Retirement villages are basically communities that provide an ideal place for seniors to live the fullest throughout their retirement. These places are fine-tuned with the essential medical equipment and basic necessities so retirees don’t need to worry about personal care. Retirees in these communities can focus more on connecting with people who share their interests and enjoy an active social life.
On another hand, the population in retirement villages and their frequent use of medical equipment and basic necessities often lead to the buildup of unwanted waste. The rubbish comes in a wide range, from residential to medical types of wastes.
Here are the common junk items found in retirement villages that you need to get rid of in order to maintain a healthy place for nurses, retirees, as well as visitors.
Among the most common rubbish generated in retirement villages is recyclable wastes. These are your everyday rubbish, from plastic containers to paper waste. The amounts of recyclable waste in retirement villages depend also on the number of population. That’s why bigger villages face massive heaps of recyclable waste that municipal collectors face difficulty taking out in one trip.
Recyclable waste in retirement villages include the following:
- PET and HDPE plastic bottles
- Beverage containers
- Corrugated cardboard
- Tin or steel cans
- Glass Bottles and Jars
So long as these materials haven’t been exposed to excessive bodily fluids, such as blood and urine, as well as pharmaceutical substances, it is deemed safe to classify such rubbish as recyclable waste and put them in large bins.
These are disposable and non-recyclable waste that should be discarded properly as they can clog up sewer lines and potentially contaminate the water supply or cause mild physical injuries.
Solid waste includes:
- Aerosol cans
- Pizza boxes and milk cartons
- Wet paper
- Home glass
- Paper cups
- Ceramics and pottery
Solid waste should be stored in bins until removal services haul them up for proper disposal. Paul’s Rubbish Removal offers same-day removal services which help you get rid of solid waste without waiting for them to rot and leak out into the environment.
Retirement villages are designed to make retirees feel the comforts of their homes. That includes the presence of many furniture which not only gives homes the familiar vibe, but provides accessibility and storage for medical kits, ceramics, and other objects.
Over time, tables, desks, storage cabinets, and other pieces of furniture – particularly those with glass panels break down and could pose serious risks to elderlies and the nursing staff. This is why damaged furniture in retirement villages should be immediately discarded to avoid further injuries.
The considerable population of retirement villages demands for bulk servings of nutritious food. The importance of food quality is significantly higher for people who are in care – however, this also results in amounts of accumulated food waste.
Food waste is yet another common junk generated by retirement villages. Letting food waste sit by the curb and rot can produce leachates that contaminate the water supply or pollutes the soil.
This is why some villages have recycling facilities that compost food and organic waste. Those who don’t, rely on rubbish removal services such as Paul’s Rubbish Removal to take out the food waste to be sent to composting facilities.
Nursing homes and retirement villages frequently use sharps on a daily basis. These are syringes, needles, lancets, blades, and other sharp objects that are used for administering tests, medications, and are used in minor operations.
Sharps are designed to penetrate the skin, that’s why even as rubbish, the risks of physical injuries brought about by sharps that are exposed to bodily fluids is seriously high. Most of the sharps are disposable and should be disposed of in metal and plastic containers with tightly shut lids and proper labelling.
Red Bag Waste
Unlike sharps and other medical waste, biohazardous waste and potentially infectious waste are put into distinct red bags – thus classifying them as red bag waste.
All red bag waste have had contact with potentially infectious agents. Medical waste that should be in red bags include:
- Gauze and bandages
- Specimen cups
- Personal protective equipment
- Blood soaked items and clothing
- Gloves, gowns, intravenous bags
- Table paper napkins
Red bag waste cannot go into regular trash and should be treated via an autoclave and incinerated. It is subject to different EPA regulations and retirement villages, as well as medical facilities, do not consider them as recyclable material.
It is undeniable that retirement villages accumulate massive amounts of all kinds of rubbish over a small amount of time. Similarly, a different type of rubbish poses specific health risks to the retirees, families, and staff. That’s why it is essential that all of these junk has to be removed as soon as they pile up – and Paul’s Rubbish Removal is the smart choice for removing any kind of waste.
Our team will be arriving at the area equipped with adequate tools to efficiently take out all sorts of rubbish, eliminating the health risks associated with them. In addition, our network of recycling and disposal facilities recycle as much material as possible while biohazardous and toxic waste is sterilised and completely discarded. Paul’s Rubbish Removal is committed to diverting as much waste from landfills as possible.
Moreover, we are devoted to sharing our knowledge of efficient waste management and effective recycling techniques so you get more value for your worth. We value your health and safety as much as you do, so feel free to set a booking with our friendly staff at 0407 125 125 or email us for inquiries and a free quote.