All businesses, apartments and generators of construction and demolition debris must source separate and recycle designated materials:
Property owners are required to provide convenient and accessible recycling services to residents for all designated recyclable materials.
Residents are not included in the policy but the city does provide curbside recycling bins to all households along with their trash service.
The city targeted businesses and apartments in the ordinance because they produce 60% of the city’s waste. While most single-family homes already recycle, this sector was not participating fully in the recycling program, despite the existing policy.
This led the city to update the ordinance to allow for inspections and fines.
The policy applies to apartment properties with five or more units.
Businesses must separate materials that comprise 15% or more of their waste stream. To prove they are complying with the policy, businesses must provide proof of a current contract with a hauler or delivery receipts from approved recycling collection locations.
In 2011 the city updated the ordinance to allow inspectors to issue civil citations for non-compliance. The new city requirements start with a warning. The first offense carries a penalty of $125, and the second offense $250. A third offense results in taking the case to court.
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