Bacteria and Disease Typically Found in Trash Bins

In cities throughout the Coachella Valley, in Riverside County, wheelie bins are used for garbage collection, recycling and yard waste. In some cases, due to community or HOA guidelines, bins are required to be stored out of sight – in garages or specific/designated areas next to homes.

The basic problem that residents have is that these wheelie bins accumulate bacteria, dirt and other odors that are unpleasant. Typically, the homeowner or resident is not interested in spending their spare time cleaning their bins. When bins are stored in a garage, in addition to the noticeable odors, the homeowner is at risk of exposing their home to unsafe bacteria including Listeria, Salmonella, and e-Coli.

A study conducted by Johns Hopkins Childrens Center, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found that of 100 city bedrooms of children with asthma, 84% had detectable levels of airborne mouse allergen.1

If the homeowner stores unclean bins around the side of the house, in addition to the odor and bacteria, the home is exposed to an increased incidence of rodents such as mice, rats and raccoons. These unwelcome creatures are attracted to the heat and garbage is an excellent source of food. There are several diseases that can be directly transmitted by rodents. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is a viral disease that is transmitted by rodents and can be spread in several ways: inhaling dust that is contaminated with rat urine or droppings, direct contact with rat feces or urine, and infrequently due to the bite of the rodent.2

House flies are also extremely attracted to garbage. A female can lay a total of 5 to 6 batches of eggs (up to 150 eggs in a batch) and typically do so in warm and moist areas that will supply suitable food for larvae.3 Your garbage bins are a perfect spot. California’s warm weather, and the seasonal extreme high temperatures of the Coachella Valley, can accelerate eggs hatching – some within 12-24 hours. House flies are major carriers of disease. They are known to transfer over 100 pathogens resulting in ailments, including typhoid, tuberculosis, cholera and dysentery. House flies collect these pathogens on their legs and mouths when feeding on trash.4

To effectively eliminate the bacteria and disease that are typically found in trash bins, water needs to be heated above 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If the homeowner attempts to self-clean their bins and are unable to reach this minimum temperature certain chemicals would be needed to properly kill the bacteria. If the homeowner attempts to self-clean, with a garden hose, they are likely not equipped to properly dispose of the waste water. Disposing the waste and water into your yard can damage your property and dumping it down the gutter/storm drain pollutes the environment, and is against the City municipal code.5

Using our cleaning system and technologies, we are able to eliminate 99% of all known bacteria, leaving bins sanitized and deodorized, and safely dispose of the hazardous waste water. 

Luis Fausto