Environmentally sensitive custodial management is fundamental for a green business because it reduces the use of cleaning products containing harmful ingredients to building occupants. Furthermore, conventional cleaning products can negatively affect water and indoor air quality depending on their content and disposal methods.
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COMPLETE THE FIRST two TASKs AND AT LEAST one MORE FROM LIST BELOW AND LET US KNOW WHEN YOU'RE FINISHED:
CREATE A GREEN CLEANING POLICY
This policy should address things like the cleaning products used, storage/mixing of products, and frequency of cleaning. Cleaning products used are to be both eco-friendly and healthy for your indoor air quality. If you contract out cleaning to a custodial service, be sure to involve them when creating this policy. Some custodial services may have green cleaning services in place already or as an option. Green cleaning products include, but are not limited to, those certified by Green Seal, Earth Sense, and the U.S. EPA's Design for the Environment.
SECURE EXTERIOR TRASH AND RECYCLING RECEPTACLES
Properly secure exterior trash and recycling receptacles to keep trash from being swept away by wind or rain and to prevent animals from getting into them. This simple activity will prevent trash from entering the river system through storm drains and covering nearby properties with litter.
Complete one more task either from the options below or custom solutions for your business.
INTERIOR Pest Management
Contact your Pest Management service provider and tell them you want eco-friendly and non-toxic applications whenever possible, and that if toxic chemicals must be used, you want the “least toxic” option. If a chemical that is not considered least toxic must be used because there is no other option or the pest problem mandates it, provide ample notice to occupants and include proper safety instructions. Consider keeping a log of all least toxic and toxic chemical applied to better inform your future decisions.
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Bulk Cleaning Supplies and Refillable Containers
It’s possible to reduce waste and overall cost by refilling most cleaning supplies from bulk containers using refillable bottles. Discuss possible options with your custodial vendor and contractor or staff. Ensure that you have proper and adequate storage space for bulk containers. If you have a smaller office, it doesn’t make sense to buy a 5 gal. container of soap so keep bulk sizes within reason to the available space you have; the goal is to reduce waste associated with your frequently used cleaning supplies.
STORE ALL CHEMICALS IN CONTROLLED AREA
Chemicals should be kept in a cool, dry location that can be closed off to other common areas in the office to prevent potential exposure to off-gassing chemicals to building occupants. This location should be inaccessible to children and pets. Ensure that this dedicated space and the chemical mixing area do not have an air return or plenum to prevent fumes from entering the ventilation system. If you don't have a space, like a closet, that you can dedicate to chemical storage, an airtight container under the sink or somewhere comparable will suffice.