Recycling at Multi-Family Properties

Maryland Law
During the 2012 Regular Session, the Maryland General Assembly enacted a new provision requiring owners / managers of apartment buildings or councils of unit owners of condominiums that contain 10 or more units to provide residents with the opportunity for recycling, on or before October 1, 2014.

Frederick County Government does not provide waste collection services (trash or recycling) for commercial entities, including multi-family properties. Commercial property owners / managers / landlords are responsible for managing waste and recycling collection on their site.

Property Owner's Role
Apartment and condominium officials are responsible for:
  • Providing recycling service to the residents of each building no later than October 1, 2014.
  • Securing and managing contracts for providing material collection/recycling service for all building locations.
  • Providing clearly marked collection bins for recyclable materials and containers for transporting the materials off site. (May be provided by the contracted recycling hauler.)
Getting Started
Set Up Service
Property owners / managers will need to arrange a recycling contract with a waste hauler. By doing so, it may be possible to decrease the frequency of trash collection or size of dumpster, since a great deal of typical household waste is recyclable. Use ourbusiness recycling guide to help find a hauler.

Place Collection Containers
Property owners / managers will need to determine what size and/or how many recycling containers are needed and where they will go on site. Remember,it may be possible to downsize waste collection containers once recycling begins.

Educate Tenants
To ensure success, residents will need to know what is recyclable and which containers to place materials in. We offer downloadable flyers, templates for adhesive labels and printable poster files for no charge, as well as our complete guide for business recycling (for all documents, see available resources list below).

Available Resources
For additional information or assistance, please contact the Frederick County Department of Solid Waste Management by calling 301-600-2960 or by sending an email.