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In high-rise buildings, garbage disposal can be a challenge for residents. But with trash chutes and trash valet as options, trash management can be perfected. However, if you’re confused about which one to go with, read on and learn more about them to make the right choice.

Trash Chute

A trash chute or garbage chute makes collection of trash quick and hassle-free. It consists of a vertical tube that stores all the trash at a single location and multiple entry points to allow the disposal of garbage at various points. It is usually installed in residential buildings and spans multiple floors so that people at different levels have access to a portion of the chute. 

garbage chute

Pros

Convenient Trash chutes have garbage entry points at multiple levels. So, it is convenient for residents living on multiple levels to drop garbage as per their convenience. 

Clean Trash chutes appear clean since they do not have garbage cans placed outside. Moreover, trash chutes are usually installed in separate, dedicated spaces. This means, a cleaner and healthier surroundings. 

Cost-Effective – The cost of installing a trash chute is low since it is done at the time of construction. And if existing maintenance employees are trained to manage trash chutes, it can cut down the cost even further.

Cons

Maintenance – If piles of the garbage get stuck in the vertical trash chambers, it can lead to clogging. Hence, it requires a dedicated staff member responsible for everyday cleaning and maintenance. Moreover, it requires the correct cleaning method, fresheners, chemicals, and air pressure throughout the year to stay in good shape. 

No Recycling – Since all the trash, either wet or dry, is accumulated in the same place, there is usually no scope of recycling trash. 

Expensive Repairs – In contrast to inexpensive installation, repairs to the chute and its doors can be costly. 

The Inconvenience of Location – With a single trash chute in a building, the location of the doors cannot be changed. And this may not be convenient for all the residents.    

Trash Valet

Trash valet is a garbage pick-up service that property owners or managers offer to the residents. It requires residents to place the trash cans provided to them outside their apartments/homes at a scheduled time every day. Later an employee collects the trash and disposes it off.   

Pros

Convenience – Residents need not carry heavy or dripping waste down the corridors to dump. 

Cleanliness – Since trash will be cleared immediately, it won’t pile up and stink in units. 

Easy Recycling – Since the garbage is sorted using hands, it is easier to recycle. 

Value Addition – With the trash valet as an add-on service similar to valet parking, the elevation can become more attractive and sellable. 

Cons

Fixed Schedule – Residents must follow the trash pickup schedule which can sometimes be inconvenient. 

Enforcement – Residents may have to pay fines for not adhering to the schedule. 

Untidy Appearance – Trash cans can make the hallways look cluttered and untidy. 

Increased Cost – The owner or manager may have to bear additional costs of hiring a person for the job. 

Both trash chutes and trash valets can be the right choice provided you make the decision based on what’s more convenient and helpful in your building. So, weigh your options carefully and make your pick.