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HOUSERULES – GARBAGE

Posted by admin on 28 April 2021
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Dear tenants

During my last visits in Leuven,

1 – I noticed the general maintenance has very much improved, great job!!! thank you for that! ❤ ❤

2 – I noticed a garbage issue in the kitchen/terrace: 

  • Piles of bags outside the terrace distributing a bad image, smell and attracting vermin
  • Piles of paper and cardboard boxes and packaging even tissues (corona!!!)  in the laundry room and kitchen entrance
  • Glass bottles piling up on the window tablet, still containing liquids or food, left in the sun: smell, flies, vermin, view….

Please know the kitchen is not a garbage collection room …

It’s a lot of information but please take an effort to read it, some of your fellow tenants participated in trying to find solutions, so we count on you also

Here is a reminder of the current House regulations on garbage as they should be followed:

Waste that finds its origin IN YOUR ROOM

  • Paper: in your room until collection day
  • Glass: in your room until you bring it to the glass container
  • PMD: in your room until collection day
  • Rest: in your room until collection day

Waste that finds its origin while USING THE KITCHEN

  • Paper: is collected is collected every 2 weeks on WEDNESDAY
    • in your room until collection day (Wednesday every 2 weeks)
  • PMD (blue bag): is collected every 2 weeks on WEDNESDAY, for this reason: ONLY PMD package of goods used while cooking in the kitchen can be placed in the kitchen bin following the conditions:
    • Package is clean and all food rests are removed before putting it in the PMD bag
    • If the bag is full it can be ‘temporary’ placed on the terrace until the first next collection day (every 2 weeks)
    • Tenants make a planning to take turns of who will be bringing the PMD outside for the next collection date
  • REST (brown bag): is collected weekly on TUESDAY,  ONLY package of goods used while cooking in the kitchen can be placed in the kitchen bin  following the conditions:
    • If the bag is full it can be ‘temporary’ placed on the terrace until the first next collection day (every week)
    • Tenants make a planning to take turns of who will be bringing the PMD outside for the next collection date
  • GREEN WASTE: Collected weekly on FRIDAY, ONLY waste of goods used while cooking in the kitchen can be placed in the kitchen
    • GREEN bags should never be put on the terrace.
    • I would suggest to place the green waste in smaller and sealed bags, then inside the brown bags
    • Tenants make a planning to take turns of who will be bringing the PMD outside for the next collection date
  • Glass: to be brought to the container every week
    • To be stored in your room until you bring it to the container place on sint-jacobsplein
    • Have foreseen a plastic box stored under the sink to collect kitchen glass  following these CONDITIONS, can everybody agree?
      • ONLY for bowls coming from use while cooking in the kitchen
      • NO tenant will abuse it for their personal glass dumping
      • Whoever places glass there, washes/rinses it well before placing it and leaves the cap on
      • Tenants make a planning to take turns of who will be bringing the box to the glass container once every week.

IF these rules do not work what can we do:

  • All garbage bins will be removed from the kitchen, all tenants are to keep all waste in their own rooms always, also the smelly waste !
  • We can organize a garbage management service at expense of all tenants:
    • if I need to pay somebody extra 2 days per week to come put the garbage outside, the average cost would be 10€/tenant/month
    • We can organize a private garbage collection service at expense of all tenants : I have informed with container collection companies last year to have 3 big containers, this is very expensive, the average cost would be 27€/tenant/month, unfortunately the city does not offer such a service so we cannot place private containers. I think this is not really an option.
      Then again we have 2 other problems with containers:
      • a heavy container will damage the radiator to move it up/down the terrace
      • Who will put the containers outside? Or how will the private company (strangers) get access to the terrace?
    • I will check if green waste containers are collected in the city — IF they do — we can consider a green container but they are payable https://www.leuven.be/gft, and also get smelly so will ask for regular cleaning service http://www.wonen-en-werken.be/gft.  Average cost per year 160 – 200€ is everybody willing to contribute ?
      We still have a problem on how can we move the container up/down the terrace without damaging the radiator?

What we are going to do/doing  already to help you manage your waste:

  • I placed a blue box under the sink for storage of glass used in the kitchen : regulation: http://for-rent-leuven.com/garbage-glass/
  • We will provide a board in the kitchen wall Friday where you can make a planning and messages to each other: ALL tenants have to participate!
  • I will look for a solution to ‘hide’ the bags that are ‘temporarily’ placed outside, I count on everybody’s cooperation to keep it clean and organized if we do this investment. ALL tenants have to participate!
  • I ordered the paper garbage calendar, https://www.leuven.be/vraag-afvalkalender-aan but it will be sent to Leuven, maybe some of the tenants also order a calendar so we have a few copies to place here and there?  Or is somebody available to go pickup a dozen of calendars in the city hall?

Who will keep an eye on the mailboxes for the arriving calendars as it carries my name

Other Ideas & info: are welcome =)

Have a lovely evening and looking fwd to hear from you!