We have a shared bin system in our complex with a very bad odour that attracts flies and maggots. I was told this was my problem as I live on the ground floor. Is there anything I can do?

Anonymous, NSW

To ensure the sanitary storage and removal of waste, bin cleaning can be added to the scope of your owners corporation’s cleaner or other site contractor, if it is not already. If you’re not on your strata committee, speak to your strata manager, and ask him/her to raise the issue with members. You can also adopt a model by-law from Schedule 3 of the Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016, which applies to the disposal of waste for shared bins. Alternatively, speak to your council about increasing the regularity of garbage pick-ups.

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