Keeping our workspaces clean and sustainable is crucial in today's environmentally conscious world. One often overlooked aspect of this is the proper placement of trash cans and recycling bins. By strategically positioning these receptacles, we can encourage better waste management practices and minimize litter. So let’s explore some tips for optimizing the placement of Securr’s trash cans and recycling bins in your workplace.
First and foremost, make sure to place trash cans and recycling bins in easily accessible areas. Consider the flow of foot traffic within your commercial space and identify high-traffic zones, such as entrances, break rooms, and common areas. Install bins in visible and convenient locations within these areas to encourage people to dispose of their waste properly. By placing bins near where people naturally gather or pass by, you'll make it easier for them to discard trash and recyclables without having to go out of their way.
Bin quantity and size
Determining the appropriate number of trash cans and recycling bins needed is essential. Consider the size of your space and the number of people using it. A general guideline is to have at least one trash can and one recycling bin for every 30-35 employees. However, adjust this ratio based on the specific needs and size of your workspace. Also, make sure to choose bins with sufficient capacity to accommodate the expected volume of waste. When in doubt, check the OSHA requirements for trash cans in the workplace.
Pairing trash and recycling bins
To promote recycling, pair trash cans with recycling bins throughout your premises. Place them side by side or opt for Securr’s multistream bins. Ensure the recycling bins are clearly marked and distinguishable from the trash cans to avoid confusion. Use color-coded bins or signage with clear labels indicating which items go where. This way, people will have a convenient and obvious option for disposing of their recyclables, increasing the likelihood of proper waste separation.
Signage and instructions
Consider placing informative signs near trash cans and recycling bins to provide clear instructions on what can and cannot be disposed of in each. Include visual cues, such as icons or pictures, to make it easier to understand. For recycling bins, specify the types of materials that can be recycled, such as paper, plastic, glass, or metal. This will help prevent contamination of recyclables and ensure that waste is properly sorted. Securr has recently partnered with Recycle Across America to provide society-wide standardized labels for our recycling bins.
If your commercial setting has outdoor areas, don't forget to place trash cans and recycling bins there as well. Outdoor spaces, such as patios, courtyards, or smoking areas, often accumulate more trash. Additionally, consider using weather-resistant bins to withstand outdoor conditions. By providing bins in outdoor spaces, you can discourage littering and promote a clean environment.
Lastly, it's crucial to establish a regular maintenance routine for emptying and cleaning the bins. Overflowing or dirty trash cans can discourage people from using them and contribute to a messy appearance. Determine the frequency of bin emptying based on the waste generation rate in different areas of your workspace. Additionally, assign responsibilities to cleaning staff or create a schedule to ensure bins are emptied promptly. Regularly inspect and clean the bins to prevent unpleasant odors or pest infestations.
Contact Securr today!
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