Does your bin smell ? That is the result of the waste in there being attacked by bacteria.
That bacteria lurking in your wheelie bin carries infectious pathogens such as Salmonella, E-Coli and Listeria.
These can cause rare but potentially lethal food-borne infections.
Think for a moment what you actually deposit into your wheelie bin over the course of a week:
Food remnants, Meat (raw & cooked), Soiled packaging, Decomposing vegetation, Used nappies, Tissues and the dirt from your vacuum cleaner.
Even when these items are bagged up the residue from leakage can collect at the bottom of your wheelie bin forming the ideal breeding ground for bacteria.
"disease-causing bacteria present in wheelie bins include E. coli, which can lead to gastroenteritis, meningitis and septicaemia; Staphylococcus aureus (Staph), which causes wound infections; and others from the Enterobacteriaceae family, many strains of which cause chronic stomach infections. In addition, fungal spores were found from Apergillus niger, which can trigger chronic lung and ear infections, and Candida albicans which causes both minor ailments including thrush, and Systemic Candidosis which can be fatal.
A scientific definition of cleanliness is measured at 155 bacteria per square cm. However, scientists found test bins to contain bacterial counts of many millions per square centimetre making them dangerously filthy. Even if E. coli is present in the tiniest of quantities it can cause illness and with readings of 13.3 million per sq cm found in the sample bins, the potential risk is considerable. Enterobacteriaceae levels rose to 128 million per sq cm after two weeks."
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