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Multi-Unit Residential Recycling Programs

Multi-unit residential buildings (i.e., apartments and condos) are an un-tapped source of municipal recyclables in many communities in the U.S. Additionally, residents of multi-unit buildings can feel excluded from recycling opportunities enjoyed by neighbors living in single-family homes. Communities with multi-unit residential recycling programs have identified many differences between multi-unit recycling and traditional curbside recycling. Many recycling education and implementation challenges are unique to multi-unit buildings. Join us as speakers from New York City, Chicago, and Ann Arbor share details about their communities' multi-unit residential recycling programs and strategies for improving recovery of recyclables from multi-unit buildings. To register, go to GoToWebinar Exit EPA

Speaker Bios

Samantha MacBride is Deputy Director for Recycling at the New York City Department of Sanitation. She has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Johns Hopkins University, a Master's in Public Administration from NYU's Wagner School, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Multi-unit Residential Recycling in New York City (PDF) (22 pp, 1.81MB, About PDF)

Leigh Peters is an environmental engineer with the Urban Management and Brownfields Redevelopment division of the City of Chicago Department of Environment. Her work includes evaluation and remediation of brownfield properties, providing technical support to other City Departments and agencies, and assisting with solid waste initiatives including recycling and soil and rubble reuse. Prior to joining the City of Chicago, Leigh worked for a consulting firm conducting remediation oversight, planning, and evaluation for USEPA projects and manufactured gas plant sites. Leigh is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois and received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. in Environmental Engineering.

City of Chicago: Multi-unit Residential Recycling (PDF) (22 pp, 1.11MB, About PDF)

Kendra Pyle is the residential recycling coordinator at Recycle Ann Arbor, a nonprofit recycling organization dedicated to providing education and innovative services in the collection, processing, and distribution of recyclable materials. Recycle Ann Arbor started Michigan's first curbside recycling program in 1978, and currently operates the state's largest community Drop-Off Station. Kendra's primary job focuses are recycling education and service issues at multi-family housing locations. Before starting at Recycle Ann Arbor in 2009, Kendra worked as a special projects coordinator for the City of Ann Arbor. She also spent six years coordinating and leading educational and environmental programs for environmental centers in Michigan, Minnesota, and Belize.

Multi-unit Residential Recycling: Lessons From A College Town (PDF) (16 pp, 1.08MB, About PDF)

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