For most small homes and businesses, garbage disposal is an easy process. All it takes is dumping the garbage bags outside into a dumpster for them to be picked up. But for high-rise buildings, a garbage disposal can be difficult for residents. It is not convenient for someone to carry a trash bag all the way down to the dumpster placed at some remote corner of the building. This problem of trash management can be perfected through the use of a trash chute. Therefore, it’s a must to have at least one centralized trash chute in the building.
A trash chute, often known as a garbage chute, makes waste collection quick and easy. It comprises a vertical tube that accumulates all garbage in one place and different entry ports that allow garbage to be dumped off from multiple places. It’s commonly found in residential and high-rise buildings and covers numerous floors, allowing people on different levels to reach different parts of the chute.
Below are the ways trash chutes make for an effective way to dispose of trash and improve the conditions inside a modern, high-rise structure.
1. Improved Sanitation and Environmentally Friendly
If disposing of trash is inconvenient, many building occupants leave their trash in common areas such as hallways, stairwells, etc. These common areas get cluttered, and when the waste starts decomposing, it attracts pests, insects, and rodents, thus leading to a health hazard.
Trash chutes can help with the problems caused by abandoned trash. With a trash chute installed, garbage bags can be thrown into the chute opening located on each floor. The bags fall directly into a dumpster.
Thus, the building residents reduce their potential exposure to harmful pests that they are likely to come in contact with because of the garbage. Moreover, the air in these common areas stays relatively clean and fresh, devoid of any pungent, foul odor.
2. Improved Convenience
With a trash chute installed in the building, garbage can be directly dumped into the chute opening provided on each floor. This requires fewer work hours and fewer resources to remove trash and keep the building clean. Some newer trash chute systems also have a separate chute for recycling, encouraging the building occupants to take part in environmentally friendly recycling programs.
3. Better Organization of Waste
It can get overwhelming if the building occupants have to collect and sort trash every day. A trash chute makes it easier for them to segregate waste to remove recyclable materials. Although a trash chute is an upfront investment, it pretty much pays for itself when you consider low maintenance and cleaning costs over time.
4. Hygiene Friendly
One of the best features of a trash chute is its ability to provide a ‘hands-free’ disposal of waste. The trash from the chute falls directly into a roll-off bin or dumpster. The full bin is then loaded onto a truck for disposal. All this happens without any human hands touching the garbage.
5. Easy to Install
A trash chute system contains a long metal tube vertically placed with the internal supports of a building. The chute’s opening is mounted within the wall, and it is connected to the main tube that leads to the lowest level of the building where the dumpster is placed. The easiest way to add trash chute is during the construction phase. But it can be easily installed even after the building is constructed.
Trash chutes are a simple, efficient, and safe way to collect, organize and transport garbage. These waste disposal systems are designed to provide a convenient method of consolidating garbage from the high-rise building into a single location for easier collection and safe disposal.
Erich Lawson is passionate about saving the environment through effective recycling techniques and modern innovations. He works with Compactor Management Company and writes on a variety of topics related to recycling, including tips and advice on how balers, compactors and shredders can be used to reduce industrial waste. He loves helping businesses understand how to lower their monthly garbage bills and increase revenue from recycling.