Recycling in Multifamily Buildings
Recycling in multifamily residences such as apartment buildings and condominiums is mandatory. Services can be provided by a permitted hauler, private recycling hauler or their appropriate governmental agency.
Establish a Program
All units must recycle the following:
- Glass, food and beverage containers, such as soda, juice and salad dressing containers
- Aluminum cans
- Newspapers, without their plastic delivery bags
- Household plastic containers, such as soda, milk, juice and water containers, as well as dishwashing and laundry detergent bottles
- Steel cans
Modified Recycling Programs
A condominium or apartment building can request to be approved for a "modified" recycling program. Call the Department first, and complete the Modified Recycling Program Form.
There are four modified program options:
- Collect your recyclables and take them directly to a recycler for sale and processing.
- Substitute recyclable materials not included on our list, as long as your suggested materials comprise a greater portion of your waste than any of the materials listed. Keep receipts to substantiate recycling activity.
- Recycle less than the three materials required, as long as the recyclable materials you don’t recycle comprise less than 5 percent of your waste.
- Hire a permitted private hauler to collect recyclable materials at your establishment and separate them at a permitted materials recovery facility.
At times, one of four modified recycling programs can be created.
- Guidelines and application to create a modified recycling program
Apartment complexes or condominiums that don't comply could be fined. Fines range from $300 to $950 based on the number of units on the property and can be assessed daily until compliance is met.
Regulation & Compliance