Safety is a top priority for Waste Management and is a shared responsibility that starts right at your waste container. A properly filled, maintained and serviced container is crucial in keeping our customers and our employees free from harm. To that end, we would like to share with you some best practices in proper waste disposal to help you maintain a waste area that is functional and safe for both you and our drivers.
These tips provide a few helpful suggestions on proper waste disposal such as: reducing container odor, keeping your waste area clean, and disposing of bulky items.
Loading Container: When loading your container, please ensure that your container lid can fully close. If your trash is unable to fit in the container with the lid fully closed, we will be unable to service your waste area. Keep in mind that if your trash volumes do change, we can adjust your service by increasing your container size or collection frequency. Remember, a quick service adjustment will allow you to keep up with your growing demands as well as help you avoid additional fees caused by container overflow or spilled trash in the waste area.
Reduce Odor: To help reduce odor around your waste area, remember to tightly bag your trash before placing it in your container. This will help to reduce bacteria build up and odor caused by spilled garbage.
Keep it clean: Regular cleaning of your container and the waste area surrounding the container will help to keep the waste area clean for easy access, reduce odor and minimize insects.
Cleaning your garage or shed: When cleaning out your garage or shed, please keep in mind that the following items are not apart of your normal waste collection pick up and should not be placed in your container: paint, paint thinners, oil, oil filters, oil rags and insecticides.
In addition, the following items require special handling and may not be placed in your waste or recycling containers:
- Appliances, batteries, chemical products, construction debris, electronics, flammables, fluorescent bulbs, hazardous waste, pesticides, liquids, medical waste/needles, tires.
Bulky items: Do you have bulky items that you need to dispose of? If so, please keep in mind that bulky items can not be placed in your container and require special handling. Just contact us and we will be glad assist you with any size bulky item waste collection.
Recycling tips: Store your green recycling bin in the garage or outside preferably in a shaded area. Where possible, place you green bin, recycling boxes and yard waste on one side of your driveway and place your garbage on the opposite side. If you have any questions or would like to purchase additional green bins, please contact us.
Yard waste: To ensure pick up of yard waste, the waste must be free of items such as metal, food waste, garbage, soil, sod and stones. Yard waste can include items such as: leaves, hedge and tree trimmings/branches, house and garden plants, garden trimmings, brush, lawn edging (earth removed), grass clippings.
Construction and Renovation Materials: Are you renovating or building a new home or building? If so, please keep in mind that construction and renovation materials such as shingles, tiles, insulation, brick, large amounts of wood require special handling and are not available for curbside collection. If you would like to schedule collection of construction and renovation materials, please contact us.
Safety Tips for your waste area: To ensure the safety of all, please maintain clear and safe access to your container. In addition, place your container in an open or well-lit area and ensure that the overhead clearance is a minimum of 14 feet in height.
How to avoid delays in service:To prevent delays in your waste collection service, please ensure vehicles are not parked in front or on the side of your container. In addition, make sure gates or access to your containers are unlocked for service and keep containers clear of snow and ice.