Recycling Mandates

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Atlanta, GA

City Table of Contents

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What We Can’t Recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact Information
  6. Glossary Links

Multifamily Ordinance:

  • Owners of any multifamily dwelling consisting of six or more living units shall provide commercial containers for the collection of recyclables, including, at minimum, the materials the city collects as part of its curbside recycling program, which includes, glass, plastics, newspapers, and aluminum cans.
  • The capacity of the recycling containers shall be adequate to hold the recyclable materials of residents of the multi-family dwelling and shall be of a size not less than three gallons multiplied by the number of living units.
  • Providing recycling service to the residents of each building no later than July 1, 2008.
  • Responsible for securing and managing contracts for providing the material collection/recycling service for all building locations.
  • Responsible for providing clearly marked collection bins for recyclable materials and containers for transporting the materials off-site. (Should be provided by the contracted recycling hauler).
  • Recycling services to multi-family communities are not provided by the city of Atlanta at this time.

What We Can Recycle:

  • Clean plastics, dry, empty plastic bags/film packaging/grocery bags
  • Plastic food containers: #1-#2-#5, clean and dry
  • Paper: magazines/office paper/newspaper/phone-books
  • Glass bottles and jars (food grade only)
  • Metal (steel, iron, brass, aluminum, or copper)
  • Metal food cans (please wash)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Cardboard
  • Ink printer cartridges (no toner)
  • Textile
  • Waxed cartons (broth, milk, juice)
  • Batteries (zinc-carbon, button, lithium, rechargeable, car)
  • Household fats/oil/grease
  • Wine corks
  • Political signs

What We Can’t Recycle:

  • Packing peanuts (take to UPS or shipping stores)
  • Coat hangers (plastic or wire, take to your dry cleaners)
  • Alkaline batteries
  • PVC pipes
  • Furniture
  • Scrap wood
  • Carpet
  • Building materials, wood, joint compound, adhesive, roofing materials (contact Lifecycle Building center)

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

  • Wire and plastic hangers may be returned to your dry cleaner.
  • Plastic bags, wraps, and film may be recycled at your local grocery store.
  • Packing peanuts-take to UPS or shipping store.
  • If you are a multifamily community with buildings with five units you are eligible for curbside pick up
  • For recycling not accepted curbside or for those multifamily homes that do not have curbside recycling, the following resources are available to you:

For more information, please contact:

The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) 1110 Hill Street SE Atlanta, GA. 30315 Phone: 404-600-6386

Hours of Operation Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Atlanta Recycles Day Greenbriar Mall 2841 Greenbriar Parkway SW Atlanta, GA 303 (Access road in front of Ashley Stewart)

Hours of Operation Every 3rd Saturday, 9:00 am – Noon

For additional information or assistance on multifamily recycling, please call 311 or visit atl311.com

Glossary Links

https://www.atlantaga.gov/government/departments/public-works/recycling-program

Atlanta Recycling Days:
https://www.atlantaga.gov/home/showdocument?id=37278

Multifamily recycling rules link:
https://www.atlantaga.gov/government/departments/public-works/recycling-program/multi-family-recycling

City of Atlanta Curbside Residential recycling program:
https://www.atlantaga.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=13789

Georgia Recycling: What you need to know (This is a link to the directory of several recycling programs in the state)
https://www.blr.com/Environmental/Waste/Recycling-in-Georgia

Recycling Flyers:
https://www.atlantaga.gov/home/showdocument?id=20456

https://www.atlantaga.gov/home/showdocument?id=20455

https://www.atlantaga.gov/home/showdocument?id=20453

https://www.atlantaga.gov/home/showdocument?id=20454

Austin, TX

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What We Can’t Recycle
  4. Tips & Best Practices
  5. Contact Information
  6. Glossary Links

By Oct. 1, 2017, all communities will be required to provide recycling services to their residents and employees

Multifamily Ordinance:

  • Required to ensure residents and employees have access to convenient recycling
  • Provide recycling for plastics #1 & #2, paper, cardboard, glass, and aluminum
  • Recycling service capacity must be greater than or equal to 6.4 gallons per dwelling per week
  • All signs must indicate recyclable materials accepted, use graphic illustrations, and include both English and Spanish
  • Annual Education: Educate new employees and residents within 30 days of hire or move-in and annually after that
  • Must submit an annual diversion plan (Recycling Plan); submit online each year between October 1 and February 1

What We Can Recycle:

  • Paper (Mixed & Office)
    • Newspaper, office paper, junk mail, wrapping paper, catalogs, envelopes, greeting cards
  • Plastics #1-#7
    • Beverage bottles, hard plastic (water/soda bottles, jars/tubs, non-battery toys, buckets/baskets, lawn chairs), spray bottles, milk jugs, detergent bottles, soap and shampoo bottles, food tubs (margarine, yogurt, etc.…)
  • Glass
    • Beverage bottles, food jars
  • Flattened cardboard
    • Cereal boxes, shoe boxes, gift boxes, beverage containers, food packaging (microwave meals, macaroni & cheese, etc.), paper towel rolls, moving boxes
  • Aluminum & Metal
    • Beverage cans, baking tins and trays, food cans, foil, empty metal containers

Recycling Tips for Apartment Recycling

  • Sell or Donate Unwanted furniture
    • Avoid putting mattresses, furniture or appliances by trash dumpsters
  • Flatten boxes
    • Before placing into recycling containers
  • Search (AustinReuseDirectory.com)
    • Locate more than 100 drop-off sites or call for pick-up services where available
    • Find new homes for unwanted furniture, mattresses, appliances, clothing, electronics and more
  • Add a recycling bin in every room
  • Must include on recycling flyer, where recycling containers are located on the property
    • Recycle shampoo bottles, toothpaste boxes and empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls

What We Can’t Recycle:

  • Plastic film and bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Water hoses
  • Textiles
  • Wood
  • Medical waste (E.g., syringes and sharp containers)
  • Pizza boxes
  • Hangers
  • Cords
  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Fabric
  • Paper cups and plates
  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Plastic wrap
  • Candy wrappers
  • Chip bags
  • Scrap metal
  • Glassware
  • Glass cookware

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

  • Make sure recycling capacity is equal to or larger than your total on-site trash capacity. Recycling capacity can include single-stream dumpster services as well as any other diversion activities (reuse, repurpose, recycled, back-hauled, crapped, donated, or baled).
  • Must provide annual education to both employees and residents
  • Post informational, bilingual signs (Spanish and English) on or near organics diversion stations or containers
  • Ensure employees have convenient access to methods of keeping food scraps and other organic material out of landfills

     Organic Materials Include:

    • Food
    • Food scraps
    • Paper towels and napkins
    • Food soiled paper, cardboard or wax board
  • Landscape trimmings
  • Floral Decor

For more information, please contact:

commercialrecycling@austintexas.gov

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1088 Austin, TX 78767 Phone: 512-974-9727

Glossary Links

http://www.austintexas.gov/uro

Sign Maker Link: (This link allows you to create your own recycling flyers and labels)
http://www.austintexas.gov/signmaker

Recycling Plan Link: (This link allows you to create your annual recycling plan)
http://www.austintexas.gov/department/universal-recycling-ordinance-uro

Resource Link: (This link contains all the resources provided by the city of Austin; from flyers to FAQs)
http://austintexas.gov/UROResources

Austin Resource Recovery (Administrative Rules):
http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/15-6_Administrative-Rules_06-14-2014.pdf

What We Can Recycle Guide for Apartments:
http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Resource_Recovery/ARR_Apt_Sorting_Guide_2018_FINAL.pdf

What do I do if Link: (This link is a search engine for when you are not sure what to do with a material you would like to recycle)
http://www.austintexas.gov/what-do-i-do

Downtown Austin Recycling:
http://www.austintexas.gov/department/downtown-austin-recycling-trash-litter-control-services

Boston, MA

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What We Can’t Recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact Information
  6. Glossary Links

*The City of Boston provides mixed curbside recycling to residents in building with seven or more units

*Property Managers oversee purchasing recycling containers (Carts that range in size from 64 to 96 gallons)

*The city provides Yard Waste Collection

*It also offers a recycling search bar which you can access below:
https://www.boston.gov/trash-and-recycling-day-schedule-and-search#!rc-cpage=wizard_material_list

*It also offers a trash and recycling app available on Google Play and App Store. The city also determines the collection schedule via the app:
https://www.boston.gov/trash-and-recycling-day-schedule-and-search

Multifamily Ordinance:

  • Communities are required to provide residents access to the recycling programs and services offered by the City of Boston (they also must provide the containers)
  • Each community is assigned a recycling coordinator to whom they report all issues and inquiries.
  • The community must have its signage approved by the city before implementing its recycling services.
  • According to the city, the definition of a recycling cart means: “Any container ranging in size from thirty to ninety gallons that are composed of weatherproof materials such as plastic or metal and is clearly marked and/or identifiable as a container for recyclables (they are referred as “Toters”)
  • The recycling cart shall only be used for the containment and collection of recyclables
  • According to Bill H.234 (which you can find in this city’s glossary), a multifamily residence is a building and complex made up of four individual units
  • That same bill states that owners or operators of multifamily communities that are not served by municipal recycling programs shall establish and maintain a recycling program.
  • This program needs to include the following:
    • The separation, collection, and processing of recyclable materials and,
    • Provide information about programs for collection and recycling of hazardous waste (lead-acid batteries, mercury-added product, tires, white goods, devices containing cathode ray tubes, yard wastes, and other materials) as directed by the city’s recycling department

What We Can Recycle:

  • Pizza boxes
    • Remove food, pizza savers (pizza tables), and liners
  • Plastic
    • All containers (#1-#7) including food, soda, water bottles, and jars
  • Paper
    • Newspaper
    • Magazines
    • Catalogs
    • White and colored paper
    • Books (Paperback and telephone books)
  • Glass
    • Jars and bottles
  • Cans
    • Aluminum and tin cans
    • Spiral cans (this include potato chips and coffee cans)
  • Cardboard
    • Flattened cardboard boxes (no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet; must be bundled and tied)
  • Boxboard
    • Paper bags, egg cartons, rolls

What We Can’t Recycle:

  • Plastic bags
    • Plastic grocery and plastic garbage bags cannot be recycled, and should not be put in your recycling bins
    • You can return clean plastic bags to a participating retailer for recycling
  • Electronics
  • Drink & Food boxes
    • Juice, milk, and frozen food boxes
  • Medical waste
  • Plastic wrap
    • This include film and tarps
  • Tanglers
    • No hoses, wires, or chains
  • Single-use items
    • Styrofoam, napkins, paper towels, tissues, straws, and coffee pods
  • Containers for chemicals and motor oil
    • The city provides household waste drop-off days (which happens four times a year)

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

  • Property owners/managers are required to provide residents with recycling containers
  • Must provide education about the recycling services provided and the knowledge of how and where to dispose of hazardous waste (which can be found on the City of Boston recycling department page)- Please refer to the city glossary

For more information, please contact:

Public Works 1 City Hall Square Room 714 Boston, MA 02201-2024

Phone: 617-635-4900 To report an issue, call 311 Email: PublicWorks@Boston.gov

Glossary Links

What We Can Recycle:
https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-works/recycling-boston

PDF Flyer of what we can and cannot recycle:
https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/document-file-03-2019/new-recycling-2019_0.pdf

Recycling & Trash Directory for Boston Residents:
https://www.cityofboston.gov/TridionImages/RECYCLINGDIRECTORY_tcm1-4107.pdf

Paint and Motor Oil Drop Off Location:
https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-works/recycling-paint-and-motor-oil

Recycling program set up instructions:
https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/document-file-11-2017/instructions_for_managers_.pdf

Multifamily Ordinance:
https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/document-file-01-2017/large-building-ordinance.pdf

Recycling Cart Requirements and Vendors:
https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/document-file-09-2018/cart-requirements-v3.pdf

New Recycling Program announcement sheet for residents:
https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/document-file-11-2017/sample_tennant_letter_.pdf

Trash and Recycling Links and Guide:
https://www.boston.gov/trash-and-recycling-guide

Household Hazardous Waste Drop off and Guidelines:
https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-works/get-rid-household-hazardous-waste

Public Works Information:
https://www.boston.gov/departments/public-works

Curbside – 7AM (Recycling & Trash Guidelines):
https://www.cityofboston.gov/images_documents/frank%20Proper%20Guidelines%20for%20website_tcm3-47903.pdf

Bill H.234:
https://malegislature.gov/Bills/187/H234/House/Bill/Text

Charleston, SC

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What We Can’t Recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact Information
  6. Glossary Links

Multifamily Ordinance:

  • Charleston County Environmental Management offers recycling service for residents living in apartments and condominiums
  • Participating communities agree to designate an area for recycling containers on their property, in or next to their garbage enclosure or in parking spaces close to the garbage dumpsters
  • Recycling containers are serviced on a weekly basis
  • If the apartment community does not recycle, residents can ask their Property Manager to contact the Charleston County Environments Management at (843)-720-7111
  • Property Managers must distribute the educational flyers below to their residents
  • Fun Fact: 86% of renters prefer to live in a green community with eco-friendly options (this makes communities more marketable to future residents)
  • The city provides single stream recycling (there is no sorting required) or all-in-one recycling; you can combine paper products, cardboard, plastic bottles & containers, aluminum, and glass all together

What We Can Recycle:

These items must be placed in the blue recycling bins:

  • Paper
    • Magazines
    • Newspapers
    • Office paper
    • Envelopes
    • Junk mail/envelopes
    • Greeting cards
    • Catalogs
    • Books/textbooks
    • Coupons
    • Posters
    • Sticky notes
    • Paper bags
    • Wrapping paper
  • Plastic Bottles & Containers
    • Water bottles
    • Soda bottles
    • Milk jugs
    • Liquid containers
    • Jars and tubs (yogurt, margarine tubs, etc.)
    • Detergent and all-purpose cleaner bottles
    • Soap and shampoo bottles
    • Rigid plastic product packaging such as clean rigid clamshell containers (Remove any plastic film or aluminum)
    • Plastic cups
    • Paperboard and cardboard
    • Corrugated cardboard boxes
    • Soda/beverage boxes
    • Shoe boxes
    • Gift boxes
    • Clean food boxes (cereal boxes, microwave meals, boxes of rice, etc.)
    • Paper Towel rolls
    • Paper egg cartons
  • Aluminum & Steel Cans
    • Aluminum cans and caps/lids
    • Steel and tin cans
    • Empty aerosol (spray) cans
  • Glass Bottles & Jars
    • Jars and caps (labels can be left on containers)
    • Bottles and bottle caps (label can be left on containers)

What We Can’t Recycle:

  • Plastic bags (i.e., shopping bags, cereal bags, trash bags)
  • Plastic wrap (i.e., thin plastic food wrap or shrink wrapping/product packaging)
  • Styrofoam packaging or food containers
  • Household garbage
  • Shredded paper
  • Food waste
  • Yard waste
  • Cartons (i.e., juice boxes, chicken broth cartons)
  • Bulky plastic items (i.e., toys, hangers)
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs
  • Electronics
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Construction debris (i.e., wood, insulation)
  • Rope-like items (i.e., garden hoses)
  • Medical waste (i.e., syringes)
  • Diapers or sanitary products
  • Propane tanks
  • Aluminum foil and trays
  • Motor oil and cooking oil
  • Paint

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

  • Charleston County Environmental Management provides help to property managers start and maintain a successful recycling program at their communities.
  • Staff is available to perform a free on-site waste assessment to assist with equipment placement, answer questions, and provide educational materials for community staff to distribute to residents.
  • The city provides the recycling options to multifamily dwellings, not sure if they can outsource to haulers or contracted companies

Collection Guidelines: *Proper cart placement makes Charleston County’s automated collection safer, cleaner and more efficient

  • Place recycling at the curb by 7 am on your recycling day or the night before
  • Set your cart at least 3 feet away from cars, mailboxes, and tree or shrubbery
  • Make sure the handles of the cart are facing your house (or building)
  • Only roll carts can be used. Old 22-gallon recycling bins cannot be collected at the curb; feel free to use these bins for recycling stations around your home, or return them to a Charleston County Convenience Center.
  • Please flatten cardboard boxes and place them in the cart. If you have additional cardboard that will not fit into the cart, break down the boxes and place them beside the cart. Please cute large boxes, like appliance boxes, down to 3 x 3 feet so that they will fit in the truck
  • If your household is consistently overfilling your provided cart, please contact the Recycling Center at (843)-720-7111

Before you recycle:

  • Empty and rinse all containers to remove food residue
  • Flatten paperboard and corrugated cardboard

For more information, please contact:

https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/environmental-management/index.php

Local Recycling Centers: Bees Ferry Road Convenience Center, 1344 Bees Ferry Road Charleston County Recycling Center, 13 Romney Street

Glossary Links

Multifamily Recycling Program:
https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/environmental-management/aprtmnt-condo-recycling.php

What we can and can’t recycle:
https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/environmental-management/recycle-what.php

Cardboard recycling guidelines:
https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/environmental-management/files/recycling-guidelines.pdf

How to recycle right flyer:
https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/environmental-management/files/HowtoRecycleRight.pdf

City of Charleston Waste FAQ:
https://www.charleston-sc.gov/faq.aspx?TID=21

Charlotte, NC

City Table of contents

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What We Can’t Recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact Information
  6. Glossary Links

Multifamily Ordinance:

  • The city of Charlotte provides garbage, recycling, and bulky waste collection services to multifamily properties (contracted to Waste Pro or North Carolina, Inc. started on July 1, 2018)
  • Dumpster Garbage Collection:
    • All garbage must be bagged
    • Ensure the collector has unobstructed access to the dumpster so service can be provided. If access is obstructed the driver will not be able to service, the dumpster
    • Please remove the obstruction to ensure service can be provided on the next scheduled collection day
  • Compactor Garbage Collection
    • All garbage must be bagged
    • Ensure the collector has unobstructed access to the compactor
      • If access is obstructed the driver will not be able to service, the compactor
    • Please remove the obstruction to ensure service can be provided on the next scheduled collection day
    • Ensure the compactor pad/location remains free of debris to the empty compactor may be returned to its location once serviced
  • Recycling Station Collection
    • Recyclables shall be placed in the cart loose or a brown paper bag (no plastic bags)
    • Cart contents must be free of contamination (non-recyclable items)
    • Cardboard must be cut or torn into pieces that will fit loosely into the recycling carts
    • Overflow cardboard must be flattened, cut into pieces measuring 3’X3’ and neatly stacked/bundled in stacks no higher than 3’ tall and placed adjacent to the recycling carts
    • Ensure the collector has unobstructed access to the recycling station. If access is obstructed or the carts are contaminated, the driver will not be able to collect the recyclables
    • Please remove any contamination or obstruction to ensure service can be provided on the next scheduled collection day
    • Please contact Mavis Gan at multifamily@charlottenc.gov if you need additional recycling carts delivered to your community
  • The city of Charlotte Solid Waste Services does not provide yard waste collection service for multifamily communities with dumpsters or compactors
  • Yard waste may not be disposed of in dumpsters or compactors

What We Can Recycle:

  • Plastic containers (with necks only)
  • Cartons and juice boxes
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Aluminum cans
  • Cereal boxes
  • Cardboard boxes (flattened)
  • Magazines
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Tin/steel cans
  • Paper (brown bags, high-grade paper)
  • Junk mail
  • Newspaper

What We Can’t Recycle:

  • Food
  • Plastic bags and trash
  • Shredded paper
  • Wire hangers
  • Hoses
  • Car parts
  • Cords
  • Sharps
  • Ropes
  • Scrap metal
  • Plastic film & bubble wrap
  • Syringes
  • Solo cups & plasticware
  • Plastic food containers
  • Diapers
  • Do not put your recycled items in a plastic bag; it will not be recycled
  • No ceramics or glassware such as Pyrex, flower vases, picture frames, etc. (if in good condition, donate if broken, trash can)
  • No pots and pans
  • No paper plates, cat litter, aluminum cooking pans, napkins
  • Do not put batteries in a recycling cart (take to a full-service recycling center)
  • No clamshells or Styrofoam products
  • No hardback books
  • No light bulbs (fluorescent and CFT go to Full-Service Recycling Center – all other bulbs can be disposed of in regular trash)

*Many of the unaccepted items above can be taken to retailers or any of the full-service recycling centers where they are recycled through separate systems

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

  • All cardboard must be torn into pieces no larger than 13 x 18 inches before being put into curbside bins. Also, cardboard should not be folded
  • Recycling services are provided by the city

For more information, please contact:

Email multifamily@charlottenc.gov questions about educating residents on services that are provided by Solid Waste.

Glossary Links

https://charlottenc.gov/SWS/ResidentServices/Pages/Multi-family-Collection.aspx

Chicago, IL

City Table of contents

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What We Can’t Recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact Information
  6. Glossary Links

Multifamily Ordinance

The New Chicago Ordinance was put in place on January 1, 2017 This New Ordinance affects the City of Chicago in its entirety

  • This ordinance requires communities to provide source-separated, single-stream recycling
  • Communities will also be responsible for implementing an ongoing educational program that includes posting signage, providing adequate carts, and sending written notice to residents about any changes
  • This new ordinance affects communities that have more than four units
  • Stiffer fines will be implemented, as stated in the new ordinance
    • Fines for noncompliance range from $500 up to $5,000
    • Each day that a building remains in violation is considered “a separate, distinct offense to which a separate fine shall apply”
  • The recycling containers provided need to clearly identify recycling containers, display a written and/or pictorial list of the recyclable material that may be deposited into such container, must be emptied on a regular basis, must be maintained free from odor
  • Community flyers must contain the following information at a minimum
    • Materials that are recyclable
    • Materials that are prohibited
    • Instructions on how to properly prepare materials for recycling
    • The location of recycling containers provided
    • The name of the valet service
    • The name and telephone number of a contact person authorized by the refuse, so residents always have a point of contact
    • Any other information that the Commissioner may require

What We Can Recycle:

  • Aluminum cans, aluminum trays, and foil
  • Steel and tin cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles and containers made from #1-#5 plastic resin, inclusive, or #7 plastic resin as indicated in the chasing arrow symbol on the item
  • Beverage cartons and aseptic packaging
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Paper bags
  • Wrapping paper (no bows or ribbons)
  • Magazines, catalogs, and telephone books
  • Office paper, computer paper, notebook and gift wrap paper
  • Chipboard and carrier stock packaging such as food and beverage boxes
  • Junk mail and envelopes
  • Paper books
  • Paper greeting cards
  • Beverage carrier stock (plastic rings and cardboard carrying cases)

What We Can’t Recycle:

  • Motor oil containers
  • Clothing and linens
  • Plastic or metal hangers
  • Paint or spray paint
  • Insecticide containers
  • Herbicide containers
  • Hazardous chemical containers
  • Plastic film
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic sheets
  • Plastic tarps
  • Expended foam
  • Reusable bottles, such as Nalgene or baby bottles
  • Clear polystyrene or Styrofoam (#6 plastic)
  • Any container or paper fiber other than those listed above
  • Landscape waste
  • Plastic products without a chasing arrow symbol

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

  • Source-separated recycling requires all persons citywide to place recyclable material in designated recycling containers and keep recyclable material separate from waste until such time that the recyclable material is collected for delivery to a properly permitted facility
  • Residents may call 311 to report non-compliance (i.e. lack of recycling receptacles or educational materials)
  • Lease agreements and lease renewals must include recycling education materials

For more information, please contact:

Streets and Sanitation (DSS) 121 North LaSalle Street, Room 1107 Chicago, IL 60602 Phone: 312.744.4611 Fax: 312.744.4737 TTY: 311

Glossary Links

Recycling Ordinance PDF:
https://www.recyclebycity.com/downloads/2016_RecyclingOrdinance.pdf

Recycling Guide Flyers provided by the city:
https://www.recyclebycity.com/chicago/guide

Chicago Recycling Ordinance:
https://www.recyclebycity.com/downloads/commerical_ordinance.pdf

Chicago Resident provided flyer:
https://domu-live.s3.amazonaws.com/RECYCLING%20INFORMATION%20FOR%20TENANTS%20FILLABLE%20-%20Cover%20Sheet.pdf

Chicago Recycling Flyer (Spanish and English Versions):
https://www.recyclebycity.com/chicago/brief/printable-recycling-guide

Denver, CO

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What We Can’t Recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact Information
  6. Glossary Links

Multifamily_Ordinance:_18:

  • Denver recycles is not authorized to provide services to commercial properties such as businesses and apartment communities
  • Residents are encouraged to utilize recycling centers
  • Property Managers/owners oversee the implementation/set up of recycling system
  • The city provides free paint recycling
  • Residents must inquire about staring a recycling/compost program

What We Can Recycle:

  • Bottles & Cans
    • Aluminum
    • Steel cans
    • Glass bottles
    • Plastic bottles
    • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Boxes
    • Flattened cardboard
    • Food boxes
    • Paper towel tubes
    • Pizza boxes flattened
  • Paper
    • Mixed paper
    • Newspaper
    • Paper cups
    • Food and beverage cartons empty
  • Plastics
    • Kitchen
    • Laundry
    • Bath: bottles and container empty

What We Can’t Recycle:

  • Garbage
  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Foil yogurt lids
  • Microwave popcorn bags
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Toys
  • Cassettes, DVDs, CD’s or plastic cases
  • Garden hoses or plastic tubes
  • Plastic shrink wrap
  • Plastic tubes, such as toothpaste or hair gel tubes
  • Fuel canisters (camping tanks)
  • Paper plates
  • Paperback or hardcover books
  • Bubble wrap or envelopes with bubble wrap inside
  • Ceramics
  • Candy or food wrappers
  • Potato chip bags
  • Plastic containers marked as “Compostable” or “PLA”
  • Scrap metal
  • Plastic flower pots
  • Glassware or window glass
  • Yard waste

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

For more information, please contact:

Denver 311 – Help Center Call 3-1-1

Glossary Links

Apartment & Multifamily Recycling:
https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/trash-and-recycling/resources/apartment—multi-family-recycling.html

Rules & Regulations:
https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/trash-and-recycling/recycling/recycling-directory-dropoff-locations.html#!rc-cpage=41340

Beginners Guide to Recycling:
https://www.zumper.com/blog/2017/05/recycling-in-your-apartment-a-beginners-guide/

What we can recycle!:
https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/trash-and-recycling/recycling/what-can-be-recycled.html

Free Paint Recycling:
https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/trash-and-recycling/hazardous-waste/reduce-paint-waste.html

Compost program:
https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/trash-and-recycling/composting/compost-collection-program.html

Recycling FAQ:
https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/trash-and-recycling/recycling/RecyclingFAQs.html

Recycling Directory:
https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/trash-and-recycling/recycling/recycling-directory-dropoff-locations.html

Recycling Card Service Guidelines:
https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/trash-and-recycling/recycling/recycling-service-guidelines.html

Durham, NC

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What We Can’t Recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact Information
  6. Glossary Links

Multifamily Ordinance: 

  • All communities must provide separation between recyclables and solid waste
  • There is no need to sort your recyclables
  • Do not bundle or place anything in a bag
  • Communities according to the Durham County recycling ordinance are required to make themselves available for recycling
    • They shall make a good faith effort to remove recyclables from the solid waste generated by residents
  • The city of Durham owns and operates one staffed recycling center
  • In 1997, Durham passed an ordinance which made it unlawful to place the target recyclables below in the garbage
    • Aluminum cans
    • Glass bottles and jars
    • Newspaper
    • Plastic bottles
    • Steel cans
    • Corrugated cardboard
    • The city provides recycling for these materials

What We Can Recycle:

  • Shredded paper must be placed in bags
    • Only paper or clear plastic bags are acceptable
  • Cardboard
    • Must be flattened and should fit inside the blue recycling cart
    • Corrugated
    • Residents may take excess cardboard (flattened) to the city’s transfer station
  • Glass and metal
    • Only glass bottles and jugs are acceptable
    • Anything with grease and food residue is unacceptable
    • Metal food and drink cans, trays & clean foil
  • Plastics
    • Rinse containers and remove grease and food residue
    • Do not place anything in the cart that is longer than 2 feet or heavier than 40 pounds
    • Plastic bottles, tubs & clamshells
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • White and colored paper
  • Paperboard boxes and tubes
  • Spiral paper cans
  • Newspapers, inserts, and junk mail
  • Gable top cartons and drink boxes
  • Paperback books and telephone books

What We Can’t Recycle: 

    • No drinking glasses or mirrors
    • Fluorescent bulbs should be taken to the household hazardous waste facility
    • Do not place anything in the cart that has met with petroleum products or hazardous waste
    • Foam or Styrofoam
    • Plastic bags
      • You can find a store that reuses
      • Window blinds
      • Food containers with debris
      • Empty motor oil containers
      • Wraps or film
      • Plastic trays
      • Wire hangers
      • Dishes, bulbs
      • Used paper napkins, towels or tissues
      • Hardback book or adhesive-backed paper
      • #6 plastic or foam
      • Plastic bottles form motor oil or pesticides

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice: 

  • Separate waste from recycling.
  • The following items are banned in landfills in Durham so do not throw them away must recycle or donate
    • Aluminum cans – effective July 1, 1994
    • Antifreeze – effective July 1, 1994
    • Appliances – effective January 1, 1991
    • Beverage containers from ABC permit holders – effective January 1, 2008
    • Computer equipment – effective July 1, 2011
    • Lead-acid batteries – effective January 1, 1991
    • Oil filters – effective October 1, 2009
    • Plastic bottles – effective October 1, 2009
    • Scrap (whole) tires – effective March 1, 1990
    • Televisions and electronics – July 1, 2011
    • Used oil – effective October 1, 1990
    • Wood pallets – effective October 1, 2009
    • Yard waste – effective January 1, 1993
  • Color meaning
    • Blue cart
      • Recyclables noted on the reverse side into blue roll-out cart should be placed in here
    • Green cart
      • Household garbage (all non-recyclable materials should be placed in this)
    • Brown cart
      • Yard waste (grass clippings, tree limbs & leaves) go in this cart
      • This is an optional, fee-based program (must contact Solid Waste Management to subscribe)

For more information, please contact: 

City of Durham Solid Waste Management http://DurhamNC.gov/Recycling Durham One Call (919) 560-1200

Glossary Links

Recycling flyer:
https://durhamnc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/18016/Durham-Recycles-Cart-Tag_noHole_11-17_web?bidId=

Recycling Drop-Off Sites:
https://durhamnc.gov/870/Recycling-Drop-Off-Sites

Waste Disposal & Recycling Center:
https://durhamnc.gov/878/Waste-Disposal-Recycling-Center

Recycling Laws:
https://durhamnc.gov/871/Recycling-Laws

Recycling Overview:
https://durhamnc.gov/862/Recycling

Durham County Ordinance:
https://www.dconc.gov/home/showdocument?id=1282

Fort Worth, TX

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What We Can’t Recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact Information
  6. Glossary Links

Multifamily Ordinance: 

  • Property managers/owners must complete and submit a recycling plan (http://fortworthtexas.gov/uploadedFiles/Code_Compliance/Education_and_Outreach/AptRecycling_plan.pdf)
    • This recycling plan is to be submitted to the city, three months prior to their scheduled recycling start date
    • Property owners/managers with pre-existing recycling programs are asked to complete a recycling plan; which should describe their existing recycling program and submit the plan to the city
  • The City of Fort Worth curbside garbage and recycling services are provided by Waste Management and Knight Waste Services
  • Owners/managers must provide containers or bags of appropriate size and number for residents (which they can do through a private contract; meaning we must provide these containers or recycling bags to each resident)
  • Must place recycling containers as close as possible to garbage containers (to provide convenience to residents)
    • According to city guidelines if communities use or provide door-to-door valet service as the main method of waste collection, then it is recommended that the collection of recyclables be equivalent
  • Must service recycling containers frequently enough to avoid overflowing containers
  • Labels on containers must be made clear
    • Signage should indicate that containers are for recyclables only and list the types of materials accepted
  • Multifamily property owners/managers must ensure that residents are educated about the provided recycling services
    • Property managers/owners must provide educational material to new and existing occupants upon move-in
    • They are also required to inform occupants of any change in the recycling collection service (i.e., container placement)

What We Can Recycle:

You can place these following items in the blue cart *If you are not sure how to recycle an item, please visit the link below. Find the Waste Wizard search bar and type in your waste item for more knowledge http://fortworthtexas.gov/solidwaste/recycling/

  • Metal
    • Beverage and food cans
    • Should be rinsed, but labels can be left on
  • Paper and cardboard
    • Flattened cardboard, newspapers, magazines, office paper and common mail
    • Must be clean and dry
  • Glass containers
    • Should be rinsed, but labels can be left on; all colors are accepted
  • Plastic
    • Plastic bottles and jugs- food and liquid containers with the lids on
    • Rigid plastic
    • Should be rinsed but leave the caps on afterward and containers must be hard plastic. Plastic bags or film are not accepted

What We Can’t Recycle: 

  • Plastic bags
  • Batteries and electronics
  • Yard waste
  • No soiled paper
  • No medical waste
  • Construction waste
  • Toys
  • No garbage
    • Do not bag recyclables
  • Nothing that can tangle easily
    • This includes hoses, wires, chains or electronics
  • Diapers
  • Soiled cardboard
  • Clothing
  • Styrofoam
  • Food or liquid
    • All containers should be emptied before recycling

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

  • Must provide educational services based on the recycling option provided in the community.
  • Must complete a recycling plan and submit it to the city for approval before starting any recycling initiatives
  • Provide clear labeling for recycling containers
  • Must frequently collect (enough to avoid overflowing of containers)
  • Property owners/managers must provide containers or bags for recycling (to each resident)
  • You can also download the City of Fort Worth Garbage & Recycling app; to get collection reminders and look up how to dispose of waste

For more information, please contact: 

AptRecycling@FortWorthTexas.gov or call 817-392-1234

Glossary Links

http://fortworthtexas.gov/aptrecycling/

Multifamily Recycling Plan for Property Owners and Managers: http://fortworthtexas.gov/uploadedFiles/Code_Compliance/Education_and_Outreach/AptRecycling_plan.pdf

Steps and Guidelines for Multifamily property owners or managers: http://fortworthtexas.gov/uploadedFiles/Code_Compliance/Education_and_Outreach/AptRecycling_checklist.pdf

Recycling Flyers:
For Facilities with cardboard, paper, metal, rigid plastic, and plastic bag recycling English:
http://fortworthtexas.gov/codecompliance/solidwaste/assets/Crdbrd_Pap_Met_Plas_Bags.pdf
Spanish:
http://fortworthtexas.gov/codecompliance/solidwaste/assets/Ver-1_Crdbrd_Pap_Met_Plas_Bags-SPANISH.pdf

For facilities with cardboard, paper, metal, glass, rigid plastic, and plastic bag recycling:
English:
http://fortworthtexas.gov/codecompliance/solidwaste/assets/Crdbrd_Pap_Plas_Met_Glass_Bags.pdf
Spanish:
http://fortworthtexas.gov/codecompliance/solidwaste/assets/Ver-2_Crdbrd_Pap_Plas_Met_Glass_Bags-SPANISH.pdf

For facilities with cardboard, paper, metal, glass, and rigid plastic recycling:
English:
http://fortworthtexas.gov/codecompliance/solidwaste/assets/Crdbrd_Pap_Plas_Met_Glass.pdf
Spanish:
http://fortworthtexas.gov/codecompliance/solidwaste/assets/Ver-3_Crdbrd_Pap_Plas_Met_Glass-SPANISH.pdf

For facilities with cardboard, metal, paper, and rigid plastic:
English:
http://fortworthtexas.gov/codecompliance/solidwaste/assets/Crdbrd_Pap_Plas_Met.pdf
Spanish:
http://fortworthtexas.gov/codecompliance/solidwaste/assets/Ver-4_Crdbrd_Pap_Plas_Met-SPANISH.pdf

Miami-Metropolitan Area, FL

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What We Can’t Recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact Information
  6. Glossary Links

Miami-Dade County is in this area as well which includes Miami and Fort Lauderdale
*This area includes the following cities: Miami- Hialeah, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Miramar, Coral Springs, Miami Gardens, Pompano Beach, West Palm Beach, Davie, Boca Raton, Sunrise, Plantation, Miami Beach, Deerfield Beach, Boynton Beach, Lauderhill, Weston

Multifamily Ordinance: 

  • Recycling in multifamily communities (apartment buildings and condominiums) is mandatory. These services can be provided by a permitted hauler, private recycling hauler or their appropriate governmental agency
    • If communities do not comply, they could be fined; ranging from $300 to $950 based on the number of units
  • The hauler must include, at minimum the five materials below
    • Newspaper, glass (flint, emerald, amber), aluminum cans, steel cans, plastics (PETE, NDPE-natural, HDPE colored)
    • The failure of a multifamily community to provide a recycling program or modified recycling program shall constitute a violation. Which the property owners shall be liable.
  • All residents are required to separate, from all other solid waste collected, the following materials
    • Newspaper, glass, aluminum cans, steel cans, plastics
  • Must place materials in specialized receptacles or in any other manner which the county manager determines shall facilitate the recycling of such materials

What We Can Recycle:

  • Paper products
    • Newspaper
    • Office paper
    • Junk mail
    • Phone books
    • Catalogs
    • Magazines
    • Shoe boxes
    • Paperboard boxes that have help cereal, cookies, crackers, pasta, etc.
  • Carboard
  • Narrow-neck plastic containers (flattened container and replace cap)
  • Aseptic containers (juice boxes and coated paperboard milk)
  • Glass bottles and jars that are clear, brown or green
  • Metal (aluminum and steel food and beverage containers)

What We Can’t Recycle: 

  • Prohibited plastic
    • Plastic bags
    • Styrofoam cups
    • Plates and food containers
    • Meatpacking trays
    • Styrofoam egg cartons
    • Plastic silverware
  • Polystyrene products
  • Straws
  • Home chemicals
    • Paints
    • Pesticides
    • Aerosol cans
    • Engine/motor/oil
  • Electronics waste and accessories
    • PCs
    • Monitors
    • Television
    • Printer cartridges
    • Keyboards
    • Cell phones
    • Home telephones
    • Radios
    • Speakers
    • CDs and DVDs
    • CDs and DVDs players
  • Batteries
    • Dry cell batteries
    • Lead-acid batteries
  • Coat hangers
  • Small appliances
  • Microware trays
  • Cooking pots and pans
  • Garbage, debris, dirt or yard trash
  • Other glass products: window or auto glass, light bulbs, fluorescent bulbs, mirrors, cookware, ceramic, bakeware

  Electronics Recycling: 

  • Computers
  • Televisions
  • Audio and video equipment
  • Cellular phones and more

  Household Appliances: 

  • Refrigerators
  • Stoves
  • Dishwashers
  • Water healers
  • Washers and dryers

  Home Chemical Collection: 

  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s), non-rechargeable alkaline household batteries and certain rechargeable batteries
  • Oil-based paints
  • Pesticides
  • Solvents
  • Call 311 to find a location near you

  Sharps Disposal: 

  • Medical waste such as syringes, needles can be disposed at Miami-Dade County Health Department-approved locations

*These items can be taken to Trash and Recycling centers (only Miami-Dade County waste customers can use these facilities) or Home Chemical Collection Centers (all residents can use them)

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

For more information, please contact: 

Department of Solid Waste 1290 N.W. 20th Street Miami, FL 33142 Email: solidwastecustomerservice@miamigov.com

Phone: 305-960-2801

Glossary Links

City of Miami Solid Waste Information:
https://www.miamigov.com/Government/Departments-Organizations/Solid-Waste

Recycling Do’s and Don’ts (City of Miami):
https://www.miamigov.com/Services/Garbage-Recycling/Recycling-Dos-and-Donts

City of Miami Bulky Trash Collection:
https://www.miamigov.com/Services/Garbage-Recycling/About-Bulky-Trash-Collection

Recycling Maps and Schedules:
https://www.miamigov.com/Services/Garbage-Recycling/View-Recycling-Maps-Schedules

Miami-Dade County: Recycling in Multifamily Buildings:
https://www8.miamidade.gov/global/service.page?Mduid_service=ser1494968488205894

Miami-Dade County: Application for commercial and multifamily modified recycling program:
https://www.miamidade.gov/solidwaste/library/forms/commercial-multi-family-recycling.pdf

Miami-Dade County Ordinance:
https://library.municode.com/fl/miami_-_dade_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIICOOR_CH15SOWAMA_S15-2.2REPRREMUMIREES

Home Chemical Collection Centers:
https://www8.miamidade.gov/global/service.page?Mduid_service=ser1464798615648535

Los Angeles, CA

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What We Can’t Recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact Information
  6. Glossary Links

Multifamily Ordinance 

*This Ordinance applies to the city in its entirety (The only difference is who services the different counties; which can be found in the Los Angeles link glossary under the title: “Mandatory Commercial Recycling (F.A.Q.)” This was passed on July 1, 2012

Ways communities can comply with the Multifamily Ordinance

  • Must separate recyclable materials from your refuse and take them to a recycling center or subscribing to a service for the collection of recyclables by a permitted hauler
  • Subscribing for services with a permitted hauler who collects all your waste in one bin and separates the recyclables from the trash at a different time
  • A multifamily dwelling of 5 units or more must abide by this new ordinance

What We Can Recycle: 

  • Paper — All clean, dry paper, including:
    • Computer paper
    • Ledger paper
    • Arts and craft paper
    • Unwanted mail
    • Flyers
    • Telephone books
    • Notecards
    • Newspaper
    • Magazines
    • File folders
    • Paper bags
    • Post-it notes
    • Catalogs
    • All envelopes, including those with windows
  • Cardboard 
    • All cardboard boxes and chipboard, including:
    • Cereal boxes
    • Tissue boxes
    • Dry food boxes
    • Frozen food boxes
    • Shoe boxes
    • Detergent boxes
    • Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
    • Cardboard boxes (broken down and flattened)
  • Cartons 
    • All refrigerated, shelf-stable, aseptic packaging, including:
    • Fruit juice boxes and cartons
    • Orange juice cartons
    • Milk cartons
    • Wine boxes
    • Soy milk, rice milk, and almond milk boxes and cartons
    • Cereal boxes
    • Heavy cream cartons
    • Egg substitute cartons
  • Metals
    • All aluminum, tin, metal, and bi-metal cans wiped out if possible, including:
    • Soda cans
    • Juice cans
    • Soup cans
    • Vegetable cans
    • Pet food cans
    • Pie tins
    • Clean aluminum foil
    • Empty paint and aerosol cans
    • Wire hangers
  • Glass
    • All glass bottles and jars, wiped out if possible, including:
    • Soda bottles
    • Wine bottles
    • Beer bottles
    • Spaghetti sauce jars
    • Pickle jars
    • Broken bottles
  • Plastic
    • All plastics numbers 1 through 7
    • Empty plastic containers, wiped out if possible, including:
    • Soda bottles
    • Juice bottles
    • Detergent containers
    • Bleach containers
    • Shampoo bottles
    • Lotion bottles
    • Mouthwash bottles
    • Dishwashing liquid bottles
    • Milk jugs
    • Tubs for margarine and yogurt
    • Plastic planters
    • Food and blister packaging
    • Rigid clamshell packaging
    • All clean plastic bags (grocery bags, dry cleaner bags, and film plastics)
    • All clean polystyrene products (plates, cups, containers, egg cartons, block packaging, and packing materials)
    • Plastic hangers
    • Non-electric plastic toys
    • Plastic swimming pools
    • Plastic laundry baskets
    • Car seats (cloth removed)

What We Can’t Recycle: 

  • No paper spoiled by food waste
  • Broken glass (broken glass bottles can be included)
  • Hazardous materials
  • Batteries, medical waste, pesticide, pool cleaner, and garden chemicals
  • Solvents/automotive/flammables/electronics can only be disposed at disposal centers or collection events
  • Diapers
  • Electric cords
  • Clothing/fabric
  • Appliances
  • Mini blinds
  • Kitchen Utensils
  • Rubber tires
  • Wood
  • Garden hoses
  • Lawn furniture
  • Construction materials
  • Asphalt or concrete

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

  • Make sure to have ongoing education and information for residents about what they can recycle and how they need to recycle
  • Must separate recyclables accordingly

For more information, please contact: 

recycLA Customer Care 1-800-773-2489

Glossary Link

Mandatory Commercial Recycling (F.A.Q): https://www.lacitysan.org/san/faces/home/portal/s-lsh-wwd/s-lsh-wwd-s/s-lsh-wwd-s-r/s-lsh-wwd-s-r-mcrab;jsessionid=GROx2IkGmft4uG1t0Zem-aO888ckmlf1xsbV32PdN4Q-ylX3yFxL!949839544!212713299?_adf.ctrl-state=125k9qqgn7_1&_afrLoop=4970692231953735&_afrWindowMode=0&_afrWindowId=null#!%40%40%3F_afrWindowId%3Dnull%26_afrLoop%3D4970692231953735%26_afrWindowMode%3D0%26_adf.ctrl-state%3D125k9qqgn7_5

Bill Number: AB-341: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0301-0350/ab_341_bill_20111006_chaptered.html

Zero Waste PDF: https://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/tf/isw/isw_2018_02.pdf

New York City, NY

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What We Can’t Recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact Information
  6. Glossary Links

*NYC Recycling laws are across all five boroughs

*NYC lags, behind large cities in recycling with only 15% of residential trash being recycled

Multifamily Ordinance: 

  • Residents must separate recyclables into mixed paper or cardboard; and metal, glass plastic or cartons. Once separated, they need to be placed in clear plastic bags or recycling bins
  • NYC provides an organics collection program
  • All residents that receive DSNY (The city of NY Department of Sanitation)
  • All commercial businesses/commercial tenants are required by law to recycle
  • Recyclables must be separated as follows: metal, glass, plastic, paper, cardboard
  • It is never, under any circumstances, permitted for recyclable material to be collected in the same bag with garbage or be placed in the same compartment of a truck or container with garbage
  • Property owners must notify residents, at least annually about the recycling and waste management policies of the community. These policies must be compliant to NYC rules, and a copy of this must be available upon request by DSNY
  • Your business must post an official decal identifying all carters utilized.
  • If your business prefers to transport your own recyclables, registration must be obtained from the NYC Business Integrity Commission (BIC)

What We Can Recycle:

  • Mixed paper and cardboard 
    • Newspapers, magazines, catalogs
    • Receipts
    • Wrapping paper
    • Envelopes, including window envelopes
    • Softcover books (no hardcover books)
    • Cardboard boxes, including pizza boxes (first throw away the liner)
    • Egg cartons
    • Paper bags
    • Paper towel rolls
    • Paper cups
  • Metal, glass, plastic, and cartons
    • Soda cans, food cans, spray paint bottles
    • Plastic bottles, cups, and food containers
    • Plastic silverware
    • Plastic toys
    • Glass bottles and jars
    • Milk, juice, other liquid cartons
    • Aluminum foil
    • Pots and pans
    • Wire or plastic hangers
    • Plastic hampers
    • Keys
    • Rigid plastic
    • Metal furniture (chairs, filing cabinets)

What We Can’t Recycle:

  • Food-contaminated paper
  • Hardcover books
  • Bubble wrap
  • Batteries
  • Plastic bags
  • Squeeze tubes and pouches (E.G., Capri Sun juice pouches)
  • Styrofoam
  • Pens and markers
  • Cables, wire and cords
  • Photographs
  • Tissues
  • Napkins
  • Paper plates
  • Paper towels
  • Tissue paper or waxed and plastic-coated paper (E.G., candy wrappers)

Organic Collection Program 

  • Vegetables and fruit 
  • Nuts
  • Cereal
  • Meat, fish, and bones
  • Pasta and rice
  • Baked goods
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and eggshells
  • Flour and grains
  • Paper towels
  • Brown paper bags
  • Coffee filters and tea bags
  • Paper plates
  • Napkins
  • Paper food boats and trays
  • Lawn and leaf waste
  • Yard waste
  • Grass clippings
  • Garden trimmings
  • Leaves

Do not include: 

  • Recyclable items
  • Hygiene or medical items
  • Pet waste
  • Plastic or foam containers
  • Plastic shopping bags or cleaning products

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

  • All commercial residences are required to recycle
  • Wherever there is a garbage bin, there should be a recycling bin
  • Color-code your recycling program
    • Provided by the city (Please check city’s glossary; Titled Recycling Materials Library)
  • Create and develop a plan for how waste will be collected and set out
    • This plan should comply with the following types of recycling collection
      • Source-separated collection
      • Co-collection
      • Single-stream collection
  • Make sure to separate your recyclables and place in clear bags separate from solid waste
  • Provide education to the residents:
    • Notify residents in writing what and how materials must be separated for recycling
    • Post maintains at least one sign in areas where garbage is collected and/or stored indicating what materials must be separated for recycling and how they shall be collected
    • Provide containers or another method of collecting recyclables in public area where these items are common
  • Additional metal, glass, and plastic recyclables may also be collected for recycling if the private contractor has included as a recyclable by written agreement
    • Related law to the above point: 1 6 RCNY §1-10(a)

Fines:

  • All recyclables if not recycled properly are subject to:
    • $100 (1st offense); $200 (2nd offense); $400 (3rd offense)
  • If you do not separate recyclables (I.E., If we do not offer separation to communities, they will be fined)
    • $100 (1st offense); $200 (2nd offense); $400 (3rd offense)

For more information, please contact: 

NYC Department of Sanitation Central Correspondence Unit 59 Maiden Lane, 5th Floor New York, NY 10038

If you cannot find the information you are looking for email the Commissioner- Department of Sanitation (Kathryn Garcia) https://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/mail/dsny-email-the-commissioner.page

Glossary Links

Recycling Laws for Residents: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/resources/recycling-and-garbage-laws/recycling-laws-for-residents

Recycling Laws for Businesses: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/resources/recycling-and-garbage-laws/recycling-laws-for-business

Contact us Link: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/contact

Laws and Regulations for Businesses: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/services/recycling/businesses-laws-and-regulations

Recycling Materials Library (Flyers, Decals, guidelines, signage, etc.): These are provided in a plethora of languages from Spanish to Haitian Creole https://materials.bwprronline.org/home/150

Oakland, CA

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What We Can’t Recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact Information
  6. Glossary Links

*Mandatory recycling has been in effect since July 1, 2012, for multifamily communities with 5 or more units as well as businesses and institutions with 4 or more cubic yards of garbage service

Multifamily Ordinance: 

  • Provide containers and service of enough size and frequency for recyclable materials at the same or an equally convenient location as garbage
  • Provide containers and service that are sufficient in size and frequency for organics (food scraps and compostable paper) at the same or an equally convenient location as garbage
  • Provide annual information to employees, residents, and contractors describing how to properly use to recycling, garbage, and organics containers, as well as no later than 14 days after move-in and no less than 14 days prior to move-out
  • Recycling collection is available to multifamily buildings at no additional cost (provided by California Waste Solutions)
    • Free onsite waste and recycling assessments are available upon request
  • The city also offers bulk pick up
  • The city provides free multifamily toolkits upon request (including resident door hangers, posters, in-unit collection caddies)

What We Can Recycle:

  • Empty glass
    • Aluminum
    • Metal
    • Plastic containers
    • Beverage
    • Soup boxes
    • Clean paper
  • Cardboard

What We Can’t Recycle: 

  • Food scraps
  • Hazardous items
    • Polystyrene
    • Foam packaging
    • Paint
    • Light bulbs
      • Contamination charges may apply if the wrong material is found in the wrong container

Compost

  • Food scraps
  • Food soiled paper
  • Plant debris

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

  • Provide recycling container, garbage, and organics (they must all be in the same vicinity or equally convenient for residents)
  • Provide annual education to residents, contractors, and employees (overseen by managers)
  • Property managers must provide this educational information no later than 14 days after move-in and no less than 14 days prior to move-out

For more information, please contact: 

Garbage & Organics Service Provider Information: Waste Management of Alameda County www.oaklandrecycles.com Phone: (510) 613-8710

Multifamily Recycling Service Provider: California Waste Solutions www.calwaste.com Phone: (510) 625-5263

City Information: City of Oakland www.oaklandrecycles.com Phone: (510) 238-SAVE (7283)

Glossary Links

Compliance Requirements: http://www.recyclingrulesac.org/city/city-of-oakland/

http://www.recyclingrulesac.org/multi-family-property-owners-managers-overview/

http://www.recyclingrulesac.org/multi-family-building-residents/

City Ordinance Overview: http://www.recyclingrulesac.org/ordinance-overview/

Free Tools and Resources: https://www.oaklandrecycles.com/multifamily-free-tools-resources/

Bulk Pick Up services: https://www.oaklandrecycles.com/bulky-pickup-services/

Recycling made easy (Compost Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m7G7xDp228

What Can I recycle, compost, or throw away?: https://www.oaklandrecycles.com/apartments-condos/

Orlando, FL

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What We Can’t Recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact Information
  6. Glossary Links

*The City of Orlando is aiming to “divert waste to the landfill to zero” by 2040

*All new residential and commercial construction projects will have to submit a recycling plan by Oct.1 to receive a certificate of occupancy

*Large multifamily residential buildings of at least 250 units and commercial buildings of at least 200,000 square feet must offer recycling by April 1, 2020

*Residences of 74 units or more and commercial buildings of 100,000-199,999 square feet must comply by April 21, 2021

*Small residences of 4-74 units and all commercial buildings must comply by April 1, 2023

*Multifamily: 4 or more units under one roof. Single-family, duplex, and triplex don’t apply to the mandatory program and are still covered by a successful residential recycling program

*Currently, Orlando does not require multifamily communities to recycle

Multifamily Ordinance: 

  • Building owners must provide a recycling container, arrange for recyclable material collection, and maintain and submit verification records
  • No refuse or recycling containers shall be located within any required front or street side yard setback
    • No such containers should be in any required parking space or vehicular area, or any required buffer yard or landscaping area
  • Service access – must provide fifty feet of clear backup space “as measured perpendicular from the screen area shall be provided from the face of the refuse and recycling containers’ screening, unless otherwise approved by the Solid Waste Bureau Chief
    • “No encroachment into this area by parking spaces, non-driveway sidewalks, or landscape areas shall be allowed
  • Recycling can be done through a private contractor, or the city can provide recycling services if the community chooses to do so

What We Can Recycle:

  •  Plastic
    • Bottles and containers labeled #1-#5 (lids or caps can stay on)
    • Plastic cup lid
    • Detergent bottle
    • Egg carton
    • Milk jug
    • Soda bottle
    • Single-serve food container
    • Sauce bottle
    • Plastic take-out container
    • Tubs
    • Cup (plastic)
    • Liquor container
    • Plastic ‘clam shell’ container
    • Beverage bottle
    • Soap bottle
  • Glass
    • Bottles and jars (remove lids or caps)
    • Wine bottle
    • Liquor container
    • Beer bottle
  • Metal
    • Tin, aluminum, steel, and empty aerosol cans
    • Beer can
    • Beverage can (empty)
    • Food can (no residue)
  • Cardboard
    • Must be flattened
    • Soup box
    • Aseptic carton
    • Boxboard
    • Cardboard can
    • Coffee cup tray
    • Corrugated cardboard
    • Juice box
    • Pizza box (empty, no food residue)
    • Cardboard tube from wrapping paper
    • Big boxes
  • Paper
    • Newspapers, junk mail, sheets of paper and drink cartons
    • Wrapping paper (paper only)
    • Toilet paper roll
    • Paper towel roll
    • Envelope
    • Phone book
    • Magazine
    • Standard greeting cards, gift boxes (no glitter or photos)
    • Flyers

What We Can’t Recycle: 

  • Food waste
  • Plastic bags
  • Polystyrene foam cups and containers
  • Aluminum food pans
  • Keep wet materials and liquids out of the bin

*Plastic bags harm recycling machinery; you must empty the recycling directly into the cart

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

  • Large communities – multifamily developments of more than 250 and commercial buildings over 200,000 sq. ft. would have to submit and implement a recycling plan within 12 months of the ordinance effective date
  • Medium communities – multifamily developments with 15-249 units and commercial buildings 100,000-199,999 would have to submit and implement a recycling plan within 24 months of the ordinance effective date
  • All other communities would have to submit and implement a recycling plan within 48 months of the ordinance effective date

For more information, please contact: 

Solid Waste Division 1028 Woods Avenue Orlando, FL 32805 Phone: 407.246.2314 Email: swcustomersvc@orlando.gov

Glossary Links

Mandatory Commercial and Multifamily Recycling:
https://d12v9rtnomnebu.cloudfront.net/diveimages/OrlandoOrdinance2019-9.pdf

Ordinance Link:
https://d12v9rtnomnebu.cloudfront.net/diveimages/OrlandoOrdinance2019-08.pdf

Multifamily & Commercial Recycling:
https://www.orlando.gov/Initiatives/Multifamily-Commercial-Recycling

What goes where:
https://www.orlando.gov/Trash-Recycling/What-Goes-Where

FAQ:
https://www.orlando.gov/Initiatives/Weekly-Recycling-and-Garbage-Collection-Program

https://www.orlando.gov/Trash-Recycling/What-Goes-Where#!rc-page=231722

Phoenix, AZ

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What We Can’t Recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact Information
  6. Glossary Links

Multifamily Ordinance: 

What We Can Recycle:

*Place these items in your blue recycling bins

Do not bag recyclables; keep all recyclables loose

  • Cardboard
    • Please breakdown boxes
      • Anything less than 2.5” in diameter cannot be recycled
  • Paper (If you can rip the paper you can recycle it)
    • Cereal boxes (remove plastic liner)
    • Office paper, junk mail, sticky notes, magazines
    • Clean pizza boxes
      • Must be free of food, grease, and liquids
    • Newspaper
    • Egg cartons (paper or plastic, no foam)
    • Empty paper milk cartons
    • Empty soup and juice boxes (aseptic containers)
    • Envelopes (windows are ok)
    • Packing or craft paper
    • Paper bags
    • Shredded paper (place in a clear plastic bag)
    • Wrapping paper (non-metallic)
  • Food boxes
  • Mail
  • Beverage cans
  • Food cans
  • Glass bottles
    • Bottles and jars only (lid off)
  • Jars (glass and plastic)
  • Plastic bottles with a cap on
    • Hard plastic (no foam)
    • Coffee cup lids
    • Cups, jars, and jugs
    • Tubs, lids, clamshells, containers
  • Metal
    • Aluminum cans
    • Aluminum foil or trays (clean off all food; ball foil into softball size)
    • Steel and tin cans

What We Can’t Recycle: 

*Do not place these in your recycling bins:

  • Plastic bags, other soft plastics, and wraps
  • Take to the grocery store to be recycled
  • Electronics
  • Bring it to the next household hazardous waste and electronics event
  • Return to a local electronics store
  • Textiles and clothing
  • Donate to resale stores
  • Paper towels, napkins or tissues (these are considered composting materials)
  • Polystyrene or foam
  • Food scraps and yard waste (consider composting)
  • Batteries (return to local electronics or hardware store)
  • Light bulbs (return to local hardware store)
  • Large scrap metal or car parts (take to local scrap yard)
  • Compostable bags
  • Pre-washed salad, mix bags
  • Frozen food bags
  • Candy wrappers
  • Chip bags
  • Six-pack rings

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

  • When in doubt use the Zero Waste Assistance search engine below 
  • https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/residential-recycling
  • Zero Waste education is available for residents
  • https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/zero-waste
  • The city of Phoenix offers soft plastic recycling (separately)
  • Accepted Soft Materials
  • Grocery and retail bags
    • Air pillows
    • Case wrap
    • Dry cleaning bags
    • Newspaper bags
    • Bread bags
    • Produce bags
    • Plastic cereal box liners
    • Zip-top food storage bags
    • Plastic wrap packaging
    • Not Accepted
      • Compostable bags
      • Pre-washed salad, mix bags
      • Frozen food bags
      • Candy wrappers
      • Chip bags
      • Six-pack rings
  • Usually done through drop-off locations (retail stores) 
  • AJ’s
  • Albertsons
    • Bashas’
    • Best Buy
    • Fry’s
    • Food City
    • IGA Family of Stores
    • Kohl’s
    • Los Altos Ranch Markets
    • Safeway
    • Sprouts Farmers Market
    • Target
    • Walmart

https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/softplastic

For more information, please contact: 

Phoenix recycling 602-262-6251 phoenix.gov/recycle

For further question concerning soft plastic recycling, please contact: Public Works Department 602-262-6251 cityservicesbill@phoenix.gov

Glossary Links

Multifamily Recycling Guide:
https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/Documents/Multi-Family%20Recycling%20Guide.pdf#search=recycling

Christmas Tree Recycling:
https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/recycling/christmas-tree-recycling

City-provided recycling flyers:
https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/Documents/WEB_Zero%20Waste%20Recycling%20List%208-18.pdf#search=recycling

https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/Documents/Zero%20Waste%20Recycling%20List%206-18%20(2)_ES.pdf

https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/Documents/10%20In%20The%20Bin%20Flyer-E-S%20FINAL.pdf

Common Recycling Myths:
https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworkssite/Documents/Recycling%20Myths.pdf#search=recycling

What to place in your recycling container?:
https://www.phoenix.gov/publicworks/residential-recycling

Portland, OR

City Table of Contents

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What we can’t recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact us
  6. Glossary Links

Multifamily Ordinance

*This was made effective August 1st, 2015

  • The single-use plastic bag is banned
  • Polystyrene foam containers are banned
  • All Portland businesses are required to recycle paper, plastic bottles, metal cans, and glass bottles and jars
  • Containers are not allowed to be stored on the sidewalk or streets
  • Communities will be required to provide enough space for onsite collection and storage of garbage and recycling
  • Communities must provide a recycling system that is convenient to tenants for all materials that can be recycled in Portland
  • They have two sorting systems, where glass is collected in one container, and all other recyclables are collected in another container
  • All communities shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure the provision of central collection containers for a two-sort system
  • It is not feasible to provide a central collection system for recyclable materials at any multifamily communities
  • The community owner must provide at least two bins to each unit; they must label each bin to identify the unit it belongs to and must ensure the bins are replaced if lost or damaged
  • Please refer to the minimum storage table below

What We Can Recycle:

Mixed Recycling (Paper, Plastic, Metal)

  • Paper
    • Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phones books, flattened cardboard boxes, scrap paper, junk mail, cartons (milk, juice, soup)
    • Shredded paper must be in a paper bag
  • Plastic
    • Bottles with a neck and tubs (6 oz or larger)
    • Plant pots (4 inches or larger)
    • Buckets (5 gallons or smaller)
    • Discard lids
  • Metal
    • Aluminum
    • Tin and steel food cans
    • Empty dry metal paint cans
    • Empty aerosol cans
    • Aluminum foil
    • Scrap metal (smaller than 30 inches and less than 30 pounds)
  • Glass Only Recycling
    • Glass bottles and jars only
      • Mix all colors
      • Rinse
      • Labels are okay to include
      • Separate from other recyclables.

What we can’t recycle:

  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic lids
  • Diapers
  • Freezer boxes
  • Coffee cups
  • Pesticide or herbicide bottles
  • Propane cylinders
  • Household garbage
  • Light bulbs
  • Drinking glasses
  • Flower vases
  • Ceramics
  • Broken glass

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

  • Separate recyclable materials from mixed waste and set out these materials for recycling collection
  • Must separate all paper and containers from mixed waste and set out for recycling collection
  • All residents in buildings where garbage collection is provided as part of the rental or lease agreement shall use the collection system for recyclables and compostable made available by the community owner or manager
  • Communities that separate glass for recycling collection must keep it separate from all recyclable paper
  • All communities shall recycle all paper and containers
  • They shall separate all food scraps from mixed waste and set out for collection
  • Correctly label all interior and all exterior recycling and composting containers and provide accurate signs and instructions that identify the materials that the community must recycle

For further information, please contact:

Portland’s Garbage and Recycling Hotline 503-823-7202 wasteinfo@portlandoregon.gov

Glossary Links

Portland’s Rules and Regulations:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/41472

Business and Multifamily community recycling requirements:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/294930

Guide to Garbage and Recycling:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/index.cfm?cce_67473_print=1&c=67473

Oregon’s Recycling Laws:
https://www.oregon.gov/deq/recycling/Pages/Oregon’s-Recycling-Laws.aspx

Composting and Recycling Events:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/43211

Raleigh, NC

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What we can’t recycle
  4. Contact us
  5. Glossary Links

Multifamily Ordinance: 

  • The City of Raleigh encourages loose recycling, never in plastic bags
  • The city implemented a new multifamily recycling program in 2018
    • This includes replacing all the igloos and roll-out carts currently used with recycling cabinets or 8-yard dumpsters
  • Cabinets will be installed in communities that don’t have space for dumpsters
  • Community managers will receive free educational cards and posters to share with their residents (from the City of Raleigh). They also offer email newsletters exclusively for managers and can provide fun activities for food truck nights and other community events
    • There are no additional fees for the new and improved service
  • If there are no recycling facilities at a community, the city encourages the managers to contact the environmental coordinator (Bianca Howard: Bianca.Howard@raleighnc.gov)
    • Communities must be within city limits

What We Can Recycle:

  • Bottles
    • Rinse and screw caps back on
  • Metal cans
    • Lightly rinse and place lids inside the can for safety
  • Clamshells
    • Rinsed – clear containers are marked “1,” or “PETE” is commonly used for berries or baked goods
  • Tubs
    • Rinsed and discard lids – round and flexible, tubs are commonly used to hold margarine, yogurt, and sour cream
  • Corrugated cardboard
    • Remove all packing material, flatten completely, and reduce to pieces no larger than 3×3 in size
  • Pizza boxes
    • Remove all food and paper liners
  • Paper
    • Remove paper clips; staples are ok.
  • Acceptable paper includes junk mail, envelopes (including window envelopes), copy and fax paper
  • Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, and paperback books
    • Remove from plastic bags or sleeves
  • Shredded paper
    • Place shredded paper inside a brown paper bag (not plastic), staple it closed and mark “shredded paper”
  • Paperboard boxes and tubes
    • Remove any linings (like cereal boxes) or attached paper (tubes) and flatten boxes
  • Spiral paper cans
    • Commonly used for nuts, refrigerated dough, and potato chips (no special attention needed)
  • Aseptic boxes
    • Remove any straw and flatten box (sometimes called juice boxes, they are also used for wine, milk, and soup)
  • Gable tops cartons
    • Lightly rinse, remove and discard caps (cartons commonly hold milk, juice, or laundry detergent)
  • Aluminum foil and food trays
    • Remove all food residue (foil with food residue must go in the trash)
  • Cooking oil

What We Can’t Recycle: 

  • Foam
  • Plastic bags
  • Construction and demolition debris
  • Furniture

For more information, please contact: 

Environmental Coordinator Bianca Howard Bianca.Howard@raleighnc.gov

Glossary Links

The City of Raleigh Recycling Page:
https://raleighnc.gov/recycling

Drop off options for Residents:
http://www.wakegov.com/recycling/recycle/Pages/residentrecycling.aspx

San Antonio, TX

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What we can’t recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact us
  6. Glossary Links

*On December 9th, 2010 City Council passed an ordinance that requires multifamily properties, such as apartments and condominiums, to provide recycling services for their residents

Multifamily Ordinance: 

  • Property owners are required to fill out and submit a recycling plan to the city 
  • https://www.sanantonio.gov/swmd/Recycling/MultiFamily-Recycling
  • Property owners are required to complete and submit this form when any changes are made
  • The city provides property owners with a list of recycling contractors which you can view below
  • https://www.sanantonio.gov/Portals/0/Files/SWMD/MultiFamily/2014%20List%20of%20Recyling%20Contractors_02-2014.pdf
  • Property owners/managers must provide a solid waste staff with a site map of their community, or their plan will not be complete for submission
  • Before offering recycling services, property owners/managers must file out the recycling plan registration form and prepare a site map for approval
  • City staff will contact the property owner/managers to schedule a meeting with the community to discuss their recycling plan, contractor collector of recyclable must be present
  • We (Valet Living) oversee providing communities with recycling containers
  • Recycling containers must be placed as close as possible to garbage containers for convenience purposes
  • The collection of waste must mimic recycling collection; i.e., if we offer door to door waste collection, we are required to provide door to door recycling services
  • Recycling collection containers must be serviced frequently to avoid the overflowing of containers
  • Signage should indicate that containers are for recyclable materials only and list the types of materials accepted
  • Must ensure that residents are educated about the recycling service available and must provide educational material to new and existing occupants upon move-in
  • Required to inform residents of any change to their recycling collection service

What We Can Recycle:

  • Paper
    • Ad circulars
    • Catalogs
    • Carbonless paper
    • Cardboard (flattened)
    • Dry good package (remove liner)
    • Envelopes
    • File folders
    • Gift wrap (non-metallic
    • Junk mail
    • Magazines
    • Newspaper
    • Office paper
    • Paperback books
    • Paper bags
    • Paper milk and juice cartons
    • Paper towel/toilet paper cores
    • Phone books
  • Plastics
    • Bottles
    • Bowls
    • Cups
    • Food trays and tubs
    • Jars
    • Lotion and shampoo bottles
    • Meat tray
    • Plastic bags (clean, empty, bundled inside another bag)
    • Styrofoam food containers (take-out trays and cups)
  • Glass
    • Bottles – all colors (beverage bottles)
    • Jars – all colors (jelly or condiment jar)
  • Metals
    • Aluminum drink cans
    • Aluminum baking tins
    • Steel or tin food cans and lids
    • Empty aerosol cans (remove the nozzle and discard in the trash)

What We Can’t Recycle: 

  • Household trash
  • Aluminum foil
  • Appliances
  • Auto glass
  • Clothes
  • Clothes hangers
  • Computer cords
  • Diapers
  • Dead animals
  • Garden hoses
  • Hardcover books
  • Light bulbs
  • Toys
  • Plastic containers with hazardous materials
  • Shredded paper
  • Styrofoam packing or “peanuts”
  • Trash bags
  • Waxed paper and waxed food containers
  • Yard trimmings

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

  • Provide educational materials to residents and make sure to inform them if there are any changes to their recycling collection
  • Signage should indicate which containers are for recycling and the recycling materials accepted
  • Place recycling containers near garbage containers
  • Fill and submit the recycling collector registration form for private haulers

For more information, please contact: 

Multifamily recycling hotline at 210.207.6460

Solid Waste Management Department Attn: Multifamily 4335 W. Piedras Dr. San Antonio, TX 78228

Glossary Link

Multifamily recycling guidelines for Property owners and managers:
https://www.sanantonio.gov/Portals/0/Files/swmd/MultiFamily/MF-Guidebook.pdf

Steps and Guidelines for Multifamily Property Residents:
https://www.sanantonio.gov/Portals/0/Files/swmd/MultiFamily/Checklist-Tenant.pdf

Multifamily Recycling- Private Hauler registration:
https://www.sanantonio.gov/eforms/swmd/SWMD-MultiFamilyRecyclingCollector.pdf

Bilingual Recycling flyer:
https://www.sanantonio.gov/Portals/0/Files/SWMD/MultiFamily/Multifamily-Recycling-Flyer.pdf?ver=2019-04-19-094915-880

Multifamily Ordinance:
https://www.sanantonio.gov/Portals/0/Files/swmd/MultiFamily/MF-Ordinance.pdf

Steps and guidelines for multifamily property owners or managers:
https://www.sanantonio.gov/Portals/0/Files/swmd/MultiFamily/Checklist-PropertyOwner-Manager.pdf

What can we recycle?:
https://www.sanantonio.gov/swmd/Recycling/Materials#167351790-not-accepted

San Diego, CA

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What we can’t recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact us
  6. Glossary Links

*Mandatory recycling requirements took effect July 1, 2012

*The state of California has an Assembly Bill 939 (AB939)

  • This was passed in 1989 as a response to an increasing shortage of landfill capacity throughout California (and the nation) and an upsurge in interest in conserving California’s natural resources.
  • It requires all cities and counties in the state to reach a 50% waste reduction goal by the year 2000 and beyond

Multifamily Ordinance: 

  • Communities generating four or more cubic yards of trash per week (lowered from “more than six cubic yards”) are required to recycle per the city’s recycling ordinance (which you can find in the link glossary)
  • Communities with five or more units must recycle
  • All communities must recycle plastic and glass bottles and jars, paper, newspaper, metal containers, and cardboard
  • Residents serviced by a private hauler are encouraged to recycle the additional plastic items below
    • Clean food waste containers
    • Jugs
    • Tubs
    • Trays
    • Pots
    • Buckets
    • Toys
  • Abide by the city’s minimum required recyclable container volume rations
  • Recycling containers are to be equipped with close-fitting lids, are leak-proof, and rodent proof
  • Containers must be placed in a convenient location
    • Adjacent to each solid waste container or disposal areal or
    • As close as possible to each solid waste container or disposal area
  • Recycling containers shall display a list and/or picture of the recyclable materials that may be deposited into the recycling container

What We Can Recycle:

*Materials below must be recycled

  • Plastic bottles and jars
    • Recycle plastic bottles, jugs, and jars marked with and all beverage containers labeled “CA Redemption Value” or “CA Cash Refund” including:
  • Food and beverage containers
    • Milk
    • Water and juice jugs
    • Soda bottles or cans
    • Salad dressing
    • Cooking oils
    • Shampoo bottles, etc.
    • Jars and canisters
      • Peanut butter and mayonnaise jars
      • Aspirin bottles, etc.
    • Cleaning products and detergents
      • Empty bottles of bleach
      • Detergent
      • Soap
      • Drain cleaner
  • Cans
    • Recycle aluminum cans and steel cans- including clean & dry cans
    • Food and pet food cans
    • Empty aerosol cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
    • Recycle all food and beverage containers- clear and colored glass (no need to remove labels or tops)
  • Mixed paper
    • Recycle all clean and dry paper, including:
    • Writing paper (all colors)
    • Computer paper
    • Xerox paper
    • “No carbon required” NCR forms
    • Catalogs
    • Brochures
    • Magazines
    • Junk mail
    • Phone books
    • Newspaper
    • Post-it types notes
    • Shredded paper (place in a separate paper or clear plastic bag)
  • Cardboard and food packaging
    • Flatten or cut boxes
    • Cereal boxes and other clean food packaging including cake boxes
    • Flour bags
    • Frozen dinner boxes
    • Paper egg cartons
    • Paper grocery bags
    • Shoe boxes
    • Paper gift wrap
    • Calendars
    • Core tubes from paper and toilet rolls
    • Soda/beer 12 pack carrying boxes
    • Pizza boxes (if clean)
  • Aluminum foil
    • Clean aluminum foil with no residue or food or oil

What We Can’t Recycle: 

  • Pet waste
  • Plastic utensils and straws
  • Plastic wrap
  • Napkins, paper towels, and tissue
  • Glassware
  • Snack bags and wrappers
  • Compostable products
  • Diapers
  • Food scraps
  • Plastic bags and Styrofoam peanuts
    • Return to retailer
  • Small appliances, clothing, textile, toys, sporting goods and more
    • Donate these items
  • Shrub and tree trimmings; leaves, grass clippings, food scraps
    • Take yard waste to Miramar Greenery (5180 Convoy Street)

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

  • Communities generating four or more cubic yards of trash per week must offer recycling
  • Must offer recycling for plastic and glass bottles, jars, paper, newspaper, metal containers and cardboard
  • Containers must have close-fitting lids, leak-proof, and rodent-proof

For more information, please contact: 

Environmental Services at 858-694-7000 or email trash@sandiego.gov

Contact 858-694-7000 for disposal options of household hazardous waste such as:

  • Toxic products
  • Electronic waste
  • Paint
  • Bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Motor oil
  • Needles and syringes
  • Propane helium tanks

Glossary Links

Recycling programs:
https://www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services/recycling

Recycling requirements:
https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/updated_recycling_requirements_effective_7-1-12_0.pdf

Recycling containers and signage guidelines:
https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/guidelines_for_recycling_containers_and_signage.pdf

Types of recycling containers for units and common areas:
https://www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services/recycling/ro/residential/containers

Educational Toolkit:
https://www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services/recycling/ro/toolkit

What goes where? Flyer:
https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/what-goes-where.pdf

Residential Recycling Guidelines:
https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/legacy/environmental-services/pdf/recycling/recycguide.pdf

San Francisco, CA

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What we can’t recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact us
  6. Glossary Links

Multifamily Ordinance: 

  • Communities must provide color-coded containers for residents, staff and contractors to ensure separation of discards 
  • Residents can choose to compost at home and take recyclables to appropriate recycling centers
  • Participate by putting recyclables in the blue bin and compost in the green bin
  • All multifamily units must abide by this ordinance

What We Can Recycle: 

  • Paper
    • All clean, dry paper, including:
    • Computer paper
    • Ledger paper
    • Arts and craft paper
    • Unwanted mail
    • Flyers
    • Telephone books
    • Notecards
    • Newspaper
    • Magazines
    • File folders
    • Paper bags
    • Post-it notes
    • Catalogs
    • All envelopes, including those with windows
  • Cardboard 
    • All cardboard boxes and chipboard, including:
    • Cereal boxes
    • Tissue boxes
    • Dry food boxes
    • Frozen food boxes
    • Shoe boxes
    • Detergent boxes
    • Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
    • Cardboard boxes (broken down and flattened)
    • Cartons — All refrigerated, shelf-stable, aseptic packaging, including:
      • Fruit juice boxes and cartons
      • Orange juice cartons
      • Milk cartons
      • Wine boxes
      • Soy milk, rice milk, and almond milk boxes and cartons
      • Cereal boxes
      • Heavy cream cartons
      • Egg substitute cartons
  • Metals
    • All aluminum, tin, metal and bi-metal cans wiped out if possible, including:
    • Soda cans
    • Juice cans
    • Soup cans
    • Vegetable cans
    • Pet food cans
    • Pie tins
    • Clean aluminum foil
    • Empty paint and aerosol cans
    • Wire hangers
  • Glass
    • All glass bottles and jars, wiped out if possible, including:
    • Soda bottles
    • Wine bottles
    • Beer bottles
    • Spaghetti sauce jars
    • Pickle jars
    • Broken bottles
  • Plastic
    • All plastics numbers 1 through 7
    • Empty plastic containers, wiped out if possible, including:
      • Soda bottles
      • Juice bottles
      • Detergent containers
      • Bleach containers
      • Shampoo bottles
      • Lotion bottles
      • Mouthwash bottles
      • Dishwashing liquid bottles
      • Milk jugs
      • Tubs for margarine and yogurt
      • Plastic planters
      • Food and blister packaging
      • Rigid clamshell packaging
    • All clean plastic bags (grocery bags, dry cleaner bags, and film plastics)
    • All clean polystyrene products (plates, cups, containers, egg cartons, block packaging, and packing materials)
    • Plastic hangers
    • Non-electric plastic toys
    • Plastic swimming pools
    • Plastic laundry baskets
    • Car seats (cloth removed)

What we can’t recycle: 

  • No paper spoiled by food waste
  • Broken glass (broken glass bottles can be included)
  • Hazardous materials
  • Batteries, medical waste, pesticide, pool cleaner, and garden chemicals
  • Solvents/automotive/flammables/electronics can only be disposed at disposal centers or collection events
  • Diapers
  • Electric cords
  • Clothing/fabric
  • Appliances
  • Mini blinds
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Rubber tires
  • Wood
  • Garden hoses
  • Lawn furniture
  • Construction materials
  • Asphalt or concrete

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

  • Everyone in San Francisco is required to keep their recyclables, compostable, and trash separate
  • Communities must comply by self-hauling, subscribing to a hauler, or arranging pickup of recyclable materials
  • Containers must be separated as follows: trash, compost and recyclables (they must be color-coded)

For more information, please contact: 

San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment)

1455 Market Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94103

Email: environment@sfgov.org Phone: (415) 355-3700

Glossary Links

Recycling Ordinance PDF:
https://sfenvironment.org/sites/default/files/policy/sfe_zw_sf_mandatory_recycling_composting_ord_100-09.pdf

San Francisco Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance PDF:
https://sfenvironment.org/sites/default/files/fliers/files/sfe_zw_mandatory_factsheet.pdf

Seattle, WA

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What we can’t recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact us
  6. Glossary Links

Multifamily Ordinance: 

  • Communities are required to provide a compost collection service, but residents are not required to use it 
  • Food and food waste are banned in the trash (this will start July 1, 2019)
  • Communities with too much food waste in the trash will get up to two warning notices, followed by a $50 fine

What We Can Recycle: 

  • Clean paper (including plastic-coated paper)
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic bottles and containers
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Metal cans
  • Scrap metal (less than 2 feet x 2 feet x 2 feet)
  • All recyclables should be empty, clean and dry (no food or liquids are permitted in the recycling cart)
  • Clean plastics
    • Lids (3 inches or wider), empty plastic bottles, with a cap on
    • Rigid plastic containers

Food & Compost 

  • All Food Waste
  • Food-Soiled paper (without shiny coating)
  • Approved compostable packaging &Bags (beige foam trays are okay)
  • Yard Waste, Plants, Untreated wood (less than 4 feet long and 4 inches thick)

What we can’t recycle: 

  • Clothing
  • Local community organization can help residents keep reusable or recyclable textile out of the garbage (Please refer to PDF link below for collection boxes)
  • https://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/SPU/Services/Recycling/Collectionboxes.pdf
  • Produce stickers
  • Diapers
  • Bagged pet waste
  • Food-soiled foil
  • Bagged packing peanuts
  • Lids, caps, and tops less than 3 inches
  • Broken glass
  • Light bulbs
  • CDs
  • Foam trays & containers
  • Single plastic bags
  • Plastic utensils
  • Empty toxic containers
  • Bag of chips
  • Candy wrapper

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practice

  • Communities will separate disposal contracts from collection and processing contracts 
  • There should be no food or food waste in trash cans; they will need to be composted
  • Communities are responsible for educating residents on what is recyclable, what can be composted, and what is proper trash

For further information, please contact:

Email: envirostars@seattle.gov Phone: (206) 343-8505

Glossary Links

Seattle where does it go flyer (Several Language options):
https://www.seattle.gov/utilities/services/recycling/recycle-at-home/where-does-it-go—flyer

Seattle Regulations:
http://www.seattle.gov/utilities/businesses-and-key-accounts/green-your-business/contact-us

Springs, CO

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What we can’t recycle
  4. Contact us
  5. Glossary Links

Multifamily Ordinance: 

  • Does not offer recycling for multifamily communities
  • Residents must make use of recycling drop off location
  • The city offers medical waste drop off

What We Can Recycle:

  • Bottles & Cans
    • Aluminum
    • Steel cans
    • Glass bottles
    • Plastic bottles
    • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Boxes
    • Flattened cardboard
    • Food boxes
    • Paper towel tubes
    • Pizza boxes flattened
  • Paper
    • Mixed paper
    • Newspaper
    • Paper cups
    • Food and beverage cartons must be empty
  • Plastics
    • Kitchen
    • Laundry
    • Bath – bottles and containers must be empty

What We Can’t Recycle: 

  • Garbage
  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Foil yogurt lids
  • Microwave popcorn bags
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Toys
  • Cassettes, DVDs, CD’s or plastic cases
  • Garden hoses or plastic tubes
  • Plastic shrink wrap
  • Plastic tubes, such as toothpaste or hair gel tubes
  • Fuel canisters (camping tanks)
  • Paper plates
  • Paperback or hardcover books
  •  Bubble wrap or envelopes with bubble wrap inside
  • Ceramics
  • Candy or food wrappers
  •  Potato chip bags
  •  Plastic containers marked as “Compostable” or “PLA”
  • Scrap metal
  •  Plastic flowerpots
  •  Glassware or window glass
  •  Yard waste

For more information, please contact: 

City Administration Building 30 S. Nevada Ave, Suite 604 Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Email: rtrujillo@springsgov.com Phone: (719) 385-6602

Glossary Links

Sustainability Resources:
https://coloradosprings.gov/office-innovation-and-sustainability/page/sustainability-resources

https://coloradosprings.gov/office-innovation-and-sustainability

Medical Waste Drop Off Locations:
https://coloradosprings.gov/fire-department/page/safely-disposing-medications

Tampa, FL (City of Tampa)

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What we can’t recycle
  4. Contact us
  5. Glossary Links

Multifamily Ordinance: 

*Recycling items should be loose in the cart and not bagged

  • There is no specific ordinance for Multifamily
  • Multifamily communities are depicted as commercial properties in Tampa; therefore, they abide by the commercial recycling rules
  • Bagged recycled are not recycled because they can’t be sorted by the recycling equipment
  • The Commercial Services Division is responsible for providing the collection of commercial bins, compactors and roll-off containers to customers (residents)
    • The customers/residents must by City Ordinance; use commercial container service (dumpsters) to dispose of their refuse
  • In this case, customers are primarily businesses and multifamily residential complexes
  • The city currently provides collection service from one day a week to seven days a week depending on volume
  • Below are the key contact personnel:
    • (813) 348-1135    Vacant, Manager
    • (813) 348-1132    Assistant
    • (813) 348-2082    Fax

What We Can Recycle:

*These items should be placed in the green containers

Dry and Clean Fiber Products 

  • Paper
    • Non-shredded paper
  • Cardboard
    • Flattened boxes
  • Paperboard
    • Cereal boxes
    • Varied food boxes
    • Toilet and paper towel rolls
  • Carton
    • Empty beverage and food containers

Empty and Rinsed Plastic Products 

  • Bottles
    • No loose caps; leave attached
  • Containers and jugs
    • No loose caps; leave them on

Empty and Rinsed Cans 

  • Aluminum and steel cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
    • Remove caps

What We Can’t Recycle: 

  • Plastic bags
  • Clothing
  • Ropes and hoses
  • Electronics
  • Yard waste
  • Plasticware

For more information, please contact: 

Interim Recycling Coordinator – Jason Milton (813) 348-1027 Fax: (813) 348-1156 Email: Jason.Milton@tampagov.net

Recycling Specialist – Edgar Castro Tello  (813) 348-6504 Fax: (813) 348-1156 Email: Edgar.CastroTello@tampagov.net

Missed Pickups/Green Recycling Cart Requests: Customer Service – (813) 274-8811

Glossary Links

Recycling and Waste Reduction Guidelines:
https://www.tampagov.net/solid-waste/programs/recycling-and-waste-reduction

What to recycle guidelines:
https://www.tampagov.net/sites/default/files/solid-waste/files/recycling_brochure_digital_0.pdf

Contact Us- Solid Waste:
https://www.tampagov.net/solid-waste/contact-us

Hillsborough County - Florida

County Table of Contents

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What we can’t recycle
  4. Contact us
  5. Glossary Links

Multifamily Ordinance: 

  • Hillsborough County offers free presentations to schools, businesses, and community groups on the topics of solid waste management and recycling
    • Presentations can be tailored on request to accommodate available meeting times, different age groups, and the needs of the target audience
      • To request a presentation, please email Travis Barnes, Recycling Coordinator, or call him at (813) 209-3085.
  • Most multifamily residential developments are established as commercial solid waste accounts and are therefore treated as commercial businesses regarding establishing recycling service

What We Can Recycle:

*Place these items in the blue cart

  • Clean and empty plastic bottles containers
  • Clean and empty aluminum cans
    • Large aluminum food trays and pie tins free of food residue
  • Clean and empty glass bottles and jars
    • Metal and plastic lids should be removed from glass jars and recycled
  • Dry paper, newspaper, and junk mail
    • Magazines
    • Construction paper
    • Office paper
    • Envelopes (even with the plastic windows)
    • Paperback books
    • Glossy paper advertisements
  • Clean and empty metal containers
    • Metal food containers (emptied of food residue)
      • Vegetable cans
      • Dog/cat food cans
  • Clean and empty milk and juice cartons
    • Aseptic gable top containers
    • Soy milk cartons
    • Chicken broth cartons
    • Juice boxes
    • Florida orange juice cartons
  • Dry, flattened cardboard
  • Dry paperboard boxes
    • Cereal boxes
    • Tissue boxes
    • Paperboard paper towel
    • Toilet paper rolls
    • Other fiber material

What We Can’t Recycle: 

  • Plastic bags
    • They can be recycled at your local grocery store (Do not place in blue cart)
  • Glass windows, mirrors, serving wear, or pint glasses
    • Place in the grey garbage cart
  • Bagged recyclables
  • Shredded paper
  • Light bulb
  • Packaging wrap and film
  • Batteries
  • Syringes and needles
  • Polystyrene foam or Styrofoam
  • Pressurized tanks
  • Cooking ware, dining ware, drinking glasses, ceramics, and cutlery
  • Cooking oils
  • Medications and prescriptions
  • Clothing hangers
  • Rubber items
  • Garden or pool hoses
  • Diapers
  • Rope, twine, or straps
  • Large plastic items
  • Cord and wires
  • Soiled paper items
  • Snack and candy wrappers
  • Fake plants
  • Tissue paper
  • Toilet paper
  • Hardcover books
    • Can be donated to local libraries for the enjoyment of others
  • Scrap metals
  • Aerosol spray
  • Hazardous waste (refer to the hazardous waste link in the city’s glossary)

For more information, please contact: 

Contact the county Department Director: Kimberly Byer Address: 332 N. Falkenburg Road, Brandon, FL 33619 Phone: (813) 272-5680

Glossary Links

What Can I recycle?:
https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/residents/property-owners-and-renters/trash-and-recycling/what-can-i-recycle

Find a Waste Disposal Facility:
https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/residents/property-owners-and-renters/trash-and-recycling/find-a-waste-facility

Discarding Household Hazardous Waste:
https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/residents/property-owners-and-renters/trash-and-recycling/discarding-household-hazardous-waste

Commercial Recycling:
https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/businesses/entrepreneur-and-small-business-support/commercial-property-owner/request-commercial-recycling

The Recycle Life Cycle (County Video):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38lyLUtUSVk&feature=youtu.be

What Can I Recycle in the Blue Cart? Flyer:
https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/library/hillsborough/media-center/documents/solid-waste/trash-and-recycle/recycling-postcard.pdf

Recycling Guide (English Version):
https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/library/hillsborough/media-center/documents/solid-waste/trash-and-recycle/recycling-guide.pdf

Recycling Guide (Spanish Version):
https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/library/hillsborough/media-center/documents/solid-waste/trash-and-recycle/recycling-guide-spanish.pdf

Washington, DC

City Table of content

  1. Multifamily Ordinance
  2. What We Can Recycle
  3. What We Can’t Recycle
  4. Best Practices
  5. Contact Information
  6. Glossary Links

*DC requires recycling for all commercial establishments including apartment buildings (with four or more units)

*If these commercial properties don’t comply with the recycling regulation, then they can be fined. Fines range from $200 for a first offense to $1,500 for the third violation of the same regulation within 60 days

*Residents are encouraged to report commercial property that does not recycle; which they can do via the city’s recycling hotline (202) 645-8245

*This ordinance was effective January 1, 2018

Multifamily Ordinance: 

  • Under DC law all apartment buildings must maintain an active commercial recycling program
  • The recycling program must include separation of recyclables from other solid waste
    • This service must ensure an adequate number of containers for separated recyclables
    • These properties communities shall oversee the hiring process of a licensed, registered recycling hauler to regularly pick up recyclables
  • Black bags cannot be used to hold recyclables. Clear or non-pigmented plastic bin liners to hold clean and empty recyclables are allowed but not preferred
  • Ensure the separation of recyclables (which is done by the recycling hauler)
  • Provide educational collateral to communicate recycling information provided
  • Ensure the separate removal of recyclables by a licensed recycling hauler

What We Can Recycle: 

  • Paper
    • Cups and containers
    • Flattened cardboard
    • Milk, juice, & soup cartons
    • Newspaper/magazines
    • Books/phone books
    • Junk mail & office paper (all items clean and empty)
  • Plastic
    • Cups and containers
    • Bottles and lids
    • Bulky items (all items clean & empty)
  • Metal
    • Steel & aluminum
    • Bottles/cans/containers (all items clean and empty)
  • Glass
    • Bottles and jars (all items clean & clean)
  • Empty and flatten cardboard boxes

What We Can’t Recycle: 

  • Tissue
  • Plastic bag
  • Peanuts (foam packaging)
  • Straws or utensils
  • No ceramics
  • Foam polystyrene
  • Black bags
  • Wraps and films
  • Construction and demolition debris
  • Yard waste
  • Textile (bedding, clothes, carpet)
  • Hazardous waste
  • Tanglers (cords, hoses, hangers)
  • Electronic waste
  • Batteries
  • Furniture

Recycling Ordinance: Best Practices & Requirements 

  • Supply an adequate number of recycling containers
  • Communicate information, including how and what to recycle
  • Post and maintain signage showing what to place in the recycling bin
  • Remove recycling at least twice a week
  • Recycling shall not overflow the container or be stored in paper or plastic bags outside of an approved container

City Recycling Tips:

Provide Visible Clear Signage

  • There should be large clear signage with images depicting what goes in each bin
  • Place sign at eye level
  • Provide sign in multiple languages
  • You can download signage free of charge using the link below
  • https://zerowaste.dc.gov/node/1269391

Color Code Your Bins 

  • Blue for recycling
  • Green for organic (Composting or Anaerobic digestion)
  • Black for trash

Communicate information

  • Train and communicate regularly to your staff, tenants, and occupants on how and what to recycle
  • Set up a system for educating new tenants and staff

Emails and Newsletters

Manage & Monitor Recycling Programs

  • Monitor your program to prevent contamination and track your progress towards waste reduction and diversion goals

Bundle Solid Waste Hauling 

  • Bundling your trash and recycling contracts can often save money on disposal cost

How to Prepare Recyclables 

  • Recyclables should be clean & empty
  • Do not bag recyclables, leave items loose in the bin
  • Empty and flatten cardboard boxes
  • Keep out: plastic bags, clothing, tangles (cables & cords), electronics and batteries

For more information, please contact: 

Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center 2000 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 Phone: (202) 673-6833 Fax: (202) 671-0642 TTY: (202) 673-6833 Email: dpw@dc.gov

Hours of Operation Monday to Friday, 8:15 am to 4:45 pm, except District holidays

Glossary Links

What can I recycle at home?:
https://zerowaste.dc.gov/page/recycle-residents
https://zerowaste.dc.gov/page/recycle-businesses

Zero Waste: District Recycling Guidelines:
https://dpw.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/dpw/Mayor%E2%80%99s%20List%20of%20Recyclables%20and%20Compostables_Commercial_SP_Mar2019.pdf

Department of Public Works (Recycling collection schedule & holiday trash):
https://dpw.dc.gov/publication/holiday-trash-and-recycling-collections-schedule

Commercial Property Recycling Resources (signage, email template, recycling fact sheet, etc.): Different languages available:
https://zerowaste.dc.gov/page/resources-businesses

What you need to know about commercial recycling:
https://dpw.dc.gov/service/commercial-recycling

Brief History of Solid Waste Management and recycling in Washington, DC:
https://ilsr.org/brief-history-of-solid-waste-management-and-recycling-in-washington-dc/

New recycling mandates or links? Contact us and let us know.