Property owners, managers and associations are required to provide residents with the opportunity to recycle. These tips can help you set up and maintain a successful recycling program at your building.
Need help? It's free!
Residents in multifamily buildings want to recycle, but they don't always do it right. Hennepin County can help you set up your recycling system and provide educational materials for your residents. Free assistance from Hennepin County can greatly improve your recycling system, making it easier for both managers and residents.
Order free recycling storage bags, container labels, posters and flyers.
Request assistance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 612-348-3777.
How can I get my residents to recycle more?
Studies show that posting two or three recycling reminders throughout the year can increase participation by as much as 20 percent. Hennepin County will help you communicate effectively with your residents with free recycling storage bags, instructional labels for dumpsters and carts, presentations, posters and fliers.
Hazardous waste and other hard-to-dispose-of items
Electronics and some common household products like batteries, CFLs, paint and cleaners are hazardous and shouldn't be thrown in the trash. Encourage your residents to safely dispose of these products at Hennepin County drop-off facilities. Residents can drop off these items for no charge. Drop-off facilities also accept bulky items such as mattresses and appliances for a fee. Building managers and owners - and residents - can find more information on the Green Disposal Guide.
Curbside pick-up service for mattresses is available to Hennepin County residents and condo and apartment building managers in select cities. Learn more and request a pickup here. A flyer which includes a service-area map and more information is available here (pdf).
Donation centers and charitable agencies
There are many charitable agencies in the region that are happy to take reusable household items and furniture in good condition left by your residents. Many even offer pickup service. Find charitable organizations that accept used items through the Choose to Reuse directory.
Tips for a successful recycling program
These tips can help you set up and maintain a successful recycling program at your building.
Start with a good foundation
- Clearly label recycling collection containers. Use labels that include pictures of the materials that your residents can recycle.
- Post instructions in the recycling and common areas of your building (laundry room, community room, mailroom, bulletin board, etc.) showing residents how to recycle.
- Give residents a recycling guide that includes a list of what can and can't be recycled when they move in.
- Neighbor-to-neighbor encouragement can be the best form of recycling education. Recruit enthusiastic residents to champion the recycling program and educate other residents about recycling. Consider providing an incentive such as a rent credit or a preferred parking space.
- Remind residents to recycle by giving information to new residents at move-in and by providing periodic recycling updates.
- Inform your residents of the benefits of recycling and assure them that materials collected for recycling do get recycled.
- Provide positive feedback to your residents who are recycling. Consider setting a goal for your building and tracking progress regularly. If you produce a building newsletter, consider adding a recycling section for regular updates and reminders.
Get all the resources you need from the Multifamily Recycling Order Form, including free container labels and posters, a brochure to recruit recycling advocates, and recycling guides (or download pdf versions in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF).