Post # 1
My neighbor’s dumpster is in my yard, to the left of their driveway. I rent, and the dumpster was there when I moved in, so I have never said anything. I didn’t want to be a pest.
It’s been 20 months and I am starting to lose patience. Firstly, their dumpster is overflowing EVERY week. I have no idea how one family can produce that much trash. It’s gross to look at and smells when it’s hot outside.
FOUR days ago, one of their trash bags fell of the top of the dumpster and a raccoon tore it all up. Every day more and more of it is getting deeper and deeper into my yard. It’s disgusting.
How do I politely tell them they need to clean it up? There are diapers, styrofoam cups, recyclables (mandatory recycling in our town, but they don’t botther to comply) and trash all over. I raked it into a pile near their dumpster (which is in our yard) and took a pic. There is an entire 15 gallon bag’s worth of trash in the pic.
Post # 3
I would leave a note or try to catch them when they come outside. I would be fuuuuuurious if I were you, but my best advice would be to be as nice as possible: “Hey, I’m bunnyharriet, I moved in xxx months ago. I notice that this is your dumpster in our yard, is that an agreement you made with my landlord? Okay, just wondering… [expectant pause- where they should say, oh I see the mess I’ll clean it up].” If they don’t say anything, “Well, I’ve noticed that it overflows sometimes, and it looks like a racoon ripped up a bag all over my yard. I raked most of the mess into a pile, but I’m wondering if you could clean up the rest of it? Thank you soooo much.”
Post # 5
Who has a full on dumpster at their house anyways? Are there any laws against all this trash? Is this considered littering? I would be irate.
Post # 7
@Dialysate: I would do this first! Be nice and see what they say.
If it doesn’t stop, then I would call the health department to give them a warning. And keep it up phoning the health dpt until they quit doing it.
Post # 8
Personally , I would call in a compaint to the city. I tried to deal face to face with neighbours nicely before. It doesn’t end well.
Post # 9
Complaining to the city might be the best course of action. Something tells me that people who are this inconsiderate wouldn’t be very nice to your face if you brought it up to them in person. A note probaby wouldn’t work either.
Post # 10
@Eight6Eleven: I hadn’t even considered contacting the city. That’s a good idea. I may do just that.
Personally, I am aggravated that we have been so nice in tolerating their excess of trash, and they slap us in the face by leaving their torn up garbage in our yard for 4+ days. Hopefully they’ll leave it there yet another day so I can contact the city tomorrow.
Post # 11
I agree that talking to the city would probably be the best course of action. This way, the neighbors wouldn’t necessarily know for sure that it is you who contacted the city. I know that some neighbors tend to hold grudges if you point out something that they don’t agree with.
Post # 12
@JKaitlin: Very true! Contact the city first since they won’t know who did it. If you talk to them first, then contact the city, they’ll for sure know it was you.
I’m impressed you’ve been so nice about it! I would have been livid. Good luck!
Post # 13
I vote contact the city too. As much as we all want to believe the best in people, directly contacting someone who is so oblivious to the fact their trash is everywhere may not do any good.
Post # 14
Erased because I just read about your landlord situation. If you’ve talked to these people before I say mention something face to face, if you don’t know them leave them a note and give them a week. If that doesn’t work you really may have to contact your landlord even though it’s inconvenient for you and them. If all else fails, file a complaint with your city, township, county, etc.
Post # 15
Make sure you take a picture in case he cleans up before you call the city! Then you have proof if he cleans up before they get there.
I know the above picture is a picture but take one with his address, the front door with his number on it!
Post # 16
Can you contact your landlord? It seems like he/she should deal with this.
EDIT: Saw your poll. I would still contact the landlord — it’s still his property.