If you’re involved with any form of communal refuse area at a property, maybe in a block of flats or office block, then you’ll appreciate how these areas have a habit of getting out of control. Whether that’s piles of additional items, or people not placing usual bin bags in the correct bins, it can soon escalate to a horrible mess.
If you’re an occupier or tenant this is a frustration, or if you’re a landlord or managing agent then it’s even worse in that you have the responsibility to quickly clear any issues and try to make sure this does not happen again.
Not a glamorous side to property management, but one that can cause issues from excessive service charges, to tenants wanting to leave, to health and safety concerns.
The Three Ways to Deal With
From our experience with these problems, here are three key issues to address, all beginning with the letter ‘C’. They’re not conclusive, and there may be multiple issues to look into, but these are the 3 key ones, which tend to be the bedrock of the problems.
With the emphasis on recycling and the complexities of many different items to get rid of, you need to make sure it’s clear what goes where.
Failing this, people will be lazy and go for the default easy setting – whether that’s slinging the bags anywhere, or just making an assumption.
So get different bins for different items to recycle, and add some clear signage of how this works.
And if you do have to deal with larger items like furniture or delivery cardboard boxes, then make sure people know how these are split and compartmentalised.
A simple principle of getting any excess and unallocated rubbish stored away correctly, but often the detail and procurement often being missed.
In the majority of cases it will be a case of correctly placed within a bin, rather than just lying around – but make sure people know how to do this themselves and there is someone around to help easily check this every so often, maybe the property cleaner who may not clean this area as part of their main duties but they can help spot any issues developing.
And the key is speed and making sure that this is done as soon as possible after any incident, because otherwise things can soon begin mounting up and even regular bin collections not happening because of items blocking the way.
Then make sure everyone is in the loop with how things should operate and how to deal with emergencies.
This is often through many methods, for example big-and-bold signs on site, building guides, and reminder letters.
And make sure all the right people are included, including the culprits if they can be identified.
Clearing Up People’s Act
So when faced with the frustration of messy bin store areas, don’t lose hope – by addressing the core issues and keeping on top of them, you’ll at last soon be on top of and seriously reduce the likelihood of this happening time and time again.
Make sure things are compartmentalised, and that there’s a system in place to keep things cleared-up in the right places. And ensure communication is effective to make sure everyone is playing their part.
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