5 Steps for Creating Clean City Parks

City parks offer a great way to enjoy time outdoors and to spend time with family and friends. Unfortunately, the joy of spending time at a park can be negatively impacted when people fail to keep the park clean and safe for everyone to enjoy. As a park manager, there are several steps that can be taken to help keep the park looking great for everyone.

Step #1: Make Good Use of Recycling and Trash Receptacles

Perhaps the most important step to take toward keeping a park clean is to provide ample recycling and trash receptacles throughout the park. More receptacles should be placed near the areas where people are the most likely to congregate or to generate trash. Pavilions, concession stands and any other places where food will be served are particularly important areas for trash and recycling bins.

Step #2: Implement and Enforce Fines

Once the receptacles are in place, you can post signs throughout the park that encourage patrons to throw away their trash. Signs such as “Please Help Keep Our Park Clean” can serve as gentle reminders. To take it a step further, consider adding reminders that littering in the park is against the law and is punishable by fine. Of course, punishing by fine will do little to deter litterers if these fines are not enforced. Working closely with law enforcement to actively cite offenders will go a long way toward keeping your park clean.

Step #3: Maintain Staffing

Maintaining ample staffing is obviously something that is dependent upon your park’s budget. If possible, however, you should ensure the park is properly staffed with a regular cleaning schedule. In addition to emptying out trash and recycling receptacles, staff should be responsible for picking up trash that has not bee properly placed in a trash bin. Keeping the park clean should be a top priority for all staff members.

Step #4: Enlist in the Help of the Community

Getting the community involved with keeping the park clean is a great way to build civic pride while also keeping your facilities looking great. Contact volunteer groups to see if they would be willing to come to the park to clean on occasion. Hosting a “beautification day” is a great way to get volunteers to the park to help keep it looking great. You might even find a way to turn the effort into a competition with prizes given to those groups that collect the most trash.

Step #5: Prohibit Alcohol and Smoking

Cigarette butts and alcohol containers can become a serious problem in some parks. To help reduce the potential for litter, consider prohibiting both cigarettes and alcohol in your park. If making the park alcohol and cigarette-free is not possible, consider creating a designated section for alcohol and cigarettes and placing many trash receptacles in the area.

While taking these five steps does not guarantee a trash-free park, it will significantly reduce the amount of garbage cluttering the beauty and recreational opportunities your park has to offer.

 

Safety Tips for Enjoying a Great Springtime Camping Trip

With spring upon us, you might be starting to feel the itch to go camping. While camping can be a fun adventure or a much-needed getaway, it is also essential to take a few steps to keep yourself safe while camping.

Avoid Contaminated Water and Food

Before you head out on your camping trip, you will want to gather plenty of water and food to take with you. To prevent contamination, be sure to pack the food in tight, waterproof bags or containers within an insulated cooler. Before preparing the food, wash your hands thoroughly. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer. Throughout the trip, be sure to keep raw foods separate from cooked foods and to chill foods promptly after you are done with them.

Prepare for Wild Animals

Not only are wild animals dangerous in terms of potential attacks, but some also carry diseases. Therefore, you should avoid touching, feeding or otherwise getting near to wild animals. You should also keep your food in sealed containers and out of reach of animals in order to avoid attracting them to your campsite. When disposing of trash at a campground where bears are known to inhabit, be sure to place the trash in a bear-resistant enclosure. This will help prevent bears from wandering on to your campsite.

Use Insect Repellents

Ticks, mosquitoes and other insects can cause more than discomfort with their bites, as some carry potentially serious diseases. To prevent bites, apply an insect repellent containing DEET to exposed skin. Check yourself and your pets for ticks each day and remove them right away. You can also help to prevent bites by wearing pants, long sleeves and light-colored clothing, which will help you to spot ticks more easily.

Prepare for the Weather

Temperature, sun and other weather-related illnesses can be avoided by taking a few precautions. To prevent hypothermia from developing during cool nights, bring plenty of bedding as well as clothes that can be layered to suit the current conditions. You should also use a plastic ground clothe under your tent in order to keep yourself dry.

To prevent heat-related illnesses, drink plenty of sugar-free and alcohol-free fluids. Drink throughout the day rather than waiting until you feel thirsty to drink. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting and light-weight clothing while in the sun and take frequent breaks in the shade. Also, keep in mind that harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation can still reach you on cloudy and hazy days. To protect yourself from the sun, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen and lipscreen with at least SPF 15. Wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat will also help to protect you from UV rays.

Protect Against Carbon Monoxide

While on a camping trip, you may use fuel-burning equipment such as lanterns, gas stoves, heaters and charcoal grills. While these are helpful items to use, they should never be used inside a camper, tent or other enclosed shelter. Doing so could allow dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, which is an odorless and colorless gas, to build up. Exposure to carbon monoxide can cause illness or even death.

Safely Removing Medical Waste from the Workplace

While those who work in the medical field are the most likely to encounter medical waste, the reality is that workers in just about any setting may encounter medical waste from time to time. Therefore, it is essential for all employees to know how to properly handle medical waste if such as situation were to arise. While all employers should have standard operating procedures in place for reporting and handling medical waste, here are a few safety tips that should always be followed.

Treat Waste as Hazardous

If you should happen upon a red bag, a red sharps container or anything else that is marked with the biohazard symbol, you should treat it as though it contains hazardous material. The same is true with any sharps, blood or materials that appear to have blood in them. Before covering or handling the material, you should notify a supervisor. If this requires leaving the area to find a supervisor, barricade or otherwise mark the area as much as possible in order to prevent others from stumbling upon the waste.

Wear Personal Protective Equipment

Before handling medical waste, be sure to put on the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE). Wear gloves to protect your hands. While rubber gloves will help to protect you from pathogens, leather gloves may be necessary if you are handling sharps. In this way, you will be protected against possible punctures. Similarly, you may need to wear 6-inch lace-up boots with steel toes and puncture-resistant soles in order to protect your feet and ankles. If there is the potential to be exposed to infectious agents, you should cover your arms and other skin surfaces in order to keep them protected. Safety glasses and a hard hat may also be necessary to protect your head and face from potential splashes. Other types of special equipment, such as face shields, respirators, boot covers, dust masks and impervious clothing. may also be necessary to keep you protected.

Use the Proper Cleaning Methods

Often, cleaning medical waste involves doing more than simply picking up an item and disposing of it. Rather, it may require cleaning the area in order to remove all pathogens. In this case, you should use some sort of equipment to clean the waste rather than cleaning it directly with your hands. Whether you are using equipment or not, you should wear gloves to minimize your chances of getting cut or being exposed to pathogens. While cleaning, never reach into an area where you cannot see and remain constantly aware of sharps or other hazardous materials that may be in the area.

Dispose of PPE Properly

Once you have disposed of the waste, you also need to take steps to dispose of the PPE that you used while removing it. All clothing that came in contact with the waste should be removed as soon as possible, taking care to avoid contact with exposed skin. Remove the gloves last so your hands are not coming in direct contact with the other clothing items that you remove. Once the items have been removed, place them in closable, leak proof bags or containers.  

Exploring the Securr ValueLine Series of Trash Receptacles

Who says you have to give up quality in order to save money when purchasing trash receptacles? At Securr, we are pleased to offer the ValueLine series of trash receptacles as one of our many options available. While these receptacles do not have the extra features that are found in some of our other lines, such as the ability to include advertisements for marketing purposes, these receptacles offer the same quality construction that you have come to expect from Securr. Examples of the products available within our ValueLine series are as follows.

36 Gallon Square Indoor Trash Can

This powder-coated, 36-gallon indoor waste receptacle is made from durable, corrosion-resistant 18-gauge galvannealed steel. With their UV resistant powder coated finish, these receptacles can endure many years of use in even the harshest of indoor environments. Features include side opening doors, which allows the contents to be removed from the side instead of the top, a easy to remove rigid liner and a high-quality locking latch. This receptacle is available in black, forest brown, olive green, fir green and sky blue.

40 Gallon Square Outdoor Trash Can

This multi-panel, 40-gallon outdoor waste receptacle is constructed with heavy-gauge galvannealed steel frames and UV-resistant powder coated finishes, allowing them to withstand harsh outdoor elements. Other features include a hinged top, which allows for easy access to the contents, and a built-in bag ring.

Featuring interchangeable side panels that are bolted into place, the panels can be easily replaced in the event of damage without needing to replace the entire receptacle. Available frame colors include black, forest brown, olive green, fir green and sky blue while panel options include stainless steel and powder coated steel. Custom panel colors are available upon request, including the option to have side panels that are a different color than the frame in order to create a two-tone look.

32 Gallon Slim Jim Rectangle Outdoor Trash Can

This Slim Jim, 32-gallon rectangle outdoor trash can offers a slim profile that makes it perfect for use in areas where space is at a premium or where heavy foot traffic is common. This includes areas such as airports, bus terminals, city sidewalks and walkways, shopping malls and train stations. Constructed from 18 gauge galvannealed steel with a UV-resistant powder coated finish, these ADA compliant receptacles are built to last.

Features of the 32 gallon Slim Jim trash can include side opening doors, which allows the waste to removed from the side rather than the top, as well as a rigid liner that allows for fast and easy maintenance. A high-quality locking latch is also included. Available colors include black, forest brown, olive green, fir green and sky blue.

36 Gallon Square Outdoor Trash Can

This 36-gallon square outdoor receptacle is constructed from 18 gauge galvannealed steel with a UV resistant powder coated finish, making it capable of withstanding the harshest environments. Other features include side opening doors to allow for easier removal of trash as well as a rigid liner to make maintenance easier. This receptacle also includes a high-quality locking latch and is available in black, forest brown, olive green, fir green and sky blue.

Creating a Safer and Cleaner Environment with Trash Enclosures

When it comes to keeping your employees safe while also allowing them to work as efficiently as possible, it is necessary to give them the proper tools and materials. While trash removal is something that is often overlooked when making plans for a business or an organization, it is an essential component that must be addressed from a practical and proactive sort of way.

Let’s face it, trash can pile up quickly. Not only is it an eyesore, but it also creates a potentially unsafe workplace or business for both employees and customers. So, how can this be addressed in the best way possible? One excellent option is to purchase enclosures for your trash and recycling receptacles.

What are Trash Enclosures?

As the name implies, trash enclosures are like little garages in which you park your trash receptacle. As such, they are often referred to as cart garages. While the waste does not go directly into the trash enclosure, the enclosure holds the receptacle and contains a slot through which the trash can be passed into the receptacle.

What are the Benefits to Trash Enclosures? Trash enclosures offer many benefits. First, since they hold the trash receptacle inside of an additional structure, it helps to reduce the visibility of the trash. The enclosure also keeps the trash from being exposed to weather elements, thereby reducing the chance of it being blown from the receptacle or becoming soaked by rain or snow. This also prevents passersby from touching the trash, thereby reducing risk of injury.

As an employer, trash enclosures also help to keep your employees safe. In addition to preventing them from being overly exposed to the waste, a trash cart can be easily wheeled in and out of the enclosure. This allows employees to empty the trash by simply pulling out the cart and moving it to where the trash is to be dumped. These carts are also specifically designed to be used in the automated trash removal process, thereby allowing you to collect an extensive amount of waste and then rolling the receptacle to the area where an automated system can dump the contents into a dumpster or garbage truck.

Purchasing a Trash Enclosure for Your Business or Organization

At Securr, we are pleased to offer a variety of different trash enclosures from which you can choose, allowing you to select the size and design that best suits your needs. Options include 32-gallon, 65-gallon and 95-gallon options in either a solid body design or with the laser cut logo option. With both designs, the side panels are interchangeable and bolt in for easy replacement. In this way, if the panel is damaged, you can easily remove and replace the panel without needing to replace the entire receptacle. Both styles are also constructed with high-grade materials and finishes, including stainless steel hinges, UV resistant powder coat and galvanealed steel frames. As such, they offer exceptional corrosion resistance in even the harshest of environments. Visit the Securr website to learn more about our available trash and recycling enclosures.

Collecting E-Waste with the Help of Securr E-Waste Bins

Despite the impact that electronics have on our every day life, many people are unaware of the impact that e-waste has on our environment. To get a better idea of the effects of e-waste as well as how you can help to control it, it is beneficial to learn more about what it is and how to collect it.

Understanding E-Waste

E-waste is the informal name given to electronic products that are no longer considered to be useful, either because they are outdated or are no longer properly functioning. This includes items such as VCRs, televisions, stereos, computers, cell phones, fax machines, PDAs and copiers. While the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 was passed in an effort to assist with the recovery and recycling of such items, no clear definition of “e-waste” currently exists. For example, whether or not items such as microwaves and other similar appliances should be grouped into the e-waste category has not been established through regulations.

The Hazards of E-Waste

Since certain components of some electronic products contain hazardous materials, some e-waste products can be viewed as hazardous waste. In California, for example, nonfunctioning cathode ray tubes from televisions and monitors are considered to be hazardous. Some of harmful materials that can be found in these electronic products include cadmium, beryllium, lead and mercury. While these materials might be found in trace elements, they create a significant threat to the environment when added up in volume.

Disposing of E-Waste

E-waste can be disposed of in a few different ways. For example, equipment that is still functioning can be donated or sold to someone who might be able to use it. If it is damaged, but can still be repaired, the item can also be refurbished for additional use. For those items that cannot be repaired, another option is to recycle the product. In addition to reducing the environmental impact from the trace elements found in these products, failure to recycle these items also results in failure to recycle the glass, plastic and metals found in these items.

Unfortunately, despite having the option to recycle or reuse, many of these electronic devices are still finding their way into landfills. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that as much as 60 million metric tons of electronic waste is tossed into landfills every year. One step toward eliminating this waste is to educate the public about the need for collecting e-waste while also making the collection process simple and convenient. With the help of e-waste collection bins, the amount of waste collected can be significantly increased.

At Securr, we are pleased to offer an Indoor E-Waste Collection Bin to help meet this need. Our ADA compliant e-waste collection bin is made from heavy duty, corrosion-resistant galannealed steel. As such, it looks attractive while also offering durability. With its chute-type loading door, contents can be easily dropped inside while remaining securely in place until the door is unlocked. The enclosure boasts a 40 gallon capacity, making it possible to collect cell phones, modems, computers, printers, batteries and other similar items.

Take Your Collections to the Next Level with a Donation Collection Bin from Securr

Are you a group or organization that is trying to collect items for a particular cause? Whether you are collecting clothes, books or other similar items, having a donation collection bin can help to make the process much easier. In fact, here are a few of the benefits associated with using a donation collection bin.

Benefit #1: Make Drop-Offs Easy

With the help of a donation bin, you make it possible for people to easily make donations to your organization. Even if you have a store or an office, your hours may not work well within the schedules of people who are interested in donating to your cause. By offering a donation bin, you make it possible to collect items at any time of the day. As such, some organizations choose to place a donation bin right outside of their door. Some also choose to keep the donation box locked during their normal business hours so donators must come inside to make their donations at that time.

Benefit #2: Expand Your Service Area

In addition to placing donation collection bins outside of your business, you can also place them at various locations throughout your community. This helps to further increase your donations by making it more convenient for donators to make contributions. If at all possible, place these bins near popular stores or other areas that tend to get a lot of traffic. This way, donators can quickly and easily make their donations while completing other errands.

Benefit #3: Keep Your Items Safe

Some organizations choose to use a large cardboard box or other similar items when collecting donations, but these makeshift donation bins leave your donated items open to theft. In addition, if the box is left outside, the items are susceptible to rain, snow and other weather elements. With the help of a donation collection bin, your items are kept securely inside where they cannot be easily taken by passersby. Furthermore, the collection bin can be safely kept outside with your donated items being protected from the elements.

The Donation Collection Bins available from Securr provide the ultimate in protection. Not only are they lockable, but they are also made from top quality materials. In fact, every bin is corrosion and UV resistant. As such, the bins consistently maintain a professional and attractive appearance while also protecting your collected items from the elements.

For added security and convenience, each of the Donation Collection Bins available through Securr are internally reinforced with a lockable latching mechanism, ensuring your items remain safely inside and protected from potential thieves. At the same time, each bin has a loading door that allows people to easily place books, clothing or other items inside without gaining access to the contents.

If you are ready to start taking your collections to the next level, take a look at the wide variety of Donation Collection Bins that Securr has to offer. We are sure to have the size, color and features that you need to help make your collections a success!

4 Tips for Creating a Food Court

Whether starting a full-blown food court business or attempting to add some type of food court to an existing business, there are many factors that you need to keep in mind in order to be successful. If you are interested in setting up a food court or creating the food court experience, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Tip #1: Plan for Pedestrian Traffic

When looking at the space that you have available for your food court, be sure to consider how people will move in, out and through the food court area. By setting the food court up in such a way that encourages one-way traffic, you will help to keep crowding under control so people can move through the area easily. It is also important to keep enough space available for pedestrians to walk while carrying trays without fear of bumping into other people or items.

Tip #2: Provide Adequate Seating

Food courts experience a great deal of traffic during certain peak times, which are primarily around breakfast, lunch and dinner times when most people’s stomachs are programmed to become hungry. Outside of these peak times, you may not need to have a great deal of seating. During peak times, however, you will need to be sure to have adequate seating to meet the needs of those who will be visiting the food court. If you are setting up a food court for your employees, you should have a rough idea of how many people are likely to visit the food court during peak hours. If you are installing a food court in a public area, such as in a mall, determining these figures can be a bit trickier.

Tip #3: Make Refuse Removal Easy

By providing your customers with easy-to-use receptacles that are placed in strategic locations, you can limit the amount of work that you have to put into cleaning up after those who have dined at your food court. The food court waste receptacles available from Securr help to make this possible.

Designed specifically for high-volume food courts in both indoor and outdoor areas, our receptacles are made from corrosion-resistant steel and feature a top that is specifically designed for holding dirty trays until they can be retrieved for cleanup. Our food court waste receptacles also keep the waste enclosed and safely locked away. In this way, the waste remains inside the container until you are ready to pull out the receptacle and remove the waste. This innovative design also helps to alleviate stress on your back as the waste is easily pulled out rather than up from the receptacle.

Tip #4: Know Your Audience

If you are creating a food court in a busy downtown location, offering a wide variety of food types may be a good idea. By offering pizza, chicken, Mexican, Oriental and other types of foods, you are more likely to please a wide audience of customers. If you are installing a small food court in at your business for employee use or for a small group of customers, however, it is generally best to keep the selections simple.

5 Steps for Increasing Workplace Safety

Keeping employees safe in the workplace is of the utmost importance for employers. Not only do you have to follow OSHA guidelines to avoid fines, but workplace safety also lets your employees know that you care. Keeping your employees safe and healthy also ensures they are able to perform their jobs properly without needing to find replacements. So, how do you keep your employees safe? With these guidelines, you will be sure to create a safer work environment.

Step 1: Teach Awareness

Awareness should be a key component of your safety plan. By having regular safety meetings and addressing potential issues with your employees, you help to keep safety at the forefront of their minds. If everyone is vigilant about safety and addressing potential dangers, the entire workforce is safer.

Step 2: Get Expert Advice

Asking an expert for advice on how to make your workplace safer can be enlightening. Often, simple things that you may have overlooked can make a significant difference in creating a safer work environment. Furthermore, little changes such as using trash can cart enclosures can help to increase safety in the workplace. In addition to keeping the trash out of reach, a trash can cart enclosure makes it easier to remove the refuse without creating unnecessary back strain.

Step 3: Create a Plan

After assessing your workplace and coming up with potential solutions, you will need to develop a plan to implement your new safety measures. While some safety measures may be expensive, others may be relatively inexpensive or possibly even free to implement. For example, holding regular safety meetings with your employees to review safety measures will only cost you about 15 minutes of your time. Starting off each shift with a quick review of the proper safety measures will ensure safety is at the forefront of each of your employee’s minds. While you may be concerned about the lack of productivity for those 15 minutes, the payoff will be greater when your employees remain safe and uninjured.

Step 4: Implement Your Plan

Once you have created a plan that you believe you can follow, it is time to start implementing the new safety measures that you have developed. Be sure to look at all pricing options when purchasing new equipment or materials to assist with safety. If you are purchasing trash can cart enclosures from Securr, for example, you can qualify for reduced pricing when you purchase 25 units or more. While not all workplaces require this many trash receptacles, larger businesses can save while increasing the safety of employees by taking advantage of these bulk prices.

Step 5: Review Your Plan

While you have taken all of the proper steps to have your workplace analyzed so you could create a great plan, things change over time. In addition, as safety becomes more of a priority for your employees, more methods for improving safety may come to light. Regularly reviewing your safety plan and making adjustments as necessary will ensure you are continually improving the safety for everyone in your workplace.

Safely Removing Medical Waste and Other Regulated Waste

When it comes to removing medical waste waste, it is important to know that there are four major types of medical waste that need to be dealt with. These include: Infectious, hazardous, radioactive and general. By understanding these various forms and considering your needs, you will be better able to determine which type of medical waste containers are best to meet your needs.

Infectious Waste

Infectious waste is waste that has the possibility of causing infections to humans. This can include human or animal tissue, including blood or other body parts. It also includes items such as:

  • Blood-soaked bandages
  • Cultures
  • Discarded surgical gloves
  • Stocks
  • Swabs to inoculate cultures

Much of the waste that falls into this category may also be pathological waste, which means it contains either known of suspected pathogens.

Hazardous Waste

Waste that could potentially affect humans in a non-infectious way is referred to as hazardous waste. While it is not going to affect humans in an infectious way, this type of waste meets federal guidelines for hazardous waste according to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Some of the waste that falls into this category is medical waste, such as:

  • Sharps (an object that can puncture or lacerate the skin)
  • Needles
  • Syringes
  • Scalpels
  • Lancets
  • Culture dishes

Hazardous waste can also include chemicals, both industrial and medical, as well as certain items that can be considered infectious depending upon its usage and exposure to human or animal tissue prior to being discarded. These items include old drugs and chemotherapy agents.

Radioactive Waste

Radioactive waste is waste that can be generated from cancer therapies, nuclear medicine treatments and medical equipment that uses radioactive isotopes. Pathological waste that is contaminated with radioactive material may be treated under this category rather than as infectious waste.

General Waste

At least 85 percent of all waste generated at medical facilities is considered to be general waste. General waste is no different from general office or household waste. As such, it includes items such as liquids, paper and plastics that do not fit in the other three categories.

Handling Pathological Waste

While pathological waste is included in these categories, it is also designated separately due to the potential psychological impact it could have on observers. Waste that comes from a living organism is typically pathological waste. This includes recognizable tissue, body parts and organs from humans and animals. Materials that have been removed from the body during surgery and solids and fluids that are removed during autopsies are considered to be pathological waste. Teeth, however, are not included in this category. This type of waste is almost always treated by incineration.

Regulated Waste

The term “regulated waste” is used to refer to bodily fluid waste as addressed in safety standards and procedures described by OSHA. OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard requires businesses to have an Exposure Control Plan in place to protect workers and minimize the chances of transmission of hepatitis C, hepatitis B and HIV. OSHA requires that regulated waste be placed in closable containers.