Most of us have learned to accept bin odor as just another fact of life. We pile all our waste into a container and then let it bake and fester in the sun all week until collection time. So the smell exists, and there’s nothing we can do about it, right? Wrong. Not only can you do something about it, you should. Bin cleaning will maintain hygiene, remove odor, and prevent the spread of disease, bacteria and vermin to your garbage container.
Despite the obvious appeal of having a bin that no longer reeks every time you lift the lid, there are Occupational Health and Safety issues that require you to be more conscientious about bin cleaning. Under the rules and regulations of local Councils and the Environment Protection Act of 1970, businesses are responsible for ensuring that their bins are kept clean and odorless. Unapproved cleaning methods that result in polluted waters can incur costly penalties.
Bin cleaning will not only relieve the smell of your waste containers, it is also a preventative measure against diseases in and around your bin. Rodents and insects are attracted to the odor of decaying material and can act as distribution systems for germs. Dirty bins are a breeding ground for bacteria such as Salmonella, E Coli, and Listeria. They actually begin to grow within hours of discarding leftover food. You can come in contact with these bacteria when you take out the trash, and without realizing you may reintroduce these germs back into your house. Simply inhaling the rotting smell can trigger allergic reactions such as asthma. If your bin smells, germs and bacteria are already present.