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Multi-Family Recycling

WM MULTI-FAMILY RECYCLING PROGRAM 
WM is pleased to offer a recycling program specifically designed to meet the needs of each unique apartment, condominium, and mobile home complex. 

HOW DO I START A RECYCLING PROGRAM AT MY COMPLEX? 
WM has designed a simple, efficient recycling program for multi-family complexes. However, any program will require planning and continued maintenance. Therefore, we require the approval of Property Management, or other decision makers, before implementing any new program. 

Tenants - Tenants need the consent of the property owner or property manager in order to register to participate in the multifamily recycling program. We encourage you to contact your property manager to begin this process. If you do not receive approval to implement a building-wide program, you can still recycle by bringing recyclable items to drop off centers in your community. 

For more information on drop off centers, CLICK HERE. or visit GreenSantaClarita.com

Owners/ Property Manager/ Board Members with decision making authority can call WM directly to being the new recycling program through WM Customer Service at 661-259-2398. CLICK HERE for an online request. 

When contacting us to begin the new recycling program, please have the following information available:

  • Property Address
  • Property Manager’s name, phone number, and email
  • Number of units

Our Recycling Coordinator will work with you to develop a plan based on the needs and characteristics of your complex. 

STARTING A RECYCLING PROGRAM 

Starting a recycling program is easy and FREE! Simply contact Waste Management to learn more. 

OUTREACH MATERIALS AVAILABLE 

We’re here to help! We will work with you to minimize contamination and educate residents every step of the way! In addition to the educational flyers and materials, we’re happy to schedule recycling “How-To” workshops at your convenience. Just contact our recycling expert at (661) 223-3424 to schedule. 

FAQ

  • Is there any cost to property owners and tenants that participate in the program?

    There is no additional cost to participate in the program. In fact, successful recycling programs can often save you management or property owners money on their waste collection bills! 
  • Can tenants enroll the multifamily residential property they currently live in?

    Tenants must receive the consent of their Property Manager, Owner, or Board of Directors to implement the program. If you’re a tenant looking to start a recycling program, we encourage you to contact your property manager to get started. 
  • Will our building have problems with scavengers coming on to the property?

    Scavenging, the unauthorized collection of recyclable materials is illegal and negatively impacts your complexes recycling efforts. 

    WM staff will develop a program to minimize the risk and impact of scavengers coming onto your property to illegally remove recyclable materials. We will do this by placing your bin or cart in a secure location and providing tips to maintenance staff to prevent scavenging on the property. Should someone enter your property to collect recyclables, you can call your law enforcement agency’s non-emergency line. 
  • Is recycling mandatory?

    Beginning July 2012, multi-family recycling will be mandatory in the State of California. Get a head start and start your recycling program today! 
  • What is recyclable?

RECYCLABLES

Plastic Bottles
Aluminum Cans
Glass Bottles/Jars
All Clean Paper
All Envelopes
Manila Folders & File Folders
Magazines & Newspaper
Catalogs
Glossy Paper
Cardstock
Cereal & Cracker Boxes
Telephone books
Junk Mail
Steel Cans
Tin Cans
Six Pack Boxes
Plastic Tubs & Containers
Clean Aluminum Foil
Clean Pizza Boxes
Paper coffee cups
Cardboard
Clean Lunch Bags & Baggies
Clean Plastic Wrapping
Plastic Hangers
Metal Hangers
Milk & Juice Cartons
Plastic Bags

TRASH

All Food
All Liquid
Foam cups or packing materials
Tissues
Napkins
Paper Towels
Dirty Aluminum Foil
Broken Dishes or Glass
Clothing
Carpet
Wood or Lumber
Light Bulbs
Mirrors
Wax Coated Paper
Animal Waste
Foil Chip Bags
Small Furniture
Garden Pots
Ceramic Dishes & mugs
Drinking Glasses
Greasy or Sharp Metal
Laminated Paper
Soiled Food Containers
Food Soiled Paper (eg. paper plate)
Plant Trimmings
Foam cups or packing materials

  • Why Is Starting a Program Now Important?

    After July 2012, Multi-family recycling for complexes with 5 or more units is the law in the State of California! We are an important resource to help you launch a FREE and convenient program at your complex in time to meet this requirement.

CONTACT INFO: 

To get your program started, contact: Customer Service - (661) 259-2398

To discuss outreach options or schedule a presentation, contact: Recycling Coordinator - (661) 223-3424 

BACKGROUND ON LEGISLATION THAT SUPPORTS MULTI-FAMILY RECYCLING PROGRAMS 

AB 818- Renter’s Right to Recycle Act
The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 establishes an integrated waste management program administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. The act requires a local jurisdiction to adopt an ordinance requiring the provision of adequate areas for collecting and loading recyclable materials in development projects, including residential buildings having 5 or more living units. 

This bill would enact the Renters’ Right to Recycle Act, to require an owner of a multifamily dwelling, defined as a residential facility that consists of 5 or more living units, to arrange for recycling services that are appropriate and available for the multifamily dwelling, consistent with state or local laws or requirements applicable to the collection, handling, or recycling of solid waste, except as provided. 

AB341- California’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law
With the passage of AB341, California is one of the first states in the nation to enact a statewide program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting commercial solid waste from landfills. 

Increasing the recovery of recyclable materials will directly reduce GHG emissions. In particular, recycled materials can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from multiple phases of product production including extraction of raw materials, preprocessing and manufacturing. A co-benefit of increased recycling is avoided methane emissions at landfills from the decomposition of organic materials. The commercial sector generates nearly three fourths of the solid waste in California, with much of the commercial sector waste disposed in landfills readily recyclable. With the passage of AB 341, businesses are required to recycle, thus resulting in an expansion in commercial recycling activities and recycling manufacturing 

Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling- AB 1826 

Covered Businesses Must Have Organics Recycling 

Assembly Bill 1826- As part of California's recycling and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals, businesses are required to collect yard trimmings, food scraps and food-soiled paper for composting, as of April 1, 2016. Multifamily buildings with five or more units are also required to collect yard trimmings. These organic materials account for nearly one-third of the approximately 30 million tons of waste destined for California's landfills each year. Diverting organics from landfills for processing into compost and mulch reduces landfill GHG emissions and produces sustainable products that contribute to soil health, plant nutrition, water conservation and carbon sequestration.  Mandatory commercial organics recycling helps to meet the goals of California's Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32.

 

WHO

Businesses that generate eight (8) cubic yards of organic waste per week, including food scraps and yard trimmings, are required to have organics recycling service as of April 1, 2016.

Multi-family properties with five (5) units or more that generate eight (8) cubic yards of organic waste per week are also covered. As of January 1, 2019 collection of food scraps and food soiled paper will be required. Some jurisdictions may require this sooner; check with your municipality.

WHAT

Food Scraps including solid, semi solid, and liquid food such as fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, bones, poultry, seafood, bread, rice, pasta, and oils; coffee filters and tea bags; cut flowers and herbs.

Yard Trimmings including grass clippings, leaves, flowers, hedge trimmings, weeds, etc. Nonhazardous Wood including tree branches, trunks, and untreated lumber.

Food-Soiled paper is uncoated paper that is soiled with liquid or solid food waste and typically includes products such as napkins, towels, and tissues, paper plates, paper cups, fast food wrappers, egg cartons, used pizza boxes, wax-coated cardboard, and other similar paper or compostable packaging.

 

WHERE

Every jurisdiction in California is required to implement an organics recycling program and conduct outreach to regulated business as of January 1, 2016. In addition, jurisdictions are

required to monitor regulated business to ensure that they comply with recycling requirements.

WHEN

As of April 1, 2016, businesses and mutli-family buildings generating 8 cubic yards per week of covered organics shall arrange for organics recycling service.

January 1, 2017, businesses generating 4 cubic yards per week or organics shall arrange for organics recycling service.

January  1, 2019, businesses and multi-family properties generating 4 cubic yards of commercial solid waste (trash) shall arrange for organics recycling service.

HOW

Our trained employees can help you determine the size container and frequency of service required to meet your needs. Please contact customer service for more information.

For more information, visit: caIrecycle.ca.gov /Recycle/Commercial/Organics.