Apartments & Condominiums
If you own or manage residential rental properties or condominiums, you need to set up a recycling program for your tenants. Your recycling program should recover essentially the same materials that are recycled through the municipal program. Tenants will welcome the opportunity to recycle, just as many of their neighbors who live in row, twin or single family homes have been doing for years.
Steps for Successful Recycling:
1. Provide or recommend appropriate recycling bins for newsprint and containers for cans, bottles and jars.
2. Determine if tenants/owners can leave recyclables on floors near service entrances or if they need to bring them to a central location.
3. Coordinate collection of recyclables with regular trash collection.
4. Designate a central area for collection of recyclable materials - in the basement, storage room or other common area. Interior locations must be equipped with working sprinkler systems.
5. Send a memo, hold an open house or tour of your building's recycling locations, or have open hours when residents can pick up bins and recycling information.
6. Educate residents about particular recycling procedures in your building. Clearly differentiate between tenant, building staff and owner responsibilities.
7. Include recycling information in your training for new building staff.
8. Note that recycling will help introduce new tenants to owners and neighbors to each other.
9. Young people and even small children should be encouraged to get involved in recycling.