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)
Currently, these resources are only available to properties located in Ramsey County. If your property is located in Washington County, please call 651.430.6682 for assistance.
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 magnet 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.