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March 01, 2010
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POINT LOMA, CA — A new business, Scrubbish Wheelie Bin Cleaning & Sanitizing, has found success offering trash-can-cleaning services to area residents, according to the Union-Tribune.

According to the story, Warren Bishop, originally from Australia, said the service has gained popularity in his home country, and he''s banking on the same happening stateside.

Bishop said: "It''s hard to get excited about trash, but I do. The idea has just exploded in Australia. I''m a serial entrepreneur, and it''s got to strike me as something unusual if I decide to do it. This is not something people are used to."
Bishop says that he is often met with questions about whether or not cleaning trash cans is necessary, the story stated.
Bishop responds: "Flies lay eggs in there on food and animal feces, and then they go into your house and land on your utensils and food. It''s disgusting. There''s E. coli, fungi, bacteria. Spiders like black widows make their home under the edges."
Bishop uses environmentally friendly products, and emphasizes that it''s important trash cans be cleaned in accordance with local laws, the story noted.
San Diego city spokesman Alex Roth, who said he believes it''s good for residents to keep their trash cans clean, said: "You can''t just hose it off and let it run off into the storm drain. That''s against the law."

According to the story, bins are sprayed with biodegradable degreaser and sanitizer, loaded into a special vehicle equipped with a pressure washer to remove caked-on garbage and the dirty water is treated before it is disposed of in the sewer system.

Bishop, as part of a promotion, is charging $6.95 for one bin and $10 for two, and customers are able to sign up for monthly service, the story added.
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