Managing an apartment complex requires you to fill a lot of different roles, and if you have a lot of litter building up around your property, taking care of that is a role you need to fill. Using signs, you can educate your tenants about litter and reduce the amount of rubbish around your property.
There are a range of signs that can be helpful, but here are four of the ones you should consider:
1. No Dog Pooping
Simple signs reminding your tenants to pick up after their dogs can really help to reduce the amount of hardened dog poop you have around your apartment building. If you have a large grassy area around your buildings with recreation areas for the tenants and their pets, consider pairing these signs with bins and plastic bags for dog poo.
2. Recycle Here
In many cases, the debris that tends to build up is from food or drink packaging and junk mail. If your tenants like to drink soda or beer around the pool and tend to let their cans blow into the surrounding area, a simple sign urging them to recycle and a bin for cans (as well as an extra rubbish bin for general rubbish) can help.
A recycle here sign with a bin for junk mail right next to your tenant's mail boxes can help with that issue as well.
3. Educational Signs
In addition to signs that urge your tenants to do or not do things, you should also consider posting educational signs. Find fun facts that you want to share with your tenants about garbage and recycling, and have a sign writing company create those signs for you.
For example, if your tenants know how long it takes a cigarette butt to decompose (18 months to 10 years), they may be less likely to drop them on the ground. Alternatively, if they can see the damage that plastic packaging or fishing line can do to wild animals or pets, they may think twice before littering those items.
4. Hey Tosser
The New South Wales government started a "hey tosser" campaign in which they urge people not to toss waste at bins but rather place it in them. You may be able to get signs like this one from your local government authority, or you can write your own creative anti-littering signs.
Don't be afraid to be a little witty and irreverent. As you can see from the "hey tosser" campaign, it can be an effective way to get someone's attention.