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Dallas to Mandate Multifamily Recycling by 2020

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Apartment complexes with eight or more units will be required to provide recycling to residents.

The Dallas City Council recently voted unanimously to approve a new recycling mandate, which will require apartment complexes with eight or more units to provide recycling to residents by 2020.

The ordinance, which goes hand-in-hand with the city’s zero waste goals, will require the complexes that meet the mandate requirements to provide capacity for 11 gallons of recycling a week for each unit. To fulfill this requirement, landlords may utilize dumpsters, carts, bins and compactors.

Dallas News has more information:

Dallas apartment complexes with eight or more units will have to provide recycling for their residents by 2020.

The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the new recycling mandate, which is meant to help push Dallas toward its "zero-waste" goals and divert some materials from landfills. Council member Sandy Greyson said the new ordinance "is really going to move the needle considerably."

The council was due to consider recycling mandates next year, according to its 2013 Zero Waste Plan. But the push came a year early after council members were told that voluntary compliance hadn't resulted in much volunteering. Less than quarter of apartment complexes were offering recycling, and progress wasn't fast enough, officials said.

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