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Multi-Family Recycling Program

The City of Los Angeles provides eligible multi-family residential buildings with FREE recycling services. Multi-family residential buildings such as apartments, townhomes, cooperatives and condominiums must have a minimum of five attached residential units to qualify for free recycling services.  

Properties participating in the program receive the following:

 

  • FREE recycling services once a week
  • FREE blue bins for storage of recyclables
  • FREE educational materials for residents about the types of materials accepted in blue bins
  • CONVENIENT SERVICE which does not require tenants, managers or owners to take the blue bins to the street for service

ENROLLMENT

 

Enrollment is a simple process. Whether you are a tenant, property owner or property manager, we are prepared to assist you with  implementing a recycling program at your multi-family residence. See the below tab for more information on enrollment.

 

NOTE:  Only property located within the boundaries of the City of Los Angeles will qualify for the program.

 

WHY RECYCLE

 

There are many reasons to recycle! The City has one of the  most successful recycling programs in America. We are gearing up to recycle even more with your help. See the below tab for more information on why recycle.  

 

WHAT TO RECYCLE

 

LA Sanitation issues blue containers for recycling. There are certain items that can be placed in the recycling container and some items that cannot be placed in the blue bin. See the below tab for more information what to recycle.

 

SERVICE REQUESTS

 

If you are already enrolled in the Multi-family Residential Recycling Program and have a service request, you will need to provide specific information to us at multifamily@lacity.org or by calling 213-473-4142. See the below tab for more information on service requests. 

 

FAQs

 

Q. What type of residential buildings are eligible for the program?

A. Multi-family residential buildings can be apartment buildings, condominiums, cooperatives, and other properties zoned for multiple residential units. To qualify for the FREE program, multi-family residential buildings must meet the following criteria:

 

  • It must consist of five or more attached residential units
  • It must not currently be receiving City collection services
  • It must be within the City limits of Los Angeles

 

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

A. NO. There is no cost associated with participating in the program. In fact, many property owners and managers find that there is a cost savings associated with participating in the program. Diverting recyclables away from trash bins often results in a reduced need for multiple trash collection services during the week. Fewer trash pickups during the week can save property owners a substantial amount of money with continued participation in the FREE program.  

 

Q. What are the benefits of enrolling my multi-family residential property in the program? 

A. There are many benefits for owners and residents who participate in the multi-family recycling program. When residents place recyclables in blue bins rather than in refuse containers, or black bins, it will lessen the chances that refuse cans will become full, will overflow and attract pests and vermin. Recycling is a great way to reduce or eliminate pests and vermin that would otherwise enjoy overflowing trash.

 

Also, if the volume of regular refuse in bins is reduced significantly, then the refuse bins won't have to be serviced as frequently. This can result in cost savings for property owners and managers.

 

Q. Can tenants enroll the multi-family residential property they currently live in for the program?

A. No, only property owners or property managers can enroll a multi-residential property in the program. However, tenants are encouraged to provide the City with contact information for a property owner or property manager who is authorized to enroll the multi-family residence in the program.  

 

The City will contact the property owner or property manager to inform them of this FREE program and enroll their properties at their request. Tenants can simply call us at  213-473-4142 or email us at MultiFamily@lacity.org to provide the City with the necessary information.

 

Q. Will our building have issues with unauthorized recycling collectors coming on the property?

A. This should not be an issue as the blue recycling bins will remain within your property on your service day. In most instances, the hauler should be able to enter the property to service your blue bins. Once emptied, your blue bins will be returned to their original location by the hauler. 

 

Q. How will the hauler access the property and bins?

A. The hauler should be provided with a key or code to enter the property and access the bins.

TENANTS

 

Tenants cannot directly enroll multi-family properties in the program.  Only property owners or property managers can enroll a multi-residential property in the program. However, tenants are encouraged to provide the City with contact information for a property owner or property manager who is authorized to enroll the multi-family residence in the program.

 

The City will contact the property owner or property manager to inform them of this FREE program and enroll their properties at their request. Tenants can email us at MultiFamily@lacity.org or call us at 213-473-4142 to provide the City with the following information:

  • Address of residence, including zip code
  • Type of multi-family residence (apartment, condo, etc.)
  • Number of units
  • Tenant name and phone number
  • Owner/property manager name and phone number

 

PROPERTY OWNER

 

Apartments

 

Apartment owners can register their multi-family residential property in the program quickly and easily. Simply call 213-473-4142 or send an email to MultiFamily@lacity.org to provide the City with the following information:

  • Address of residence, including zip code
  • Type of multi-family residence (apartment, condo, etc.)
  • Number of units
  • Owner name and phone number

 

Condos and Townhomes

 

Homeowners Association (HOA) approval is necessary to enroll an owner-occupied property into the program. Once approval is granted, HOA representatives can register their multi-family residential property in the program quickly and easily.  Simply call 213-473-4142 or send an email to MultiFamily@lacity.org to provide the City with the following information:

  • Address of residence, including zip code
  • Type of multi-family residence (apartment, condo, etc.)
  • Number of units
  • HOA representative name and phone number

 

PROPERTY MANAGER

 

Making recycling part of your corporate policy is a terrific way to show potential clients your commitment to environmental responsibility.  Property management companies can register one property or multiple properties in the program quickly and easily. Simply call 213-473-4142 or send an email to MultiFamily@lacity.org to provide the City with the following information:

  • Addresses of residences, including zip code
  • Type of multi-family residence (apartment, condo, etc.)
  • Number of units at each property
  • Property management company name, property manager name and phone number
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