times of the day when wastes are piled up, and you need to collect them right away. On the contrary, there are specific times that people have not yet generated a huge amount of waste. It is always important to know these times so that you would not waste your effort in collecting a bin with no rubbish.
If you are working at a large office, you must know when the waste management or garbage collectors will acquire the waste, usually in the early morning. In small offices, garbage is collected once a week or twice a week on a certain schedule. Either way, you as a cleaner should collect each bin at night after the work shift of the office is done.
Step 2: Prepare your equipment.
There is common equipment used to collect waste from certain parts of the offices. Usually, these are also the materials that are commonly introduced when cleaning. Every piece of equipment used has a corresponding function to every task, which is why it is essential to be familiar with each.
Common equipment used in waste disposal are brooms, dustpans, garbage trolleys, dust mops, and bin liners. In addition, some materials used to handle sharp objects are tongs, heavy-duty rubber gloves, safety footwear, and a sharps container. When emptying these garbage bins, you must clean out the wastes that were not included in the bin liner and replace the bin liner.
Step 3: Segregate your wastes.
It is common for large facilities to have different coloured garbage bins, enabling and encouraging recycling and segregation. Having these bins also lessens your work by already letting the people separate their trash according to category. These classifications vary from paper, cans, or bottles to recyclable or non-recyclable bins.
For the well-being of the environment and the people surrounding it, you must always segregate the rubbish to ensure that the hazardous wastes are divided from the non-hazardous ones. It can also distinguish which rubbish can be recycled once again by the people that collect these. In addition, some people say that there are treasures in the trash, so it is important to keep useful things away from hazards.
Step 4: Emptying the containers.
Once you have collected all the garbage from the bins, you must transfer them to the main garbage container outside your building. Some buildings have a garbage disposal portal that directly throws the garbage to the outside container with a circular downward tube. However, if your building does not have that, then you must do it manually.
Taking piles of trash from numerous containers to one single garbage container can be a lot of effort to accomplish, which is why there is a garbage trolley that could help transport trash to the proper designation. However, the tricky part also occurs when transferring garbage to a huge container.
There is certain mechanical equipment that is used to have convenient transferring of this garbage. For example, electric hoists are used to transport this rubbish by hooking the garbage liners. Meanwhile, an electronic tipping device carries the garbage bin itself and tips it over to transfer all the garbage to the large bin. Either way, both these pieces of equipment make your life easier and faster by doing the work all at once. It also prevents you from much back pain by reducing your effort to dispose of the trash.
Garnering waste from an area with many people is a chore that requires a lot of effort to accomplish. With this, there are certain pieces of equipment and techniques that you can follow to be efficient in doing this job. It is best recommended that you prioritize your safety, especially when handling hazardous contents. You should wear the appropriate safety gear and always be aware of the materials and wastes you are handling.
Waste removal is one of the finishing processes that ensure the success of your cleaning. Once everything is tidy, you must be able to tidy your equipment by disposing of all the rubbish you have collected from cleaning areas of the building. Having good waste management is essential to keep a clean and hygienic atmosphere inside the building. Along with that, it also contributes to helping the environment and the surroundings.