Not everyone knows that their trash bin is a major breeding ground for bacteria. Luckily for those of us in the South Miami area, Sparkling Bins will keep your waste container hygienically clean, for as low as $5.75 per bin.
The idea came to owner John Conway after his wife chased him for weeks to clean their bins. After he spent hours on the process he realized a service for this task could really take off.
“An hour and a half cleaning my own bin, I thought – this is something I’d never want to do again,” said Conway.
This concept originated in the UK and Sparkling Bins has brought it to South Florida. “We’re getting a lot of traction, mostly from referrals,” said Conway.
As a first time business owner, he says it is “very exciting just seeing how it’s going.” In four months the business has gained 175 customers.
Sparkling Bins uses natural solvents that kill 99 percent of all known germs, fungi and viruses. All water and chemicals are collected into the self-contained cleaning unit to be recycled according to EPA regulations.
Sparkling Bins has an environmentally friendly truck that visits customers at their homes. “You waste 15 percent more water using a hose and broom on your own. With us, nothing goes into the environment, it all goes back in our truck to a water treatment facility,” says Conway.
“It’s really getting the awareness out into the community. People can get the flu, H1N1 [from dirty bins]; people aren’t educated on the hazards,” said Conway. He also warned that you can get fined for allowing dirty water from cleaning your bins to run into the public streets. Bacteria infested water will flow into storm drains, contaminating all bodies of water it enters from there.
The initial cleaning for new customers takes a good hour, cleaning both the inside and outside of the bin. From there, Conway says the point is to get on a regular schedule. “A good 40 percent of our customers have their bins cleaned monthly and 50 percent every two weeks. We do recommend at least monthly cleaning to maintain,” he says.
Currently Sparkling Bins’ focus is on the areas of South Miami, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest and Kendall. They are already in the process of adding two additional trucks within the next 3 to 6 months. He says it is telling that just driving around in the truck has people stopping and asking him questions about the service – and then signing up right on the spot.
Now there is an efficient, easy way to protect oneself from the hazards of bacterial and fungal infection contracted from on, in and around unclean trash bins. Sparkling Bins will leave your dirty, smelly bins disinfected, deodorized and smelling fresh. Leave the dirty work to the professionals.
Conway says, “It’s a great concept. It’s important that people know this service does exist out there and the key is to keep it affordable.” For more information visit <www.SparklingBins.com> or call 305- 382-BINS (2476).