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How to Properly Dispose of Ashes

Posted September 19, 2018

With the cooler weather of fall upon us, everyone’s breaking out their fire pits and roasting s’mores! It’s important to keep safety in mind when sitting around the fire and when the fire is done. Hot ashes can cause major safety issues for not only you, but for our employees as well. 

Hot ashes and coals from fires can remain hot enough to start fires for many hours or even days after a fire is out. The amount of time it takes for hot ashes to cool depends on many factors, some of which include how hot the fire was, what was burning, how much un-burned fuel remains if fuel was used, etc. Please keep all of these factors in mind when disposing of hot ashes.

In order to properly dispose of the hot ashes, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • If possible, allow ashes to cool in the area where you had the fire for several days. These areas are designed to contain their heat safely.
  • When it is time to dispose of ashes, test to ensure the hot ashes are cool by placing them in a cardboard box or paper bag before disposal. In this situation, never leave these ashes unattended until they are cool enough for disposal. If the ashes are too hot, they will begin to burn through the box or bag.
  • DO NOT dispose of hot ashes with yard waste material. By placing ashes with yard waste, such as tree trimmings and leaves, the potential for fires increase substantially.

Please keep these tips in mind when disposing of ashes this fall.

Do Not Put Medical Waste in the Recycle Bin!

Posted March 5, 2018

As part of our initiative to keep a safe work environment for our employees, please watch the video below for more information on how to properly dispose of medical waste.

Collection Update: Inclement Weather 3/14/17

Posted March 13, 2017

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 – Due to the impending inclement weather, all Penn Waste collection routes will be cancelled on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017. (more…)

Medical Waste Disposal

Posted March 10, 2017

In 2016, Penn Waste received over 500 pounds of medical waste at our recycling facility! This is a public safety hazard for our team members who manually sort through the recycling, putting them at risk of getting stuck by a needle.

Medical waste is defined as potentially infectious waste materials generated at health care facilities. These facilities include but are not limited to hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, dental practices, blood banks, and veterinary hospitals/clinics, as well as medical research facilities and laboratories. Also included is at home treatment materials, such as syringes and other material used for medical treatment. Whether the material is used or brand new, to eliminate any safety hazard with our employees, we recommend that these items are disposed of in the proper manner.

Medical waste needs to be properly disposed of in the TRASH. We recommend placing any used needles in a heavy plastic container (laundry detergent bottles, coffee containers, etc.). This will ensure that the needles will not stick any of our employees during collection. In order to ensure that the lid will not open, please consider taping the lid to the container. BE SURE to place these materials in your trash bag or can. This will ensure that the material will be taken to one of our waste disposal sites and not taken to our recycling facility.

Please help us keep our team members safe!

Reminders for Winter Weather

Posted January 21, 2016

Winter is here and bad weather is in the forecast over the next few days. In order to prepare for the inclement weather, below are several winter reminders to ensure your safety, the safety of our employees and that your trash and recycling gets collected. (more…)

Driving Safety Tips

Posted November 19, 2015

Slow Down To Get Around LogoWorking in the Waste and Recycling Collection field annually ranks as one of the deadliest jobs in America. Many of these fatal accidents can be prevented by simply engaging in a few safe driving techniques.

Safety is our top priority at Penn Waste. In order to ensure that our employees are able to work in a safe environment, we ask drivers to follow these key tips when around any waste or recycling collection vehicle. (more…)