One of the main reasons that most rental property owners do not want to offer a recycling option is the price. While it is a bit more expensive than just having the garbage, many places that offer both will give you a bundle sort of deal so that you can get them at a reduced rate. This is also true if you are able to have fewer recycling pickups, which most places are. For example, my apartment complex picks up the garbage twice a week as opposed to the recycling which is only picked up twice a month. While there are times that the recycling overflows, there are also times that the garbage does too and it simply depends on the time of the year.
Some towns may also offer discounts or refunds for a certain amount of money depending upon how much you are able to recycle or if you recycle at all. You may want to call around to different town offices or businesses to see if they know of any of these programs. If you put up fliers which ask your residents to toss their empty pizza boxes in the recycling can instead of the garbage, you may end up saving a considerable amount of money if your town does have a refund program like this.
Recycling is something that really should be considered more by many apartment complexes and it is very rare that you see these receptacles abused. If you aren’t sure how to help the environment or your area, this is an exceptionally good place to start. Ask around and see if there is any interest in getting a recycling bin for your residents and go from there. It certainly couldn’t hurt!