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How Your Tenants Can Help Reduce Your Trash Bill

Landlords and property managers sometimes incur extra fees resulting from an overfilled dumpster or the disposal of prohibited items. You can avoid this headache by taking the proper precautions and communicating waste disposal rules and guidelines to your tenants. Whether you’re the landlord of a rental property or the manager of an apartment complex, following these tips will help keep your trash bill low.

Lock Your Dumpster to Prevent Illegal Dumping

Consider installing a gate with a locking system around the dumpster to stop illegal dumping from non-residents. Allow key or code access to tenants only. That way, if the dumpster is overfilled or misused, you know that it is the responsibility of a tenant, not an outside source. Just be sure that the dumpster is accessible for trash pickups to prevent any failed pickup attempts.

Some landlords even place a security camera on or near the bin to track license plate numbers of those dumping excessive amounts of trash into the dumpster. If the dumpster is filled beyond its capacity or with prohibited items, you will easily be able to determine the culprit.

Teach Tenants What Can and Cannot Go Inside the Dumpster

Some tenants may not realize the consequences of throwing out certain items. To avoid additional costs from the disposal of prohibited items, ensure that each tenant is aware of what items cannot be tossed in the dumpster, including:

  • Mattresses
  • Couches
  • Car batteries
  • Propane tanks
  • Tires
  • Refrigerators
  • Pain cans
  • Hazardous materials
  • Household cleaners

Most of the items listed above can be disposed of or recycled through your local sanitation department. This information can be included within the rental agreement and reinforced every few months with an informative flyer placed in tenant mail boxes or a common area, especially if rules of disposal are violated. 

Implement Recycling Programs to Minimize Waste

Encourage tenants to recycle: 

  • Paper
  • Glass bottles
  • Metallic cans
  • Cardboard
  • Boxes

Not only is this a sustainable solution, but it will also save space in the dumpster to prevent overfilling. Provide a recycling guide to each tenant advising best practices for recycling, including: 

  • Rinsing containers
  • Breaking down cardboard boxes
  • Crumpling cans

Some condominiums and apartment complexes even organize a bottle refund system. All participating tenants rinse out bottles and cans to be stored in a collective container. Then, participants rotate the responsibility of bringing the items to the local bottle refund in exchange for cash. The money can either be split equally between tenants, or utilized for beautification of the property. 

It never hurts to turn recycling into a team effort, even if your state  does not offer a bottle refund system!

Schedule Trash Pickups to Accommodate Your Waste Needs

If you notice that the dumpster is overflowing regularly, you might need to arrange for more frequent trash pickups or reconsider the size of your dumpster. It is imperative that the area around the dumpster is free from excess trash or debris. This will not only keep tenants from costing you extra on trash bills, but also, even more importantly, prevent fire hazards. 

Our dedicated customer service team is always here to help you determine the best trash pickup schedule for you.


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