Tired of residents leaving stuff behind? Try these helpful tips!

What usually happens when people are moving in and out of the building? Busy elevators and leftover junk. Boxes, old couches, mattresses, entertainment centers – you name it, it’s there.

As the city grows and more people are moving in and out on a daily basis you’re probably experiencing an overload of unwanted junk. This impacts maintenance time, creates eye sores and increases your disposal costs. All because someone decided to carelessly toss their unwanted items on the way to their new home.

Here are a few tips and best practices to prevent illegal dumping: 

  1. Educate your residents: In your move out packet, clearly highlight the fines associated with leaving items behind. Include this information on newsletters and other resident message boards. Promoting a clean community benefits everyone and it starts with being proactive. 
  2. Cameras: Real or fake, a camera around your dumpsters will make residents think twice about tossing a mattress or couch. It also helps prevent people outside the community from using your property as their personal landfill.   
  3. Signage: Hang visible signs highlighting the fines associated with dumping bulky items at the dumpster. Most communities have outdated signs, ask us about free signage. 
  4. Take action: Unfortunately you can’t eliminate illegal dumping entirely. So when items do pop up, get them removed ASAP. Letting junk build up around the property invites residents and their guests to dispose their junk.  
  5. Partnerships: Partner with a local junk removal service and offer residents discounted rates on hauling. This makes you look like a rockstar by saving them money and helps reduce disposal costs. At Music City Removal we partner with communities throughout Greater Nashville. Providing their residents extremely discounted rates. The more junk removed at the resident level means less coming out of your budget. 

Let’s face the facts, preventing every resident from dumping bulky items is nearly impossible. However putting these practices to work can help save your community thousands of dollars each year.




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