Lane County to roll out a new multifamily recycling program

Lane County to roll out a new multifamily recycling program
Posted on 12/30/2019

Lane County Waste Management is implementing a multifamily recycling program in an effort to improve access to, and quality of, recycling at apartments, condominiums and any multi-tenant properties that have five or more units with shared garbage collection. 

 

Clear instructions and signage are often the most effective tools to keep the recycling clean and sorted correctly. Lane County is offering resources and inviting property owners or managers to register for a pilot project that will offer advanced resources at lanecounty.org/multifamilyrecycling.

 

In a National Multifamily Housing study on what apartment renters want, 80 percent of respondents said access to recycling is a top-five desirable feature, right up there with parking or a fitness center.

 

“Lane County residents clearly feel recycling is very important, and renters should have equal access,” says Lane County Waste Reduction Specialist Sarah Grimm. “We know from research conducted by Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality that we still have high levels of improper recycling, so several free resources are available now and the pilot projects will test additional advanced resources.” 

 

State law (ORS 90.318) requires landlords of apartments, condominiums and other multifamily communities (with 5 or more units) to provide recycling service along with garbage service in certain cities and their urban growth boundaries. Currently, Eugene, Springfield, Creswell and Florence require property owners and managers to provide recycling. Lane County has amended code regulations to ensure this extends from city limits to the urban growth boundary of those cities as required by law.

 

The Lane County Waste Reduction Program is seeking interested multifamily property owners or managers to participate in pilot projects.  Participating properties will receive free educational resources and tools to help tenants recycle right, and in return they will provide oversight and reporting for one year.   Interested property owners or managers can register by filling out the survey at  lanecounty.org/multifamilyrecycling.