Disposing of the household garbage in a private home is quite simple.
On the appointed day, take out the waste container, leave it at the curb, take it back in when empty — what could be simpler?
Waste management is a task every caretaker will be required to do on an ongoing basis.
In the case of a hi-rise tower most, but not all, will have garbage chutes on each floor. Some will have a garbage recycling room where garbage bins are set up and a separate section for recyclables such as paper, cardboard, bottles and cans. Residents will take their waste and place it in the appropriate bins. There may even be a separate area for cardboard. On the collection day, the caretaker will set out the recycling bins at the pickup point or area for the truck to take the contents away. In some cases the cardboard will be picked up by either the contracted truck or by a private disposal truck. Cardboard is worth money and from time to time a local guy with a pickup truck may offer to take it away for free. This is a good idea as nothing but cardboard will be added. If the person proves to be reliable then call him on a regular basis because from time to time you may need to get rid of something out of the ordinary and he may be your man.
Garbage Waste Bins
With a full load, the large waste disposal bins may weigh over a ton. In most cases a small tractor may be available to tow the bins to the collection area; otherwise, the truck driver will roll the bins out to the truck. As the caretaker, you should not try moving these bins by hand as you may seriously injure your back. Be aware of this system before you take the position. You should discuss this with the property manager when you take your pre-acceptance tour. You may have to turn the job down if you have any back issues.
Large Compactor Bins
If the building has garbage chutes on each floor, the household garbage will fall down into the compactor. These bins are large and will be picked up by the truck and taken away to the disposal area in the city. The trucker will place an empty container before he takes the full container away.
The residents will place their garbage bags in the chutes and as it gets to the dumpster, it will trigger the compactor to start a push and that will send the waste into the bin. Sometimes residents will put an overstuffed bag into the chute and it will block the way and stop anything else from coming down. If you are lucky, you may find it early and release it. If no one notices the blockage, it could result in 6 or 10 floors being blocked. This could take a lot of time to clear by way of a hoe or some other tool.
Waste Management and Garbage Recycling
As you can see, waste management is not to be taken lightly. In the winter, snow can be a problem and may block the pickup area stopping the trucks from getting to the bins. British Columbia in Canada has a very active recycling program. Containers of every kind must be placed in the recycling bins.
Electronic items including televisions, radios, computers and ipads must be taken to special depots for disposal. In a rental complex we once managed, the household appliances were slowly being replaced. The process we followed was to have them picked up and taken to the recycling depot where we would be charged a fee to get rid of them. When we began the job, a room was loaded with these appliances. One day, a fellow showed up at my office and asked if he could take some. I quickly agreed and he paid me for those he took. I have no idea how he could make a profit by taking them off of our hands as he would need to pay the recycling fee and he paid us $20 per item. As you can see, waste disposal is a big part of the job for caretakers.
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