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 than garbage 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 this can cause a bit of an issue around holidays when lots of large boxes are being tossed into the bins, it is normally more than enough and it does save the complex some money.
Another issue that many owners find is that people don’t seem to know (or care) about how recycling works. It is important that everyone realizes what bins are meant for garbage and what ones are meant for recycling. Most plants that recycle will either turn away trucks that are full of garbage or charge extra fines for having to separate the contents. This is expensive for the complex either way and it can discourage a lot of owners from continuing a recycling program. Make sure to post literature about what can and cannot be recycled and take extra action if needed.
Recycling is something that can really help out the environment and apartment complexes if used correctly. If you aren’t sure how to get started, we always suggest going to the library or getting online and doing some research of your own first. Ask around and see if there is any interest in getting a recycling bin for your residents. It certainly couldn’t hurt and you just might make a difference in the community!