Janitorial Services - Waste Disposal Services

waste disposal

Most businesses have to deal with waste on a regular basis — ranging from food waste through to potentially hazardous biological waste.  It is important that this waste be disposed of appropriately and does not put any staff members at risk.

In many cases, there are government regulations which compel businesses to deal with different kinds of waste in specific ways.  In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has detailed regulations for the disposal of waste to avoid damaging the environment.  Businesses that don’t comply with these regulations may face fines or other penalties.

State and federal governments also have rules which require businesses to reduce the amount of waste going into landfill.  Your business may  be obliged to recycle waste when possible and separate hazardous waste.

One of the key benefits to using a professional janitorial services company is that they can help your business understand the applicable waste management regulations.  They will also ensure that your staff remain safe and avoid contact with any potentially hazardous material.

To help you understand more about waste disposal, this article will examine the most common types of waste which janitorial services deal with and the containers which they typically use.

The Kinds of Waste Which Janitorial Cleaning Services Handle

Professional janitorial cleaning services can handle many different types of waste including:

  • Non-hazardous household waste
    Non-hazardous household items including plastic packaging, glass, and food scraps
  • Hazardous household waste
    These are common household items which may be hazardous because they are corrosive, poisonous or toxic.  They include items like paint, drain cleaners, fluorescent lamps, fuel, poisons, pesticides, herbicides, batteries and motor oil.
  • Biomedical waste

    medical waste

    Potentially infectious waste from medical facilities including used bandages, needles, body parts, bodily fluids, discarded gloves, lancets, scalpels, cultures, and medical laboratory waste.
  • Electronic waste
    Some forms of electronic waste are considered hazardous because of the batteries and metals they contain.  They need to be dealt with in a specific way.  Electronic waste includes mobile phones, computers, tablets, watches, alarm clocks, smoke alarms, washing machines and televisions.
  • Packaging waste
    Discarded packing materials including cardboard boxes, plastic, timber and polystyrene
  • Food waste
    Discarded food and waste from food production
  • Recyclable waste
    Materials which can be reused or recycled including paper, cardboard, glass, aluminium cans, metals, some plastics, fabrics, clothes, tires, and batteries.


Professional janitorial companies have the training and experience necessary to ensure that waste is appropriately collected, transported, sorted, and disposed of.  They also understand the regulations that apply to different kinds of waste. 

Businesses can hire janitorial services and take advantage of the significant knowledge that they have on the proper disposal of waste — avoiding penalties for incorrect waste disposal.

The Containers Used By Janitorial Cleaning Services to Handle Waste

There are several containers used by janitorial services to collect and remove waste.  It is crucial that businesses have the right waste disposal containers available to ensure the safety of their staff and appropriate collection of waste.

Regular Black Bag Waste

Most non-hazardous and non-infectious waste is considered black bag waste.  It can be collected in plastic garbage bags and disposed of in the regular waste stream.

Recycling Containers

Janitorial services can provide a variety of containers to receive different recyclable materials including paper, glass, aluminum and other metals.

Electronic Waste Containers

If your home or business regularly discards electronic items, special containers can be used to collect and dispose of them.

Autoclave Bags

Autoclaving is the process used for handling bio hazardous waste including surgical instruments, pathogenic hospital waste and laboratory glassware.  These bags are very strong, thick and puncture resistant.  They always have a large biohazard symbol on them to alert staff to their danger.  Janitorial services can handle the distribution, collection and processing of autoclave bags.

Biohazard Boxes

biohazard box

Some types of bio hazardous materials can be placed in sturdy cardboard boxes that have a plastic lining.  In some cases, these boxes can speed up the handling of certain kinds of hazardous materials.

Sharps Containers

These containers are designed to handle used needles, scalpels and broken glass that has come in contact with bodily fluids.  Only highly trained janitorial staff can touch sharps containers.

Broken glass boxes

Broken glass that has not been in contact with hazardous materials can be placed in a broken glass box or a glass recycling container.

Pipette Disposal Boxes

Some laboratories and medical facilities require boxes to dispose of pipettes that may contain biological of infectious material.


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