Three Important Reasons To Clean Your Trash Bin

Posted on: 4 July 2016

The fact that your trash bin stays outside and that you are constantly tossing more waste in it makes the idea of cleaning it seem less than important. In reality the opposite is true. It's actually a good idea to clean your trash bin for a number of different reasons; here are just some of them.

Keep Odors Down

Just because it's trash doesn't mean it also has to smell bad. Even if you are being diligent about keeping your waste in sealed bags, liquids and other waste will seep out from time to time. When this happens, all of these items end up lodged at the base of the bin. Over time they can cause quite a recognizable odor.

By cleaning the bin periodically you can help minimize this buildup and in turn help minimize any foul odors from coming from the container. While there is no set guideline by which you should do this, a once a month cleaning is a good place to start.

Prevent Pests

It's also a good idea to keep your trash bin clean in order to reduce the likelihood of a pest infestation. This process can be an especially helpful pest prevention tip if you store your trash bin near your home. The trash that is inside the bag is generally safe. However, the food that has seeped out over time is an effortless buffet for insects and animals.

There is no need to hunt or work since the food is right there for easy access. When you clean your bin you eliminate this collection of food, therefore reducing the chance of a pest being attracted to your bin.

Minimize Germs

Listeria, Salmonella and E-coli are just some of the germs typically found near waste. All of these growths can be especially dangerous to your health. As waste rests inside the bin, these germs start to spread around its entire surface, including the lid.

Each time you touch the lid to put more trash inside, you expose yourself to these germs. Although your trash bin is inherently a germ-o-rama, your cleaning efforts can help lower the risk of these germs spreading to you and your family and keep you all safer.  

Although it's not exactly an enjoyable task, cleaning your trash bin can yield a number of benefits that will keep your home looking better, more comfortable and most importantly, keep you healthier. Contact a waste company, like Mountain Waste & Recycling, for more help.