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 do. For example, my apartment complex picks up the garbage twice a week while the recycling 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 association 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 which bins are meant for garbage and which 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 property managers and owners either way which can discourage a lot of places 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, you can always go to the library or check online and do 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 will make a difference in the community and the environment!