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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 or the Washington County Disposal Directory)

  • The following free resources are available to help engage your tenants in recycling. To order resources, fill out the form below.

    Trash and Recycling container labels for dumpsters, bins and carts, come in various sizes, and are available at our label shop

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  • Reusable Tote
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    Hard sided tote to store and transport recyclables. Size is 12″ x 12″ x 7″ with label. Paper bags can stand inside tote.
  • Ramsey Recycles Recycling Tote
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    Reusable, durable bag for storing and transporting recyclables, with photo guide of recyclable materials. Size is 20” by 14”.
  • Multi-Unit dwelling poster thumbnail
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    Poster for common areas, such as mail or laundry rooms, that explains what is and what is not recyclable. Size is 11″ x 17″.
  • Magnet or Cling
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    Removable cling with what is and is not recyclable. Size is 8″ x 8″.
  • Recycle Poster - Bags go in the trash.
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    Trash and Recycling container labels for dumpsters and carts. Come in various sizes. Size is 17″ x 24″. Magnetic or sticker material.
  • Recycle Poster
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    Durable, light weight, corrugated plastic sign that can be used indoors or outdoors. Mounted with screws or double back tape to designate recycling area. Size is 18″ x 24″.

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Contact us here or call 651.266.1199. We will help answer questions, determine the needs of your property, and connect you with a Recycling Expert. The Recycling Expert will schedule a free 30-minute waste assessment at your property during a time that fits your schedule. After the assessment, the Recycling Expert will review options for improving recycling at your property.

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!
The help of Recycling Experts is free. If you start a new service, such as a recycling or organics pickup service, you are responsible for paying the service just as you do for trash pickup. However, you may save money on hauling costs and taxes by reducing your trash dumpster’s size or frequency of pickup. Learn more about saving money with 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.

For options on managing household hazardous waste at your property visit or Washington County’s Environmental Services page.  

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