The trash can will no longer be the sole destination for plastic bottles and cardboard boxes at condominiums.
But new blue bins at multifamily units will likely come at a cost to residents, who could see fees go up to pay for newly mandated recycling programs.
Under a state requirement that kicks in today, owners or managers of multifamily dwellings with 10 or more units must now provide recycling opportunities for residents. To comply with the law, Echo Glen I Condominiums in Frederick will have to pay a contractor $5,700 per year to pick up recyclable materials, said Jonathan Hamrick, president of the board of directors for the complex. Hamrick said his board had to hurry to find a contractor because a city recycling pilot program was phasing out just as the state mandate was taking over.
“Honestly, we were scrambling,” Hamrick said. “I could have really asked for a better outcome considering the circumstances.”