Recycling in Apartments and Multi-Unit Buildings
(This page provides recycling information and free resources for property owners and managers of multi-unit dwellings in Ramsey County and Washington County. If you are a tenant, please visit RamseyRecycles.com or the Washington County Disposal Directory)
A successful recycling program involves more than putting out carts and dumpsters. These tips will help you create a successful program and engage your tenants. If you need help getting started, contact us for a free consultation with a Recycling Expert!
Make It Simple And Convenient
- Always place recycling bins next to trash bins.
- Include recycling bins in common areas such as mail and laundry rooms.
- Provide reusable totes or bags for tenants to take recyclables to the designated recycling area.
- Clearly label all containers from bins to dumpsters.
- Keep trash and recycling areas clean and safe.
Educate and Motivate Residents
- Post instructions in common areas.
- Provide new tenants a guide, recycling tote and residue-free removable cling explaining what can be recycled.
- Distribute a reminder door hanger annually.
- Share updates in newsletters and provide positive feedback.
- Include recycling as a building policy in your tenant lease agreement.
- Have translated materials available for non-English speaking tenants.
Recruit Recycling Champions
- Provide an incentive, such as a rent credit or a preferred parking space, to a tenant who is willing to monitor recycling containers, alert you to problems, and assist other tenants with questions.
- Your volunteer is especially import if they can communicate with non-English speaking tenants.
Work With Building Staff and Hauler
- Make sure there is enough space available in recycling bins. If there is not enough space, tenants will throw their recycling in the trash.
- Ask for feedback to find out how the program is going.
- Understand what you are paying for and be a smart consumer. Hauling prices are very competitive.
- Remember, there are no taxes on recycling!
If you need new recycling bins or other equipment, BizRecycling offers grants to help with purchase costs; your Recycling Expert can help you apply.
Providing recycling at your property is a win-win for you and your tenants.
- Residents expect recycling services and this shows you care about their concerns.
- Recycling in multi-unit dwellings (apartment buildings, condos, or townhomes) is required by law.
- A good recycling program can cut costs by requiring fewer trash pickups.
- Unlike garbage services, which are subject to county and state taxes, recycling is tax-free.
Moving day can generate a surplus of trash. Here are some tips to ease the burden.
- Provide information on what to do with large items.
- Encourage donating good quality furniture, clothing, housewares and other items.
- Request that tenants flatten cardboard before placing it in recycling bins.
- Educate tenants on where to take electronics and other household hazardous waste, such as motor oil, household cleaners, florescent light bulbs, and batteries.