What To Do When Someone's Dumping Trash In Your Recycling Containers

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Illegal dumping of trash and construction debris is annoying enough when the items are placed in a trash container, but it's even more annoying when things that are clearly trash are lobbed into a recycling container. Not only does that take up room, but it ruins the batch of recycling unless someone comes by and separates it all again. If you have large recycling containers (dumpster-style) it can be even worse as the dumped materials can contain mattresses and even old appliances. To prevent this, you have to approach it from multiple angles.

Lockable Fence

One part of the solution is to enclose the containers in their own alcove. If you've seen businesses with their dumpsters inside concrete enclosures with locks on the doors, that's what you might need to do if you have room. You'll have to give the trash and recycling companies keys to the locks, but other than that, you can keep the keys in your office and have employees pick them up as needed.

Surveillance and Legal Action

If you can't do that or if people then dump the items on the ground in front of the alcove, you need to install surveillance cameras. Sometimes posting signs and no actual cameras does the trick, but if that doesn't work for you, a short-term contract with a surveillance company may be necessary. If that sounds like an overreaction, it's not; you get charged for how often recycling and other items are picked up, and you could be fined for having trash mixed in with your recycling. If you can find out who's doing the dumping, you can go after them for reimbursement of fines, for example.

Contact the City

You can also enlist the help of the city you're in. Your local council member or alderman may be able to help get the initially dumped amount removed without charging you, and the communication can also start a record of incidents that will help you if the behavior continues and you start to see fines or other problems as a result. Your city wants you to recycle properly, and if you can get them involved, you can save yourself a lot of trouble down the road.

It doesn't hurt to let someone randomly add a recyclable can or two to your business's recycling containers, but don't let illegal trash dumpers take over the receptacles. Contact your recycling company, too, for additional help. For more information, contact a professional in your area or visit a website like http://parksandsons.com.

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19 October 2016

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