How to save on your service charge

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Did you know that fly tipping can cause your service charge to increase and you could end up paying more than you normally would? With online shopping getting more popular and Christmas coming, there’s likely to be more waste around. But with a little thought we can avoid fly tipping and keep your service charge down.

Fly tipping

Why does fly tipping affect my service charge?

Unfortunately, it’s not our responsibility to remove fly tipping as a service. Therefore, we charge this to you and your service charge increases for that year. We provide adequate waste and recycling bins across our schemes, so fly tipping is avoidable.

Everyone else is doing it

If you see that your bin area has black bags on the floor or fly tipping occurring, please don’t follow in others or think it’s an easier option. Just because someone else is doing it doesn’t make it okay. The more fly tipping, the greater the cost to remove it and the bigger the increase in service charge. Read on to find out what to do if you’ve seen someone fly tipping.

What will not be collected?

Larger items won’t be collected by your local authority with your general waste, which means you’ll need to make special arrangements with your local council for their collection. Also, this means that leaving bags and other items around the bin as waste collection may result in missed waste collections. It’s so important that you put rubbish and recyclables inside the bins provided.

What other options do I have?

If your items are recyclable, please make use of the facilities either at your building or within your community. It really helps if you break down recyclables such as cardboard boxes as much as possible, to make sure there is space for everyone. You can also check with your local council to find out where the nearest recycling centre is located. Most supermarkets have recycling facilities situated in their car parks too.

What should I do with unwanted items and gifts?

If you have unwanted items such as clothing or gifts, you may want to consider giving them to charity. Someone else could make better use of it and this will prevent them going into landfill unnecessarily. Helpful to others and kind to our environment. While charity shops are closed during lockdown keep these items aside until you can donate them or get creative! Could you make a face mask from an unwanted T-shirt, for example?

Christmas is coming!

With lockdown and Christmas coming online shopping will be at an all-time high. This means more packaging such as cardboard boxes and unwanted gifts that don’t quite hit the mark. Many of us will also be staying home more and might start to do a little clear out. All of this means more recycling and potentially more waste so it’s more important than ever that we:

  • Recycle as much as possible
  • Break down recycling and waste so they take up less space
  • Compost food items if you can
  • Only buy what you need so there is less waste
  • Resist the temptation to dump unwanted items, instead keeping them aside to donate later.

I’ve seen someone fly tipping. What should I do?

Please remember that fly tipping is a breach of your tenancy. It’s so important that you and your neighbours look after your communal areas and act responsibly. If you witness fly tipping, please contact us immediately so we can investigate.

We can all be bin smart!

Find out more about how you can avoid fly tipping by being bin smart during lockdown. This will help all of us to minimise our service charge.  Thanks for your help.