Our team lead put up a big bucket for us to put moist waste coffee into (She uses it as fertilizer). She didn't ask first and probably assumed nobody would mind.
I am very sensitive to smells and this bucket gives off a smell that sickens me. Once she forgot to take it home on Friday evening and on Monday it was molding, making the whole room smell like mold.
Lately, whenever I walked past it I put a plate on it to stop the smell, which works perfectly. Now the "escalation" went one step further with her putting a tissues between the plate and the bucket (probably to keep in from molding quickly), making the plate completely ineffective while the room smells like moist coffee again. (She has her own office in another room.)
I removed the tissue and left a passive aggressive note for her to find, which I later replaced with a much friendlier German poem that goes like this:
The content of this buckets smells a lot don't put it here anymore
A lid would make me happy So my nose won't shy away anymore
Coffee is an addiction I don't want to be involved with it
What do I want to achieve: I want to get across that I refuse to sit in a room with that disgusting bucket without making too much of a fuss. Going to her office and telling her, telling her in front of my colleagues (5 colleagues) or sending an email feels like making too much of a fuss, that's why I placed the lighthearted poem.
Is that ok?
What else would you recommend?