Cleaning Tips for Organics, Yard Waste and Food Waste Containers

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When it comes to cleaning curbside organics and food waste collection, a regular sanitation program can help maintain carts and bins as welcome members of the neighborhood rather than unsavory characters. Because containers are designed to be durable, they can eventually become soiled with residue. Clean organics carts are more pleasant to handle, and they also promote better hygiene. Here are some useful tips for keeping your cart clean.

Step by Step Guidelines of Cart/Bin Cleaning

1. Use your rubber gloves: Cleaning a cart or bin can be a nasty business, so make sure you pull on a pair of rubber gloves.

2. Empty the cart/bin: After pulling on the rubber gloves, take the cart or bin to the designated place to clean the organic, yard or food waste and empty the bin. After you empty the bin, remove any large pieces of lingering organic or food particles you find at the bottom of the bin. Make sure to scrape out any "major gunk" that is visible.

3. Wash the bin: If you have access to a hosepipe, take the bin outside and hose it down. If can also do it in a bathtub, depending upon the size of the bin, if you do not have outdoor space to wash it outdoors. Then, pat dry with a paper towel.

4. Spray the can with a disinfectant: Use any disinfectant cleaner of your preference to freely spray down the whole bin. Make sure you don’t forget the top and bottom of the bin.

 

5. Scrub the bin: take a clean toilet brush or any other long-handed nylon bristle brush to thoroughly scrub the bin. After doing so, let the cleaner sit for 5 minutes.

6. Rinse and dry the bin: thoroughly rinse the bin in the bathtub or with your hose. Then, let air dry in the sun or dry yourself with a towel.

 

More Helpful Tips For Cleaning and Maintenance

1. Line the bin/cart with newspaper sheets, or yard waste paper bags to keep the bin clean. Avoid any kind of plastic or biodegradable plastic bags.

2. Remember daily cleaning is the ideal for kitchen food waste containers. It is a useful habit to clean the kitchen container every time it is emptied.

3.  To reduce odors and keep bugs out, use vinegar, baking soda or lemon juice. Eucalyptus, mint or bay leaves also can be used to mask odors.

4. In winter, spray the bin with cooking oil to reduce the risk of freezing waste to the bin.

5. To reduce the odors from the waste bins, you can consider keeping your fish or meat scraps in the freezer until the collection day.

6. Always drain excess liquids from the food scraps down the sink to reduce food odor. 

7. Always shut the lid when you don't use it.

8. Consider keeping the bin a well-ventilated, flat and shady location outside.

9.To ensure animals don’t knock the bin over or get into it, place the bin away from deck railings and fences.

10. If any animal chew on the cart, rub chili powder, cayenne, hot sauce or peppermint on the chewed spot.

11. Keep the organic or food waste dry by alternating a layer of food waste with layer of dead plants, grass clippings, or leaves.

And let the grass clippings or leaves dry first.

12. Use salt or vinegar to eliminate maggots from the waste stream.

13. Enlist a commercial organics cart cleaning service. Here is one local example.

References

How to Clean a Kitchen Trash Can

Food Scraps 101: Tips for Hassle-Free Food Scraps Recycling