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Apartment complexes, lofts, condominiums, and high-rise buildings are types of multi-family buildings.  Depending on the legal jurisdiction, some student housing properties may also be considered multi-family. 

These types of buildings generate hundreds of pounds of waste per year, much of which is recyclable and holds significant market value.

Despite the recycling opportunity available within multi-family buildings, there are many challenges that deter tenants and building owners from participating.

- Garbage disposal is usually more convenient.

- Recycling bins have insufficient space for all materials.

- Tenants do not value the recycling program.

- Building owners are unable to keep tenants accountable to recycling initiatives.

- Tenants often move quickly. This decreases motivation and means constant education for new

- Various cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic factors affect behavior and understanding of
      the program.

- Limited resources for material management and limited space for bins and storage.


Within multi-family buildings, managers and owners must consider a number of factors when implementing or improving a recycling program.

Building facilities and tenant population. 

Many restrictions on your program may be related to building design. Space availability may limit the types of recyclable material the building can collect.  Access may limit the types of drop off or pick up methods, as well as frequency.

Knowledge of the tenant population will assist in molding the most effective program.  A large percentage of elderly adults may require special collection, for example.


Collection method.

A single stream collection system for multi-family buildings may be the most effective.  This limits the tenant effort and increases volume and participation. In addition, single stream often costs less for owners and managers.



At a minimum, most multi-family buildings collect glass, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, paper (newspapers, magazines, and copy papers), cardboard, and corrugated boxes.  Because tenants are often moving in and out, buildings could easily collect a high volume of corrugated boxes.


Within close communities, like multi-family buildings, tenants must be motivated to participate.  Simple statistics may not affect tenant behavior.  Consider having a floor leader who will promote recycling.  Also, be careful to avoid negative, commanding signs, like “Don’t litter.” Include the reader, and therefore the community, in the appeal:  “Our Building Recycles.”


Novare Group

This high rise development company builds mainly in urban communities. Novare builds hotels and condominium buildings, often paired with retail and office space. In the Atlanta area, Novare has implemented recycling plans for 10 of its high-rise buildings.  The company provides drop off centers on each floor and in the parking deck.   Ninety-six gallon carts are used to collect bottles, cans, newspapers, magazines, and other mixed paper.  Each building also has a large bin in its loading dock for corrugated cardboard recycling. Recyclables are picked up weekly from each floor.


Post Apartments

Headquartered in Atlanta, Post Apartments operates properties in Atlanta and other areas throughout the nation.  Post began its recycling efforts in 1995 and continues by providing centralized and in-home collection bins for residents. Post communities divert about three tons of waste from landfills per month and save approximately $120,000 per year.


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