Apartment-dwelling New Yorkers have a tendency to spoil their trash. That is, they allow it to stink.
"When people think of garbage rooms, they think of having to tolerate bad smells because it comes along with the territory," says Paul Pizem, a sales manager for Aireactor, a company that provides deodorizing services. "This doesn't have to be the case."
According to Pizem, garbage odors are easily managed in buildings with a competent management staff, despite the fact that the average New Yorker is personally responsible for disposing of roughly four-and-a-half pounds of waste each day, which adds up quickly in a high-rise. And yet, according to many people in the waste management business, most tenants hesitate to impose definable standards on the quality of a building's trash compactor, the cleanliness of the garbage chute, or the smell of a garbage room. Because garbage connotes a certain amount of eye-watering, nose-plugging unpleasantness, it is often let off the hook by building residents based on the argument that it is what it is - garbage.
And yet, there are ample services available to reduce - and neutralize - the odors, health risks, fire hazards and infestation problems that are associated with organic and toxic waste. It's up to tenants themselves to evaluate whether or not their building is making room in the budget to utilize these services - preferably before there is an obvious need to do so.
No need to don nose-plugs, goggles and industrial gloves to take a closer look at your building's trash cycle; you can conduct a valuable inspection by simply knowing the right questions to ask. To begin, why is there so much trash to contend with?