Waste disposal is a major concern in every society – both developed and underdeveloped. Creating and running a sustainable waste elimination system is central to the sanity and health of every nation.

Hence, the focus on having a robust waste management system in place. In some cities, this is run solely by the government, while in others, it is run in conjunction with or solely by private entities. In all, the government usually regulates the system while creating an enabling environment for a sustainable waste management system.

However, in recent times, the world is bending under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic. This creates a serious disruption in the waste management services everywhere, as much as it does to regular business and daily activities.

If your facility generates a large amount of waste, you need to hire a sustainable team that cares to come up with strategies to reduce the waste.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are experiencing disruption to all waste services. These services’ mode of operation is continuously reviewed in line with the regulatory restrictions instituted by governments around the world. 

However, waste management is core to us just as much as food and water are. Therefore, we see that regardless of how severe the pandemic or any other global crisis may hit us, we have to figure out a way to stay ahead in waste disposal matters.

Making Your Waste Bins Available For Pick Up

Aside from making efforts to reduce the amount of waste we generate, it is crucial to know how to make your trash available for collection. Whether it is an industrial or residential waste, gathering them neatly in bags and bins makes the work so much easier for the collectors.

Most collection companies would prefer waste that is neatly contained in bags that can be easily serviced, rather than loose waste in bins that are spilling over. Excess waste is better kept for the next collection round instead of storing them around the container on the curbside. On the one hand, you are keeping your waste storage area neat. On the other hand, you are making the job of collection easier for collectors.

You may contact the waste management service for missed collections to which you are subscribed to come to pick them up. Alternatively, you could leave them until the next collection day. 

However, our waste reduction guide will help you to reduce the volume of waste your company generates.

Similarly, if the majority of your waste is food related, you can design a food waste collection program

Waste Services During The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

The importance of solid waste management is often underrated or less emphasized. However, the current COVID-19 situation makes the supreme importance of waste disposal visible to everyone.  

As you already know, the effect of the lockdown indirectly imposed by COVID-19 is universal and touches every kind of business. As more and more workers are increasingly adopting the work from home strategy, we can expect that the same holds for waste hauling organizations. In other words, disposing of your waste now requires more carefulness from those who generate them.

The realities facing us include a cut back on the frequency of collection visits in neighborhoods. This could possibly lead to spillage and poor handling of waste. 

Notably, in line with the current public health measures introduced to combat the spread of COVID-19, waste service will likely adjust to new realities. As self-isolating and social-distancing become the day’s order, employees covering lower priority areas may be redeployed to cover higher priority work.

You could help make the process of collection easier to ensure that your waste is well gathered and bagged, and not spilling out from the bins. Another way you can help is by reducing the amount of waste you produce. 

Obviously, the second suggestion might seem difficult for most people, but it is quite achievable. If we are conscious of how much stuff we throw into the trash can, we are more likely to consider whether an item is reusable or not before trashing it. 

For instance, in a State like Connecticut, recycling food scraps is mandatory.

For people who may have symptoms caused by coronavirus, extra care is required when handling waste. It is important to follow prescribed methods to avoid spreading the virus through your waste. 

Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths should be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags as usual. However, these bags should be placed into another bag, and tied securely. The waste should then be left aside for at least 72 hours before putting in your usual waste bin. 

Also, wash your hands thoroughly before putting your waste bins out and after taking them back in. This will reduce the possibility of collectors (who empty these bins) catching or spreading the virus. Even so, they are advised to use gloves and observe strict hygiene rules. 

Waste Recycling Centers

Waste recycling is probably one of the biggest concerns of the millennium. Recycling reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators, reduces environmental pollution, supports American manufacturing, and conserves valuable resources. 

Before setting up any kind of collection station, you need to identify which waste should be sent for recycling and which should go for regular trash disposal. The best way to go about this is to connect with the company that hauls your waste and ask how they need waste to be separated. If you want to develop and implement a plan to separate additional materials for recycling or composting (the materials your provider is unable to recycle), you will need to make sure you have a plan for how those items will be picked up or dropped off. 

Even with your waste separated perfectly for your hauler to pick it up, given the current state of affairs, it should be expected that your recyclable waste may pile up more than anticipated, especially if your bin is near full. 

Queues and waiting times to access each site will likely increase. But most importantly, remember always to observe recommended hygiene practices to avoid getting infected or spreading the virus. 

The times call for concerted efforts from both waste generators and collectors. As mentioned earlier, your collectors’ work will be greatly eased if your waste is well kept. Following stipulated guidelines regarding waste disposal is equally essential. 

No one knows for sure when any restrictions currently in place will be eased. Hence, citizens may have to bear these inconveniences as best they can until situations return to normal. 

Final words

The importance of efficient waste disposal cannot be overemphasized. While the world currently grapples with the restrictions and disruptions brought about by COVID-19, we also need to accept interruptions in waste disposal. 

The best ways to manage the situation are following local guidelines and checking for updates with your waste collection service. 

Again, you can check different guides on how to reduce your waste. When you have less waste, you won’t bother much about collection.

While garbage collectors continue to strive towards excellent service, we can also support them by making our garbage easy to collect. As usual, reducing the amount of waste generated by your household or business also helps. 

Send recyclable waste out according to your local guidelines and recommendations. Ensure you check with local authorities to stay updated on policies surrounding recycling and waste disposal in general. 

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