The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the world. Just think about it, when was the last time you’ve seen the entire world shut down? For most people, it has never happened in their lifetime.
When the pandemic first hit, panic ensued. People rushed out to the grocery stores and bought up all the water, tissue, and food. To say it was a bit scary would be an understatement. But things are slowly but surely starting to get better. While the world is still locked down in some places, people aren’t rushing out to buy up everything like they were at first.
To say COVID-19 has transformed the way we live would be an underestimation. It has literally changed the way we do everything. While there were, and still are, many national and local mandates designed to protect people’s lives and the economy, very few have thought about how this pandemic has affected the waste management industry. Proper waste management has always been important. However, with the pandemic, it became even more important.
With more and more people staying indoors, there has no doubt been more trash generated during this time. Generally speaking, however, the waste generated in a household is not considered infectious waste. Because of this, there are no special regulations that must be adhered to when picking it up.
Individuals should make sure they are following the instructions on all disinfectant products. Once empty, you can dispose of the product in your residential waste bin.
Due to COVID-19, many homeowners have questions about how to dispose of certain products and materials properly. Below you will find two of the most commonly asked questions about waste management during the pandemic.
Materials such as contaminated wound dressings, gloves, pads, and disposable bed linens should be double-bagged in a standard plastic garbage bag. Once it has been double bagged, make sure it is securely fastened. You can then dispose of it in your regular residential waste as you normally would.
This is probably the most common question that has been asked during this time. People are very concerned about spreading the virus. Everyone is trying to do their part to protect not only themselves but also their loved ones and neighbors. The good news is, disinfectant wipes are not considered infectious waste. This means there is no special protocol that needs to be followed when disposing of them. After using a wipe, simply dispose of it with your solid waste.
Please know that at Troupe Waste & Recycling, we take the safety of our customers, as well as our staff, very seriously. We are following all guidelines that have been put in place as a result of the pandemic. We are also doing extra disinfecting to ensure everyone remains as safe as possible. We also recommend residential customers spray down their trash cans once a week with a disinfectant such as Lysol or Clorox.
When it boils down to it, we are all in this together. Every industry has been impacted by COVID-19 in one way or another. It’s important that we all stick together and do our part to keep the South Shore and the rest of the world as safe as possible.
If you are searching for safe and reliable residential waste pickup, give us a call today. We would love to assist you in disposing of your waste the right way.