Zero Waste Goals: Tips to Manage & Reduce Waste at Your Multifamily Property

As new multi-family and high-density residential properties come to Oakland, it becomes increasingly important for onsite and facilities managers to provide comprehensive waste management, recycling services and education to assist residents in complying with current laws, and to keep Oakland clean.


Post Helpful Signage


Post helpful signage in trash enclosure areas to encourage tenants to sort recycling, compost, and landfill waste correctly with minimum contamination. Make sure your tenants have the correct tools and information to recycle correctly by providing and labeling containers. Distribute informational brochures and hang up posters in common areas to help tenants identify the materials that are recycle or compost.


Schedule a Bulky Pickup


Contact your local garbage company if they offer free bulky pickups in your city. Some garbage companies offer at least one free bulky pickup per calendar year and multifamily properties may be eligible based on the number of units in the building.

This is a good time to encourage residents to gather large items that they wish to dispose of and helps avoid having these items pile up around the property. Large bulky pickup items can include furniture, appliances, tires, electronics, carpets and scrap metal.


Inform Tenants of Free Hazardous Waste Drop-off Facilities


Encourage tenants to properly dispose of hazardous materials and chemicals by posting and distributing hazardous material information and how to properly dispose of hazardous waste. Contact the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Program for a list of accepted items, facility drop off locations and upcoming drop-off events. www.stopwaste.org


Rental Property Owner Business Program

Multifamily Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

There is a new free hazardous waste service for residential landlords to dispose of their tenant’s waste. Call the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) at 1-800-618-6942 to apply for an EPA ID. In many cases, EPA ID numbers can be assigned over the phone.

Most common consumer building maintenance products are accepted: adhesives, painting, cleaning, auto, garden, propane, batteries, and fluorescent bulbs. Other more industrial products may be accepted after a consultation.

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Provide Sufficient & Easily Accessible Recycle Containers


Provide tenants with sufficient indoor recycling and compost containers and place them in convenient locations that can later be taken to the waste common area. It is much easier to encourage recycling and composting when the containers are easily accessible and stored in convenient locations. Make sure to post signage so that tenants know which items can be recycled or composted.


Communication


Send regular emails or newsletters informing and reminding tenants about the recycling and composting efforts on the property. If you find the landfill volume decreasing on your property, follow up with tenants to share the results and encourage them to continue their recycling efforts. Include information about local drop-off events, upcoming bulky pickups, and local facilities for hazardous waste drop-off.


Hire a Push/Pull Company


A local company like Bay Area Bin Support not only brings your containers to the curb on the day of service but also provides a free cleanup in the bin storage area or trash enclosure to keep your property clean, organized, and free of rodents and odors. Bay Area Bin Support monitors recycle contamination, usage levels, post and maintain signage in the enclosures, offer suggestions and alert you of any waste issues on your property.

Give us a call today to learn more. 1-888-920-2467.



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