Nursing Home Sanitation: Special Considerations And How To Approach Them

If you own and operate a nursing home, there is going to be a lot of refuse of various sorts coming out of your business. Special consideration has to be given to what will need to leave your nursing home as refuse. How are you going to handle that much waste, and how are you going to handle waste items that ordinarily do not exit other types of businesses? Clearly, you will need some roll-off dumpster services, but how do you handle the very different types of waste? Take a closer look. 

One Dumpster for Food Waste

Feeding dozens of residents in a nursing home means that there will be a lot of food waste. Food waste should be kept separate because of the potential for pests in the bins. Food waste is also mostly organic in nature, which means that it can be hauled and dumped at a specific location where it will break down naturally. The dumpster company can deliver one or two of the smallest-available bins and swap out the full bins for empty ones when they take a full bin to the dump. 

One Dumpster for Recycling

A lot of paper products may be in use in a nursing home. This includes napkins, paper towels, cardboard delivery boxes for food and hygiene products, etc.. Use one large dumpster for recycling and schedule to have it picked up and emptied every other week. There may be weeks when your recycling dumpster may be fuller than other weeks, but a consistent routine of every other week ensures that you are able to continue to remove recyclables from your nursing home and not have them clutter up storage areas. 

One Dumpster for Adult Incontinence Products

This special consideration is particularly unique to nursing homes. Each adult that has incontinence issues will go through at least eight adult briefs a day, which ends up being a lot of used products in a week. The largest roll-off dumpster you can find will be necessary for this particular waste need. Most nursing homes collect these products in garbage bags on rounds and then double-bag the full bags to reduce odors before tossing the bags outside. It is necessary to keep these bags of incontinence waste separate from all other forms of waste so that the dumpster company can transport this dumpster to a specific dump site and not to any general dump zone.