Americans produce 254 million tons (508 billion pounds) of garbage every single year…
Okay. So Americans produce a lot of garbage.
That’s clearly an issue, but one for another day.
Today, we’re going to be a little selfish and focus less on the amount we’re throwing away and more on how annoying it is to take all of that garbage out!
Apartment dwellers can back us up here: there’s nothing worse than living on the 15th floor of an apartment building and needing to lug bags of trash out to a community dumpster that feels like it’s miles away.
Enter valet waste services.
Valet waste services are trash service gods that make the whole horrible process we just described above 1000 times more simple.
Below, we give you the rundown on everything you need to know about what valet waste is and why you need it.
What the Heck Is Valet Waste Service?
If you’re like most people we mention valet waste services to, chances are your first question is, “What the heck is that?”
Basically, valet waste services are companies that make taking out your garbage simple. They perform a variety of specific functions based on what your needs are but the outcome is always the same. Your trash gets taken away without you needing to walk more than a few steps from your door.
That means, if you live in an apartment, you can place garbage in a bin on your floor or right outside your door, and in a few minutes it will disappear.
Pretty great, right?
Still not completely sold on the merit of valet waste? Learn more about what it can do for you or keep reading below as we break down some of the key advantages outsourcing trash removal can bring to your life.
1. You’ll Save a Ton of Time
If you don’t think that lugging trash bags down 8 flights of stairs and out to a dumpster is taking away from your life, think again.
If it takes you 10 minutes to take out the trash twice a week, that’s 20 minutes per week or 1 hour and 20 minutes a month! You could be using that time to learn a new language or to accomplish something else that’s useful to your life. Valet waste services will give you that time back.
2. Less Physical Stress
People roll their eyes at the idea that taking out your garbage is physically stressful. Those eye rollers probably haven’t had to deal with balancing two full garbage bags whilst tiptoeing down hundreds of stairs.
If you feel like you’ve run a marathon every time you take your garbage out, save yourself the stress and hire (or talk to your property manager about hiring) a valet waste service.
3. Avoidance of Costly Fees
True story, we know someone who was walking his trash out of his apartment and out to the dumpster. His bag broke en-route.
This break caused all kinds of gross stuff to spill all over his apartment hallway’s carpet.
What’s worse than the embarrassment he suffered is that his apartment billed him for the cleaning cost!
If you’d rather avoid that fate, valet waste is definitely worth your consideration.
4. Property Owners/Managers Retain More Resources
If you own or manage a property, bringing on a valet waste team for your units will help you avoid a variety of costs.
For starters, you avoid cleaning fees if your policy is not to bill back tenants. You’ll also avoid spreading your maintenance team thin as they deal with annoying garbage-related issues that take place around your building.
5. A Major Sell Point for Your Property
With all of the development going on across the country, tenants have more choices than ever when it comes to rental properties. If you really want to stand out to prospects, adding valet waste to your list of perks is a good way to go.
If a tenant has to choose between a building where they have to lug their garbage around versus a building that their garbage is going to be picked up for them, guess which building they’re going to choose…
6. Easy Implementation
Depending on the garbage valet team you choose to hire for your property, implementation can be as simple as sending out an email to your tenants and letting them know new procedures.
Some valet teams will provide receptacles you can set on each floor of your building that lets tenants deposit their trash on a given day. Other teams will ask that your tenant place their garbage outside of their door between certain times for pickup.
We recommend that building managers make trash pickup hours clear to tenants and enforce them stringently. This will help avoid garbage bags being left out in public areas for extended periods of time.
Wrapping Up: What Is Valet Waste, and How Does It Work?
We hope that all of the pointers we’ve laid out above on valet waste have you excited about the prospect of ditching your trash duties and leaving it to the pros.
If you’re ready to get started with valet services, chances are you have a provider that already operates in your area.
Talk to your peers if you’re a building owner and are looking for a provider recommendation. If you’re a regular person, head on over to Google and search “Valet Waste” + your city’s name to find a reputable business.
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