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Multifamily communities come in all shapes and sizes: apartments, dormitories, condominiums and more. If you’re unsure about what you can recycle or you want to learn some multifamily housing waste reduction tips, check out the info below.

Do you own or manage an apartment complex, condo or other housing where multiple families share trash and recycling services?

Take a look at property manager resources

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Multifamily recycling and garbage

Learn about recycling guidelines in Clark County
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The following items should be placed in the garbage instead of recycling:

  • Plastic bags, plastic film, wrappers, plastic packaging
  • To-go containers, soiled paper, single-use items, disposable diapers, sanitary products
  • Block foam food packaging and cups
  • Freezer boxes and microwaveable packaging

Bulky items

Bulky items like mattresses, furniture, shelves and desks cannot be disposed of in the garbage or recycling. Do not leave bulky items in garbage enclosures. Contact your property manager for disposal options or search the Recycling A-Z Directory.

Household Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste includes items such as automotive fluids, used oil, medication and sharps. Do not dispose of these items in the garbage or recycling.

All residents can take hazardous waste to hazardous waste facilities at Clark County transfer stations for free drop-off. Find a free disposal location near you using the Recycling A-Z directory.

How to recycle at your multifamily residence

Recyclables (except glass) can be mixed together in your recycling cart or recycling dumpster. Mixed recycling goes into the recycle truck together and plastic, paper and metal items are separated by machines and hand-sorting at the recycling facility.

Follow these steps to recycle right at your community:

  1. Locate your onsite recycling area. Ask your property manager to show you. Recycling areas typically have roll carts, recycling dumpsters, or cages that are for collecting recycling. Glass roll carts are typically blue-green, and slightly smaller than mixed recycling carts.
  2. Bring recyclables to the community recycling carts or containers. If you use a plastic bag to carry out recycling, never leave the plastic bag in the mixed recycling — you must empty contents first and either reuse or discard the plastic bag in the trash.
  3. Glass should always be recycled separately in your glass recycling cart.
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Multifamily Recycling

Handy recycling tips

  • Flatten cardboard boxes before recycling to save space in the recycling container so your neighbors can recycle too.
  • Keep mixed recyclables separated from your garbage.
  • Recyclables must be empty, clean, and dry.
  • Put recyclables loosely into your recycling cart (no bagged recyclables).
  • Please do not put plastic bags of any kind into the recycling.

Need more info?

Want to see more recycling at your site? Encourage your property owner or manager to take advantage of free recycling resources today!

Want to learn more about recycling?

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