Waste management in apartments can be difficult for landlords and property managers. Recycling in apartment complexes can have a larger impact than you might think. 52% of Americans live in multi-family homes, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council. If all multi-family households participated in recycling, it would significantly reduce the nation’s waste stream. But the advantages of recycling also have real, tangible benefits for your community.
Here are just a few of the ways that implementing a recycling program for your apartment complex will benefit you, your residents and the environment.
As glass, aluminum and plastic makes its way into recycling bins, the volume of waste entering the dumpster will lessen. This cuts the demand for trash pickups, which also cuts costs for you in the long run. It can also free up enough space to switch to a smaller size dumpster with lower disposal fees.
Starting a recycling program brings positive attention, thus increasing the desirability of your complex. This means that there will be less of a struggle to fill empty units, cha-ching!
Many residents have grown to expect apartment recycling programs and some states have enacted laws requiring it. For instance, California requires by law that complexes with five or more units implement a recycling program.
Diverting recyclable materials from landfills is crucial to saving limited landfill space and preventing pollution. If landfills are filled to capacity, the alternatives for disposal could raise costs for everyone. Recycling as many materials as possible in your apartment complex helps ensure that the cost of disposal does not increase in the future.
“Residents get confused when seemingly recyclable materials are in fact unrecyclable, so by increasing the range of accepted recyclables, the previously unrecycled material in the carts will not be considered contamination and will consequently decrease contamination rates.”
Michael Alexander, CEO | Recycle Away
The energy spent to recycle materials like aluminum, plastics, paper and glass is far lower than the amount of energy it takes to produce new materials. For example, the EPA estimates that the production of recycled paper product requires only 60 percent of the energy required with fresh wood pulp. By recycling just one glass bottle, you can save the amount of energy it takes to a light a light bulb for four hours. By collectively decreasing the amount of resources and energy your complex wastes, you and your residents will obtain peace of mind.
As more residents partake in recycling, the positive effects will be noticed on a much larger scale. When recycling becomes the norm, and is easily accessible for all residents, it will develop into a community effort that brings everyone together toward the common good.
For waste that cannot be recycled, or when you decide to make some green apartment renovations, our dedicated team is here to help with a dumpster.