Tempe has a new goal to provide on-site recycling to 70 percent of all multifamily housing complexes by the year 2020. About 38 percent of Tempe homes are in complexes of five or more living units.
“Multifamily homes represent a significant portion of our city’s waste collection operations,” said Tempe Councilmember Kolby Granville. “Increasing the diversion rate will help us become better stewards of the environment while also saving money on landfill disposal costs.”
Tempe’s Solid Waste Division will work to reach the new goal by encouraging voluntary recycling programs in all city multifamily complexes. The strategy includes:
- Working with existing multifamily customers to start new recycling programs or to ensure their existing programs are meeting their full potential
- Developing customized programs that address the needs of multifamily residents
- Participating actively with developers and property owners to provide recycling and to encourage their residents to participate
- Ensuring that new multifamily complex projects include adequate space for collecting recyclables
- Continuing to educate residents and students about the benefits of recycling and why it is so important for the environment and the city’s bottom line
- Working with private haulers as needed to provide recycling programs to their customers to help reach the goal
“Tempe has a long history of taking on challenging environmental issues and coming up with solutions that create positive change,” said Tempe Councilmember Lauren Kuby. “The city’s commitment to sustainability has reached new heights with this recycling goal.”
In February 2015, Tempe City Council provided direction to form a working group to discuss multifamily recycling, which can often be more challenging than curbside because of space constraints on apartment properties and a lack of convenient options for residents. The working group included Tempe Vice Mayor Corey Woods, Councilmembers Kolby Granville and Lauren Kuby and several staff members with recycling and solid waste expertise. After several meetings and research, the working group developed a resolution proposing the new goal. The City Council adopted the goal at its June 10 Regular Council Meeting.
For more information on Tempe’s recycling programs, visit www.tempe.gov/slashthetrash.