Setting Up an Apartment Recycling Program – It’s Easier Than You Think

The mindset of a multi-residential unit dweller when it comes to recycling, compared to a single family home owner is significantly different. This really is mainly because home owners are responsible for the garbage they place at the curb. For apartment and condominium renters, very little is offered to help motivate or enforce them to recycle.

This doesn’t have to be. There are some obstacles tenants residing in condos and apartments face in terms of recycling. Let’s examine the manner in which you the landlord or property manager impact the recycling efforts of your tenants.

– Do you have a recycling program established already in your building?
– Do you provide your tenants with the correct recycling containers and bins to support this system?
– Do you regularly advertise, educate and encourage the participation of your tenants?

If you have answered “no” to any one of these questions, please read on for some helpful suggestions and pointers to help you get your apartment recycling program installed and operating smoothly.

Planning and Implementing your Apartment Recycling Program

It is one thing to want to initiate a recycling program for your apartment or condominium complex, it’s another to follow through with the proper steps to make it happen.

One of the first steps you ought to take is by calling your municipality to find out if indeed they have a recycling get schedule in place already in your town. If they do, what days is this being offered? What recyclables do they accept? How will they be accepted (eg. Plastic bags, blue boxes? )

If you learn that they do not collect recyclables, call around to Recycling Centers in your area and put up a weekly pick up schedule.

Tip: Some Recycling Centers will pay for your collectibles. There are many products on the market today which can be made from recyclable material making your discarded items a precious commodity. One that has a value that goes back in to your pocket.

Providing your Tenants with the Proper Containers

There are many options when it comes to purchasing recycling containers for your tenants. You can provide your tenants with the standard blue and grey bins but more often than not, they will end up saved in a closet or barely used at all. No one wants a big blue box in the middle of their kitchen or hallway.
Stackable recycling bins are a better option. They are easy to clean and maintain, stackable so they can fit easily underneath your destroy or conveniently into a corner. By having a recycling container that is small, colourful and appealing your tenants will be reminded and encouraged to “do their part”. Chances of contamination of the recyclables will be minimal due to the clear sorting system in place.

Tip: A stackable recycling container is a great choice for multi-residential recycling programs. Portable recycling containers can be utilized as a recycling station with multiple color options so you can decide which colors would appeal the most to your tenants. These recycling bins can be stamped aswell to prevent theft and misplacement.



Creating Awareness

This step is equally as significant as any of the others. It is extremely important that you, the landlord or property manager establish awareness amongst your tenants to recycle. Announcing your recycling program to your tenants is necessary when trying to encourage participation. Decide to try sending out letters, setting up posters and providing them with a list of what to recycle and what not to recycle.