Identifying potential sources for pathogens in our buildings is more important than ever before, and employing proven facility maintenance strategies can help efforts to limit potential exposure of building occupants to these indoor pollutants and pathogens sources, and create a healthier building environment.
Waste, Recycling, and Compostable Material Management is an important part of Step 5 of the WAXIE RE6 Building Re-entry plan since an effective plan combined with the right receptacles and liners can help to contain and remove pollutants and pathogens which may be present in the waste stream. Deploying the right size receptacles and associated liners, along with an effective plan for containment and removal of waste and recyclables, can help to minimize potential exposure of building occupants to biological pollutants and pathogens.
People whose business have been closed and people who have been working from home now have to think about what returning to the physical office or facility means for them. Due to the new “back to work” guidelines it would be advisable to re-evaluate trash collection sites and systems that were in place before COVID-19.
More or larger trash cans and liners may be needed in restrooms where more people will be washing their hands more frequently. In addition, air hand dryers that circulate bacteria are being replaced with no-touch paper towel dispensers, so plans will need to be made to account for this additional material.
More or larger trash cans and liners may also be needed in classrooms or offices where more people will be eating. The CDC recommends that buildings close communal break rooms and cafeterias, or that they stagger use so that there are fewer people congregating at a time. Naturally some people will feel more comfortable eating their lunch in the privacy of their office. And in schools students may be asked to eat in their classrooms.
Film thickness is no longer the standard for judging bag strength. Advanced resins and additives have allowed manufacturers to produce thinner,
lighter trash bags that are stronger than thicker bags made from lesser quality raw materials.
Static load (lifting strength) is the best way to choose bag strength. See example in Step 4.
Select from the WAXIE Product Catalog or from the “Product” section on the WAXIE website (www.waxie.com).
In addition, a Coreless Roll Holder can be used to dispense liners in a way which minimizes human touch, and can be mounted on any waste receptacle, maid’s cart, janitor’s cart, or on the wall. These holders can also help to minimize random usage and pilferage.
709010 - H1000 CORELESS ROLL HOLDERS 4/CS
It would also be advisable that compostable food service items such as cutlery, plates, bowls, containers and cups be disposed of properly. You may want to consider adding more or larger compost receptacles for use with compostable trash liners.
Consider adding recycling containers for plastic, glass, paper and more along with the “right size” trash can liners that fit properly with less plastic sent to the landfill. Please refer to the WAXIE Waste Diversion & Recycling brochure for additional information about creating a waste diversion and recycling program for your facility.
WAXIE Waste Diversion & Recycling brochure
Finally, Aqua Res Water Soluble Can Liners can help reduce contact with potentially contaminated linens in healthcare and hospitality industries, and reduce labor by eliminating the need to empty laundry bags.