Apartments and multi-family dwellings with 6 or more units must establish a collection system to separate the following recyclables, per City Code §619.05(b) and the ES Waste Regulations:
It is also the responsibility of property owners, landlord or their agents to contract a private hauler to collect and deliver the recyclables to a processor.
The ideal collection system should:
Have separate and clearly marked receptacles for collecting commingled recyclables from tenants
Maintain relative parity between the number of recycling and refuse containers/locations for greater accessibility and participation
Be serviced or equipped adequately to prevent both overflow and contamination
Provide written instructions to tenants concerning the use and availability of the collection system
These can be incorporated into the lease documents and agreed upon at move-in
We understand that each property faces its own challenges with recycling/waste management at their location, and we're here to help.
Please refer to the following resources below for establishing or improving the recycling program at your location(s):
List of Commercial Recycling Haulers
Service Calculator - What Equipment/Service Do You Need?
Tenant Recycling Resource Sheet
Sample Signage - Multi-Family Recycling
If you are a landlord/property manager looking for some additional guidance, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-255-2631.
If you are a tenant and would like to report non-compliance at your location, please submit a request through the City's 311 Response Center.
When prompted for an issue type, please select Garbage and Litter Issues --> Recycling