I visit many retailers who are motivated to ensure their customer-facing areas remain free of graffiti and other unsightly stains. However, it’s not just your shop front and interior which can cause problems when it becomes dirty. Your rubbish bins, wheelie bins, and skips receive the highest exposure to rubbish, grime and bacteria – why shouldn’t these bins and the surrounding areas be added to your cleaning schedule?

Under the environmental protection act, businesses are responsible for ensuring their bins, skips and the surrounding area in which they are located, are kept clean and odourless1. Failure to maintain this area of your property, or the use of inappropriate cleaning methods which then enter drainage systems, can result in penalties.

Government departments have very good reasons for creating and enforcing the regulations. The disposal of rubbish attracts pests such as flies, cockroaches and mice, which carry diseases such as tuberculosis, salmonella and lymphocytic choriomeningitis.

Some of you may be thinking “I don’t have a food and beverage business, my rubbish wouldn’t attract anything”. Many retail managers are surprised to find that pests are attracted to more than just food. Cockroaches for example, are attracted to cardboard boxes. Almost all retailers have these in their bins!

As bins are usually in close proximity to your store, there is a real risk of pests and pungent rubbish odours entering your premises. This could land you in further trouble with the environmental protection act, and customers will be less likely to re-visit your premises after seeing pests inside your building or being subject to unpleasant smells. The presence of pests inside your property will require the services of a pest controller.

The key to avoiding such issues is to ensure your bins, skips and loading areas are regularly cleaned. By preventing stains from baking into the surface, you will make the task of cleaning much quicker and reduce the likelihood of nasty odours developing. And if a health inspector or head office representative drops in unannounced, you’ll have nothing to worry about.

Cleaning rubbish bins requires more than a spray from a hose or high pressure cleaner. Many stains such as food scraps, require specialist cleaning solutions to completely remove the stain. The surface needs to be neutralised to restore the cleanliness and cleaned with high pressure cleaning at high temperatures.

Our surface restoration vehicles are prepared to handle these type of cleaning tasks at all times. We carry 26 unique cleaning formulations and have high pressure cleaners with boilers and vacuum recovery systems. Our specialized equipment enables us to rectify individual stains, sanitise the area and collect all waste water.

Due to the importance of cleaning tasks and the frequent need for other stain removal services, many of our retail and shopping centre clients choose to engage our services through a scheduled maintenance agreement. Alongside bin cleaning, our agreements include key tasks such as graffiti removal, façade cleaning, pavement cleaning, sign cleaning, and the removal of difficult car park stains such as oil and tyre marks.

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1 Department of Industry, Innovation and Science