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Crossroads Properties owns and manages commercial real estate throughout the East Metro.

Challenge

Crossroads Properties wanted to be able to offer recycling to tenants in five of their commercial buildings. They were finding it challenging to be able to offer convenient recycling collection in the individual tenant suites. They contacted BizRecycling for help.

How We Helped

Our Recycling Expert met with Crossroads Properties to explore options. With so many different businesses to serve, the first thing to do was to get all of the tenant businesses set up with recycling bins. With help from our Recycling Expert, Crossroads Properties applied for a BizRecycling grant. The grant allowed them to purchase recycling bins for all of the tenants in five buildings. In addition to the bins for the individual businesses, Crossroads also used grant funds to buy attractive new recycling and trash collection bins for the common areas of the buildings.

Outcome

Crossroads Properties now includes a section about their recycling program in their tenant handbook. They also took time to speak with each tenant about recycling, answering questions and concerns as they came up. Offering consistent recycling containers and following best practices for single-sort recycling made the recycling program easy for tenants to understand.

With education and outreach, as well as consistent recycling bins, the tenants in the five Crossroads Properties buildings were able to collect over 72,000 pounds of recyclable materials in the first year of the program. Having recycling bins placed in the common areas of their buildings also sends a strong message to the public about Crossroads Properties’ commitment to recycling.