Most wild animals don’t naturally love invading trash, but loss of habitat has made certain animals more brazen about using our trash as a food supply. In the Sacramento area, some of the principal invaders of our dumpster enclosure gates are seagulls, raccoons, rats and opossums. Sometimes domestic dogs and cats can also be a problem.
There are a number of things you can do to keep these creatures out of your dumpster.
- Cover your dumpster. It seems elementary, but giving easy access to your dumpster’s contents is like handing out invitations. Make sure the lids work and fit; plastic lids are notoriously easy to open. Bungee cords can help secure them. Make sure your employees close them properly after putting trash into them.
- Keep the area around the dumpster clean. Trash bags should be securely sealed and tied before they are carried out so nothing spills around the dumpster.
- Keep the dumpster clean by spraying around it. Hose down the insides occasionally as well.
- You may need to relocate your dumpster away from a wall, building or tree, so that animals can’t climb up and gain access.
- Install a dumpster enclosure gate. Not all dumpster enclosures are the same, so look for those types that have little ground clearance that will help keep animals – and the occasional human
dumpster diver –out. Of course, some animals can leap or climb, so you will still need to maintain securely sealed dumpster lids.