Trash & Dumpster Management

Goal

To prevent or reduce the discharge of pollutants to stormwater systems or natural streams using effective management of waste materials. Education and training, proper material use, source reduction, tracking waste generation and disposal, proper material storage, recycling, preventing stormwater contact and runoff from waste management areas are good waste disposal procedures. Keep outside areas neat, clean, and orderly.

Approach

Solid Waste Management

  1. Keep dumpsters, trashcans and recycling bins covered and properly contained, except when filling or emptying. Schedule pickup frequency to keep trash from holding the cover open. Open lids allow contact with stormwater, which dissolves and transports contaminants into the stormwater system. Open lids also invite pests to spread trash around.
  2. Do not put liquid or grease in trash containers.
  3. Check the dumpster or trashcan to ensure it is in good condition with no holes or accumulation of grime. Trash containers should be leak-free.
  4. Regularly inspect the trash enclosure and general area for problems such as trash not in the container and accumulation of grease or food on the ground. Clean the trash enclosure as needed to remove any accumulation of grim and/or general trash.
  5. Designate an area for trash collection away from storm drains. This allows problems at the trash container to be corrected before reaching the storm drain or flow offsite.
  6. Minimize storage of scrap metal by disposing of it periodically. Cover the stockpile during rain to reduce the release of contaminants.

Hazardous Waste Management

  1. Use the entire product before disposing of the container. Follow the manufacturer's direction on storage, usage, and disposal. Do not remove the original product label as it contains important safety and disposal information. MSDS information should be consulted for each product that is stored or handled.
  2. Use appropriate containment devices where the potential for spills exists. Keep hazardous waste in appropriate containers and under cover. Place hazardous waste containers in secondary containment. Do not allow hazardous materials to accumulate on the ground.
  3. Keep hazardous and non-hazardous waste separate.
  4. Check waste management areas for spills and leaks.
  5. Check with the manufacturer, OSHA, or poison control with questions or concerns.