Storage and disposal of garbage

Garbage is a potential source of illness.  Containers for garbage attract animals and insects.  When trash contains organic material, decomposition creates unpleasant odors.  Caregivers should take precautions to avoid these problems.


  • Trash and garbage should be removed from all occupied spaces of the child care area every day.
  • Garbage should be removed from storage and taken to a disposal center at least twice a week.
  • Use garbage containers lined with a plastic bag.  The liner reduces the contamination of the container itself and the need to wash the containers.
  • Use durable metal or plastic containers that keep out pests, do not leak, and do not absorb odors.
  • There should be enough containers to hold all waste properly until it is removed.
  • It is best not to use plastic bags as overflow waste storage without a rigid metal or plastic container.  This invites pest infestations.

Diaper containers:

  • Label each diaper container to show its intended contents. Clean these containers daily to keep them free from build-up of soil and odor.

Toxic and infectious waste:

  • Store toxic wastes and infectious wastes separately from other garbage, in clearly labeled containers.  Dispose of these materials according to instructions from the local department of health.


  • Dispose of cleaning wastewater (from mopping and other cleaning tasks) by pouring it down a toilet or floor drain.  Wastewater should not be poured onto the ground, into handwashing sinks, laundry sinks, kitchen sinks, or bathtubs, or wherever children may be able to touch these surfaces.