CPPCLO3019 – Transfer waste to waste carrier Copy

CPPCLO3019 – Transfer waste to waste carrier Copy


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Element 2: Transfer waste to waste carrier

2.1 Waste items are collected and safely transferred to waste carrier according to health and safety, and company requirements

By the end of this chapter, the learner will be able to:

  • Collect waste items from rubbish bins or storage areas
  • Transfer them to the waste carrier, considering safety requirements

Collecting waste items

You will need to collect waste items from the appropriate points. They may be loose or already contained in plastic bags. Ensure that you tie or seal the bags if necessary so waste can’t fall out.

Waste items may be collected from:

Office bins

External organisation bins

Medical or industrial waste disposal points

Recycling points.

You will likely have a routine to follow regarding when you collect waste items. This may specify how many times per day or week you should collect the waste from particular areas.

Remember to use the appropriate equipment and PPE when collecting equipment, which were listed in Chapters 1.3 and 1.5. If you are unsure what is required, consult your supervisor. For example, removing general office and food waste is likely to be easier and safer than removing medical waste.

As you are working, be aware of any new or unusual hazards that may occur. Even if you work in an area regularly, pay attention to factors like unusual waste, slippery floors, trip hazards and others. Continually re-evaluate whether you are able to complete your job safely.

Transferring to waste carrier

A waste carrier is any device, such as a trolley, that is used to transport waste from the collection point to disposal point.

As transferring waste onto the waste carrier will require manual labour, you should be aware of:

The waste’s weight

Environmental hazards

Your own strength, condition and any injuries

The path from the waste to the waste carrier.

If the water containers are stored outside, use waterproof covers to prevent rain creating run-off. When dealing with chemicals, ensure the container is compatible with the waste it will hold; for example, do not store acid or bases in metal containers.

2.2 – Biological waste is transferred to biohazard bins according to health and safety requirements

By the end of this chapter, the learner will be able to:

  • Transfer solid or liquid biological waste to biohazard bins
  • Understand and follow organisation’s health and safety requirements for biological waste.

Transferring biological waste

Biological waste is kept separate from normal waste and will need to be stored in special biohazard bins.

Biological waste will need to be transported using a leak-proof container with solid walls, lined with a suitable bag. The container should be kept closed whenever possible. It should be clearly marked with both the words ‘Biological waste’ and the universal biohazard symbol.

(Image source: https://www.grainger.com/product/JUSTRITE-Biohazard-Waste-Container-13M334)

When you have completed collection of all biological waste, securely close the bag and transfer it to biohazard bin. This will prevent spills within the bin, which require further clean-up.

If the biological waste is liquid, it needs to be stored in a clearly labelled flask or container which is then placed inside a second, leak-proof one.

It is important to minimise spillage during this process, so work slowly and carefully.

(Source: http://www.safety.vanderbilt.edu/waste/biological-waste-guide.php)

2.3 – Rubbish bins and surrounds are spot cleaned according to company requirements

By the end of this chapter, the learner will be able to:

  • Visually inspect rubbish bins and surrounding areas for cleaning
  • Spot clean any mess using appropriate cleaning equipment and tools
  • Understand and observe company requirements for spot cleaning.

Spot cleaning bins

Spot cleaning means that you clean only the visible stains or dirt, rather than the entire container. This saves time and resources. To identify where you should clean, visually inspect the bin area, both internally and externally. If the inside is dark, consider using a light or changing the bin’s location. Any stains, no matter how small, require spot cleaning, unless your organisation policies tell you different.

Rubbish bins may include:


Dump masters

Open trucks

Wheelie bins.

You may also have to clean the surrounding area as waste can leak out of bins and containers. You should check underneath the bin, beside it and any nearby walls. Unless you are explicitly told it isn’t your duty to clean these areas, you are responsible for any mess that waste makes.

Ensure you use the correct cleaning equipment and chemicals from the lists in Chapter 1.4 and 1.5. Try to identify what the stain is so that you can take suitable precautions, and be more careful when cleaning unidentified biological waste; it is better to take too many precautions than too few.

Be aware of your organisation’s requirements when spot cleaning.

Company requirements may include:

Organisation standards, goals and objectives

Client service requirements

Environmental protection guidelines

Quality and continuous improvement processes.



2.4 – Soiled rubbish bin liners are replaced according to health and safety, and company requirements

By the end of this chapter, the learner should be able to:

  • Replace soiled bin liners
  • Consider health and safety and company requirements.

Replacing bin liners

Any rubbish bin liners that are no longer clean (or you have removed) will need to be replaced. If you do not have these stored on the waste trolley, you will need to get them from wherever supplies are kept in the organisation and replace them as soon as possible. Remember that if there is no bin liner, the rubbish bin will be unusable and waste will accumulate; alternatively, people may put waste in any way, causing additional cleaning for you later.

When selecting rubbish bin liners, you should ensure they are appropriate for the job.

This means considering:

Type of expected waste

Size of bin

Volume or weight of waste

Presence of sharps in the waste.

Even a seemingly simple task like this can have health and safety implications which you will need to consider beforehand.

Health and safety considerations may include:

Disposing of the soiled rubbish bin liner

Manual handling when removing waste

Cleaning or removing any waste that hasn’t been caught by the bin liner.