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Neighbours throwing their trash in our bins - What to do?

We're currently dealing with a problem of other people throwing away their trash (tax-bag-less) into our private trash bins.

We live on the corner (at the beginning) of a long street with at least 30 different households coming and going past our house. We also live right next to the bus stop. We've had people throw their beer bottles and energy drinks, broken umbrellas, bags full of trash and today a fairly large amount of bubble wrap in our bin. Sometimes, the trash is left next to or on top of the bin instead of inside. About 2 weeks ago, my boyfriend saw someone walking near our house with an un-taxed bag of stinky trash. This stranger was looking through our bushes when she saw my boyfriend, quickly looked away, and proceeded to the bus stop with her trash bag. She got on to the bus with the trash while my boyfriend watched her from our mailbox.

It's always been a nuisance that we ignored, but our friendly neighbours seem to be getting more and more "extravagant" and frequent with their gifts. We've already received warnings from the collection workers and we don't want it to continue into a fine.

We've got limited yard space which means there's no other place to put our bins. Does anyone have some advice apart from finding locks for them?
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Old 12.11.2015, 14:44
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Re: Neighbours throwing their trash in our bins - What to do?

Sorry to say, but get locks. That is the only way you will be able to stop this problem. "Tourist" garbage is impossible to track, some areas suffer more than others. But even if you mount a top of the line camera surveillance and find out who exactly is doing it, it won't stop the problem because there will always be someone else.

And the worse part is, you can actually be fined for someone else's improperly disposed garbage.

Protect yourself and get locks.
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Re: Neighbours throwing their trash in our bins - What to do?

Thanks for your reply, I was hoping I wouldn't have to resort to locks.

I have a feeling locks wont stop it though. They've already been so brash as to leave their trash next to the bins when ours is full.

I wonder if there are traps I can set that spray people with paint and stinkbombs? Would that be too far?
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Re: Neighbours throwing their trash in our bins - What to do?

Agree with the locks, it's the only way to be sure. I would also contact the commune and explain the situation and maybe have a key available for the rubbish collectors.
Are people aware it is your private bin? Many neighbourhoods have communal bins and people possibly think yours is it (although, I think they're just being lazy/taking the piss).
BTW, stink bombs and paint traps are NOT the way to go.
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Re: Neighbours throwing their trash in our bins - What to do?

Yes people should be aware its our private bin. The bins are the small standard ones and are fenced in on our property behind a small gate.

We'll probably look for some locks that will be able to fit on our bins.
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Yes people should be aware its our private bin. The bins are the small standard ones and are fenced in on our property behind a small gate.

We'll probably look for some locks that will be able to fit on our bins.
Maybe stick up a few 'Privat property' and 'Video surveillance' signs. It will at least remind anyone thinking about it that they are being arseholes as well as breaking the law. Maybe a lock on the gate as well, or can they reach the bin over the top?
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Re: Neighbours throwing their trash in our bins - What to do?

Video stickers on the bin and locks.
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Re: Neighbours throwing their trash in our bins - What to do?

Stickers could be a good starting point. Our gate is barely waist high so people can definitely still effortlessly fling things over if they wanted.

We've contacted the Lausanne city office and they've forwarded our problem to the trash management. Hopefully they will be able to ensure we don't get fined if a few pieces of trash show up in our bins from time to time.
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Re: Neighbours throwing their trash in our bins - What to do?

Maybe because I live in an upmarket area, but, on moving in, we were provided (not free, though) with lockable wheelie bins.

I thought that will stop the beggars stealing my rubbish ..... but the real reason is that we are charged by weight, and I ain't going to pay for other peoples crap.
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Stickers could be a good starting point. Our gate is barely waist high so people can definitely still effortlessly fling things over if they wanted.

We've contacted the Lausanne city office and they've forwarded our problem to the trash management. Hopefully they will be able to ensure we don't get fined if a few pieces of trash show up in our bins from time to time.

...so are you able to put a lock on it or not?
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Re: Neighbours throwing their trash in our bins - What to do?

My suggestion would be:
  1. Lock key by the commune
  2. I do think Lausanne is a city with more surveillance, so, fake surveillance camera: http://www.elv.ch/dd3-dome-ueberwach...efid=SEM_30011 with a notice near the bin (kinda hidden camera but noticeable, otherwise if it's too obvious people will suspect its fake)
  3. Request commune to add public trash bin at the bus stop
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Re: Neighbours throwing their trash in our bins - What to do?

I'd be careful with video cameras, if it shows the public on the path, then it'd probably be deemed a disproportionate invasion of privacy.

Even a fake one might cause you hassle; if it gets reported, you'll still have to deal with the initial enquiry.
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I'd be careful with video cameras, if it shows the public on the path, then it'd probably be deemed a disproportionate invasion of privacy.

Even a fake one might cause you hassle; if it gets reported, you'll still have to deal with the initial enquiry.

Not actually putting up cameras, just the stickers that say so
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Re: Neighbours throwing their trash in our bins - What to do?

No-one has private bins here, no collection either. The large Molock public bins can only be opened with a credit card type with the households private account number- job done. I'd defo talk to your Council and ask for advice, and probably the only was will be to install a lock, I'm afraid.
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Re: Neighbours throwing their trash in our bins - What to do?

Thank you everyone for your suggestions.

No, we have not managed to put on a lock today. Our garbage bins don't have latches so we'll have to engineer some way to attach a lock to it.

We're also going to be placing the green "general" bin further away from the street so that they'd have to walk in a bit more if they wanted to throw something away, as well as placing stickers. Hopefully that will deter some of the less brazen ones.

We're contacting the local trash authority so hopefully they can give us some advice, in the meantime we'll be on the lookout for locks.
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Video stickers on the bin and locks.
Agree with the above.

Little research on my own. I'm a sign-maker. Some signs I do get damaged. As soon as we make "video sticker" they never damaged the sign afterwards.
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It's always been a nuisance that we ignored, but our friendly neighbours seem to be getting more and more "extravagant" and frequent with their gifts. We've already received warnings from the collection workers and we don't want it to continue into a fine.
We've got limited yard space which means there's no other place to put our bins. Does anyone have some advice apart from finding locks for them?
Locks will generally not stop the problem of the illegal dumping. Locking the bin only pushes the problem onto the pavement. Whoever is doing it, will simply place the rubbish on top of the bin, next to it, on the pavement or fling it into your garden/yard area!

It is like the newer litter bins dotted around the country, that seem to have smaller and smaller openings as the years go by, presumably to prevent people disposing of entire bags of rubbish or larger items that should be disposed of elsewhere. One problem! The rubbish can simply be left next to the bin, so the tiny letter-box size openings actually don't help matters, but actually create more unsightly rubbish dumping areas! It's absurd! The smaller openings not only do not resolve the problem, they make it worse!

If the rubbish is not yours, then you shouldn't be find for it. The authorities could try to trace the rubbish, by opening the bags (not all authorities bother - as this in itself costs even more time, resources and money). If whoever is doing this has placed anything inside these non-taxed/non-official sacks that leads back to them, like their name, address or contact numbers, then it should be that person who receives the fine, not you. Though having said that, it would still have to be proven that it was actually that person who dumped the rubbish illegally in that place in the non-taxed sack! At that stage, if the fine were to be contested, it would probably become a criminal matter involving the police.

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Locks will generally not stop the problem of the illegal dumping. Locking the bin only pushes the problem onto the pavement. Whoever is doing it, will simply place the rubbish on top of the bin, next to it, on the pavement or fling it into your garden/yard area!
Surely that will then no longer be the OP's problem though? She's not a full time street sweeper, and can only be expected to secure her own bin interior, not the surrounding area?
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Re: Neighbours throwing their trash in our bins - What to do?

I understand there is not much space to put the bin but I would find an other place /option.
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