City of St. Paul Park 

on the Mississippi

Apartment Recycling

Tips for successful recycling at your building:

Make it Simple and Convenient

  • Place recycling bins next to trash bins
  • Include recycling bins in common areas such as mail and laundry rooms
  • Provide reusable totes or bags for tenants to sue when they take recyclables to the designated recycling area
  • Clearly label all containers and keep trash areas clean


Educate and Motivate

  • Provide a welcome packet for new tenants to use.  Packet may include a reusable bag, clings/magnets and information on what to recycle.
  • Share updates in newsletters and provide positive feedback
  • Include recycling as a building policy in your tenant lease agreement.
  • Have translated materials available for non-English speaking tenants


Recruit Champions

  • An on-site champion can save you money by monitoring recycling containers and alerting you to any issues that may arise
  • They can be a point of contact for other tenants.  This may be important if your volunteers can communicate with non-English speaking tenants
  • Consider providing an incentive, such as a rent credit or a preferred parking space, for tenants who take on the extra responsibility.


Work with building staff and hauler

  • Make sue there is enough space in recycling bins.  If there is not enough space, tenants will throw their recycling in the trash.
  • Ask for feedback to find out how the program is going. 
  • Understand what you are paying for (there are no taxes on recycling) and be a smart consumer.  Hauling prices are very competitive.
  • Technical assistance is available for improvements to your program.


Dealing with the big stuff - Moving in and out

  • Provide information on what to do with large items. 
  • Encourage donating good quality furniture, clothing, housewares and other items.
  • Educate tenants on where to take electronics and other household hazardous waste, such as motor oil, household cleaner and batteries
  • Request that tenants flatten cardboard before placing it in or next to the recycling bins.



Washington County would like to help you set up or improve your recycling.  Grant funds available to improvement recycling at your building.

  • Up to $10,000 for common space bins
  • Additional $10,000 for infrastructure improvements to increase recycling participation.
  • Free technical assistance


Educational materials include:

  • Reusable bags
  • Reusable totes
  • Posters
  • Clings/magnets
  • Container labels


For more information about recycling and to see FREE resources, go to

City of St. Paul Park, 600 Portland Avenue, St. Paul Park MN 55071