In California, Governor Jerry Brown recently signed the Renter’s Right to Recycle Act, requiring landlords to offer recycling bins and services for cans, plastic and paper in complexes with five or more apartment units. This effort was led by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (Democrat, Woodland Hills), Bob said “…Green living is the future and nothing is more basic than being able to recycle where you live.” This bill was also supported by the California Apartment Association (CAA) which represents thousands of landlords.
An interesting statistic mentioned in the article was that the recycling rate in apartment buildings is just 15%, compared with 70% of Californians who live in single family homes. Before this bill, less than 40% of the renters living in apartments had the option to recycle on the property. If they wanted to recycle, these renters would have to carry their waste across town to a recycling center…..and you can bet not many people will do that!