To reduce the risk of trash fires occurring in hot weather, we have created a brief guide for waste disposal during high temperatures. For personal and community safety, avoid placing these items in your trash:
- Flammable or combustible liquid including gasoline or oil-based paint.
- Hazardous materials such as ammonia, bleach, pesticide, paint thinner and batteries.
- Aerosol cans still containing propellants.
- Hot ash from a fire pit, grill or fireplace.
Trash can give off unpleasant odor in hot or humid weather. Follow these tips to minimize odor.
- When throwing out meat and/or meat packaging, put it in a grocery bag and then into a kitchen bag. Make sure your container lid is completely closed to reduce any odor.
- Place all trash into a bag. This prevents liquid from settling at the bottom of a container and reduces odor and insect accumulation.
- Items that go into recycling containers should be washed out but not bagged.
- Keep your container lid closed.
- If possible, keep your container out of the sun.
- Rinse your residential container with hot water and soap after each pickup. Discard water onto gravel, grass area, and or into the sink to avoid pollutants going into storm drains.
- Remove buildup at the bottom of your container using a sprayer or pressure washer.
- Use baking soda to absorb strong odors.