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Being Eco-friendly with Apartment Recycling

For single-family homes, recycling is likely already set up. Many municipal waste collectors often provide separate carts for recyclable materials and collect them curbside periodically. However, apartment recycling can be complicated for residents when your complex does not have an established program.

Yet, a little effort makes the process doable!

Steps to Apartment Recycling

The first thing you need to do is to find out where the nearest recycling center is to your apartment. You should also note which materials the center accepts.

Next, get a bin suitable for the storage space that is available for your unit. Start tossing in materials that can be recycled such as paper, plastic, cardboard, and so forth. You can easily store the bin on your patio or balcony or in a closet.

When the bin is full, drive it to the recycling center for disposal. Make the trip a part of your weekly errands that could include grocery shopping, going to the bank, and so on.

Getting an Apartment Manager to Set Up a Recycling Program

If your apartment building does not have a recycling program, you can always contact your neighbors to rally behind a petition to do so.

A good way to convince your apartment manager is to do some research on how such a program could get started. This includes arranging for a central drop-off point in the complex and arranging for pickup.

You can also use the fact that having a recycling program makes a good selling point for the apartment complex when it wants to attract environmentally-conscious potential tenants.

Now, a recycling program may add to the costs of running the complex. However, some nonprofits can be called upon to collect materials.

A Word of Caution About Composting in an Apartment

One word of caution: You should be careful about starting an apartment composting operation. One can get a small, portable composter in order to deal with food waste. However, you should be careful about the odor that such an operation might cause that might disturb your neighbors.


Apartment recycling can be a valuable addition to your complex. For more information on living an eco-friendly lifestyle, contact us. We’re happy to help!

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