Apartments and Multi-Unit Buildings
(This page provides recycling information and free resources for property managers and owners. Tenants, please visit RamseyRecycles.com.)
Proving 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 pickup and reducing taxes and fees on garbage service. Recycling is tax free.
Fill out the Connect With Us form or call (651) 266-1199. We will contact you to 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 with you options for designing a new or improved recycling and/or organics collection program.
The following resources are available to help engage your tenants in recycling. To order resources, contact us or call (651) 266-1199.
- 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.
- Reusable Bag: Reusable, durable bag for storing and transporting recyclables, with photo guide of recyclable materials. Size is 20” by 14”.
- Door Hanger Information Card: Reminder card of what can be recycled. A very useful annual reminder for tenants.
- Recycling Poster: 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: Fridge magnet with what is and is not recyclable. Size is 6″ x 4″.
Currently, these resources are only available to properties located in Ramsey County.
How Do I Set Up Recycling in My Building?
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.
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, and 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.
- Providing 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 are 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 (there are no taxes on recycling) and be a smart consumer. Hauling prices are very competitive.
Dealing With the Big Stuff – Moving In and Out
- 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 or next to 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 RamseyRecycles.com or Washington County’s Environmental Services page.
Multi-Unit Dwelling FAQ
What is my organization responsible for paying?
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 by reducing your trash dumpster’s size or frequency of pickup. Learn more about saving money with recycling.
If you need new recycling bins, you may be responsible for the purchase cost. However, our resources listed above are available at no cost to properties in Ramsey County.