Recycling in Apartment Buildings

BizRecycling works directly with property managers to improve recycling infrastructure and educate tenants on recycling. If you are a tenant, please visit or the Washington County Disposal Directory to learn about residential recycling programs in your community.

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Order the following free resources to engage your tenants in recycling. To order, fill out the form below.

Trash and recycling labels for bins and carts are available in the label shop.


Available Products

Reusable Tote
Hard sided tote to store and transport recyclables. Size is 12″ x 12″ x 7″ with label. Paper bags can stand inside tote.
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Ramsey Recycles Recycling Bag
Reusable, durable bag to store and transport recyclables. Size is 20” by 14”.
Price: $0.00

Ramsey County Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Poster
Size is 11” by 17”.
Price: $0.00

Washington County Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Poster
Size is 11” by 17”.
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Recycling Poster

Poster for common areas, such as mail or laundry rooms, that explains what is and is not recyclable. Size is 11″ x 17″. Available in English, Hmong, Oromo, Somali, and Spanish.

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Magnet or Cling
Residue-Free Removable Cling

Removable cling for refrigerators which explains what is and is not recyclable. Size is 8″ x 8″. Available in English, Hmong, Khmer, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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Dumpster Labels
Dumpster Labels

Recycling dumpster label. Size is 17″ x 24″. Magnetic or sticker material.

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Recycle Sign
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″.
Price: $0.00

Trash Only No Cardboard Sign
Size is 8.5″ x 11″.
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Braille Recycling Guide
Information about household recycling and proper disposal of common household hazardous waste at county collection sites in Braille.
Price: $0.00

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Providing recycling at your property is a win-win for you and your tenants. 

  • Residents expect recycling services.
  • In Minnesota, recycling in apartment buildings, condos and townhomes is required by the commercial recycling law.
  • An efficient recycling system helps tenants recycle better and reduces contamination and illegal dumping at your property. 
  • By “right-sizing” trash and recycling services, you can cut costs by requiring fewer trash pickups.
  • Unlike garbage services, which are subject to county and state taxes, recycling is tax-free.

A successful recycling program involves more than putting out carts and dumpsters. These best practices will help you create a successful system and engage your tenants. For a customized improvement plan for your property and to access grant funding contact us to connect with a Recycling Expert!

Make It Simple and Convenient

  • Always place recycling bins next to trash bins. Never leave a bin solo.
  • Provide reusable totes for tenants to take recyclables to the designated recycling area.
  • Clearly label all bins and dumpsters.
  • Keep trash and recycling areas clean and safe.

Educate and Motivate Residents

  • Post recycling instructions in common areas.
  • Request that tenants flatten cardboard before placing it in recycling bins.
  • 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 bins, alert you to problems, and assist other tenants with questions.
  • Your volunteer is especially important if they can communicate with non-English speaking tenants.

Work with Building Staff and Your 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 well the system is working.
  • Understand what you are paying for and be a smart consumer. Hauling prices are very competitive. We can help you analyze your hauling bill for cost savings.

Moving day can generate a surplus of trash. Here are some best practices to ease the burden.

  • Provide tenants with 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.  

Want to empower your residents or neighbors to recycle better and reduce waste?
Apartment Recycling Specialists Program