As the new property manager for an apartment building in Northeast Portland, Marty realized he needed a little help in managing the garbage and recycling collection area. Every week he noticed an increase in recyclable items showing up in the garbage, and wanted to figure out how to stop it. Marty reached out to Portland’s Multifamily Waste Reduction Program for free garbage and recycling resources and onsite assistance to support his residents with successfully getting discarded items into the right containers.
With onsite assistance from the Multifamily Waste Reduction Program, including an assessment of current operations, Marty now has increased the number of recycling containers. He also received informational materials for residents who speak a language other than English and added durable multilingual signs to make the recycling, garbage and composting collection area more accessible and easier to use. Now, residents have a much easier time getting recyclable items in the right containers.Since 2004, Portland’s Multifamily Waste Reduction Program has been working with property owners, managers and maintenance staff to make recycling, composting and waste disposal accessible and easy for residents. The program provides free educational materials and technical assistance to help prevent garbage and recycling mistakes, making a property manager’s job much easier.
Portland is growing and the Multifamily Waste Reduction Program, along with garbage and recycling companies, play an essential role in navigating the garbage and recycling challenges and opportunities inherent in the city’s multifamily housing development. Over the next few years, the program will focus on strengthening communication channels with existing property managers while establishing strong relationships with builders and property managers of new multifamily sites. The program will make every effort to streamline educational outreach to make it as clear, straightforward and effective as possible. Outreach efforts tailored to the specific needs of property owners and managers will ensure more multifamily households in Portland have the necessary tools and resources to increase and improve recycling efforts.
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