3 Tips To Prevent People From Using The Dumpster At Your Retail Store

Posted on: 10 March 2016

As a retail store owner, you might have a roll-off dumpster behind your business so that you can get rid of garbage. However, you might have found that people in the community are constantly putting their own garbage in your bin. It might not have seemed like a big deal at first, but allowing people to do so can cause a lot of problems. You do not want to be held responsible if people put things in the dumpster that they shouldn't, and you also don't want to have to rent a larger dumpster because yours is filling up too quickly. Luckily, following these tips can help.

1. Post a Sign

You might not think that posting a sign will make much of a difference, but some people will be willing to abide by it. Check out your local home improvement store for signs that say "No Trespassing" or "Do Not Use." Another option is to have a local sign company custom-make a sign that asks people not to use your dumpster. You can also ask your dumpster rental company if there are any signs available that you can borrow. Make sure that these signs are posted prominently near the garbage dumpster or on the dumpster itself.

2. Use a Lock

Many dumpsters make it possible for you to add a lock that must be unlocked each time that something is deposited into the dumpster. This can be a bit of a pain for you and your employees, but it can be useful for preventing unauthorized individuals from using it. Your dumpster rental company should be able to advise you about the right type of lock to use, or they may let you borrow one along with your dumpster rental.

3. Make Monitoring Easy

If it's easy to see your dumpster, you can help deter and catch individuals who toss in garbage when they shouldn't. Make sure that the area is well-lit -- which is a good idea anyway, for safety reasons when you and your employees take the garbage out after dark -- and consider directing one of your surveillance cameras so that it is facing your dumpster. Even a "dummy" surveillance camera that is posted above the garbage dumpster can help deter people from using it.

Realizing that people are using your retail store dumpster can be a big pain. Luckily, following these three tips should help put a stop to it.