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EPA Waste Management Checklist for Schools

Proper waste management promotes good indoor air quality (IAQ), decreases the need for pesticides, and controls odors, contaminants, and vermin.

 

Waste Containers

Select waste containers appropriate for their use.

  • Place food waste or food-contaminated papers and plastics in secure containers (for example, covered containers or tied-off plastic bags). This discourages flies and other vermin.
  • Label bins clearly to minimize mixing of trash and recyclables.
  • Handle waste generated in art, science, and vocational/industrial classes separately. 
  • Work with teachers or administrators to identify the best methods for handling this “special” waste.
  • Line waste containers with plastic and replace them regularly. These contain­ers do not need to be cleaned and disinfected as often as unlined containers.
  • Store waste containers in well-ventilated rooms. Do not store them in rooms that have heating, cooling, or ventilation equipment that may circulate air to other rooms.
  • Empty waste containers regularly.

 

Dumpsters

  • Place dumpsters where prevailing winds will carry odors and contaminants away from the building.
  • Dumpsters should be located away from air intakes, doors, and operable windows.

 

 

Waste Management Checklist

1. Waste Management

Yes

No

N/A

1a. Ensured that waste containers are appropriate for use (for example, food waste containers should have lids)


1b. Ensured that waste containers are lined 


1c. Ensured that waste from art, science, vocational classes, etc., are handled separately


1d. Labeled recycling bins clearly


1e. Ensured number of bins and dumpsters is adequate


1f. Ensured appropriate location of dumpsters (i.e., away from air intakes, doors, and operable windows in relation to prevailing winds)




1g. Ensured waste containers are emptied regularly


1h. Ensured appropriate waste removal schedule


1i. Ensured waste is stored in a well-ventilated room


1j. Ensured any exhaust fans in the room are operating properly


1k. Checked waste storage areas for odors, contaminants, or signs of vermin

 




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EPA Waste Management Checklist for Schools

Created on February 2nd, 2012.  Last Modified on September 11th, 2016

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