If you operate a homeless shelter and you need to deal with a build-up of garbage, you may be considering calling in a rubbish removal service. However, before you do so, it is important that you think about a few things that make garbage removal from your shelter unique. Read on to find out more.
Make sure you don't throw out people's belongings
One of the first things you will need to do is to clearly identify which items are rubbish and which items are the treasured belongings of a homeless person. At first glance, there may not appear to be much difference between the two. However, what might look like trash to you may, in fact, be an item which has been collected by a homeless person while they were living on the streets. If you accidentally dispose of a person's belongings, you could cause a great deal of upset. To avoid this issue, you should clearly separate out your rubbish and keep it in a sealed area so it cannot get mixed up with the items you do not wish to dispose of. You should also consider providing an area in which homeless people can keep their things. When the rubbish removal team arrive on site, you should instruct them to not touch anything in the area which is reserved for homeless people's belongings. You may also wish to tag the rubbish with stickers so it is clear what is to be removed.
Make sure that the removal people understand the risk posed by sharps
If the homeless people in your shelter use drugs, it is possible that needles may have found their way into your trash. Before the removal team begin work, you should make sure they are aware of the risk posed by needles so they can protect themselves. The garbage removal team should wear protective eyewear, thick gloves and industrial coveralls to protect themselves from the risk of suffering a sharps injury. This is important because needles can transmit blood-borne viruses and infections.
Make sure you consider recycling your rubbish
Finally, you should always take the time to consider if the rubbish you are throwing out could be recycled for use by the homeless. Items such as old clothes, canvas sheets and cardboard may be useful to someone who is living on the streets.
If you are interested in finding out more, you should contact a company with rubbish removal services.