How does rubbish disposal work in an apartment or strata complex?

When you live in a strata complex, the issue of rubbish disposal is bound to raise a stink if it’s not done right. So how should it work?

Do you live in strata and community living, such as apartments? It’s good to be mindful of how you dispose of your waste – as well as how rubbish disposal works in your complex.

Disposing of waste incorrectly on common property could put you in breach of your complex’s bylaws.

A strata complex should have clearly defined rules about waste management. These regulations should also highlight the consequences of breaking the rules.

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Tenants have left unwanted items in our bin area. Who’s responsible for moving it?

If you see this happening in your complex, refer the matter to your strata group/body corporate.

The common bin area is a provision for all owners and renters. That means it’s everyone’s responsibility to keep the bins well maintained, tidy and free of clutter.

Former Owner/Licensee at Ray White South Perth, Lisa Kerr, offered her insight:

“Some strata complexes have a caretaker/onsite manager who may do look after this,” Lisa said.

“I would suggest looking at your strata bylaws for this information or contacting your strata company to clarify the situation for your apartment complex.”

Lisa Kerr
Lisa Kerr
Former Owner/Licensee at Ray White South Perth | [email protected]

Lisa Kerr was the Owner/Licensee of Ray White South Perth in Western Australia between 2015 and 2020. After completing a Certificate IV in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Lisa moved into property management. She worked with Access Property Management and John Hayes and Son before moving into a corporate role at Ray White. She retired in 2020.


  1. I live in an 8 apartment complex I’m the only one who puts the bins out and bring them in for 8 years now I’m sick of lazy neibours so IV stopped try to put my own bins aside but they are using mine doesn’t work I’ll have to get locks for them