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Dear PoPville – Is it Normal for Recycling in Multi-Unit Apartment Buildings to be Mixed?

by Prince Of Petworth July 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm 25 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

Dear PoPville,

Can you provide any information on recycling for multi-unit apartment buildings? I live in a unit with more than 30 apartments near New Hampshire Ave and Georgia Ave. Our building has separate containers for recyclable materials. Yet I have noticed that the trash removal trucks dump the recyclable materials (cans, tin/aluminum,glass, newspapers, etc.) in with the trash components? Do this practice make any sense? Are these materials then sorted out at some final processing destination? Any words of advice would be most appreciated.


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