Killers don’t always wear masks and carry guns. Sometimes they look like innocent plastic containers stored in your garage. That’s right – your seemingly harmless, albeit smelly – garbage can could be making you sick, or worse yet, killing you. Florida trash cans contain seven different bacteria, including E. coli, listeria and salmonella. Every time you touch your trash can, whether it’s lifting the lid to put your trash bags in or dragging it to the street by the handle, you are exposed to these germs. On the way to wash your hands, you leave the contaminants on the door handles, light switches and any other surfaces you inadvertently touch.
80 million Americans suffer from stomach issues like nausea and diarrhea and an astonishing 3,000 die from these conditions annually.
The bacteria and viruses are not only dangerous to people but also to the environment. Besides attracting flies, maggots and rodents, pollutants are flowing into our waterways.
Until now, the only solutions were to clean your trash can yourself or dispose of it and buy a new one. Cleaning your trash can yourself is not only a disgusting job; it is also bad for the environment.
People who clean their own trash cans use an average of 30 gallons of water and cleaning chemicals. This water is emptied onto the driveway or roadway and ultimately ends up in storm drains. Storm drain water is NOT treated; it runs directly into the Indian River. If just 10% of Brevard households clean their trash cans monthly, nearly twelve million gallons of untreated waste water will enter our waterways annually.
Enter Brevard County’s Green Can Cleaners. This innovative company has developed a self-contained system that uses high pressure steam to sanitize garbage cans curb-side. There are no chemicals and no runoff into storm drains. At 225º F all germs are destroyed, not just rinsed out, and the water is recycled. “In a place like Florida, where our waterways are such an important part of our ecosystem, it is vital that we do not use chemicals that contaminate them,” says owner, Peter Allen, a mechanical engineer, who designed the process. “Steam cleaning is the preferred method of sanitizing with consumers, healthcare advisors and environmentalists. This is important to us because we care about the health of our environment as well as that of our family.”
Green Can Cleaners uses the same process to sanitize playground equipment and shopping carts, which rank second and third in America for the most unsanitary places we come in contact with regularly.
Stay green & clean Brevard!