Calif. Expands Recycling to Renters

A new state law requires apartment buildings to offer the option that many take for granted.
by , | October 3, 2011 AT 2:45 PM

Of the seven million Californians that live in apartments, more than 60 percent of them don't have recycling opportunities within their buildings. Landlords cite lack of space for recycling bins and improper garbage chutes among the reasons for this, reports the Los Angeles Times. But thanks to the Renter's Right to Recycle Act that California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last month, people living in buildings with five or more apartments will soon be able to recycle their paper, plastic and aluminum materials. Buildings can be exempt from the law but only at the recycling companies' discretion. LAT reports that the California Apartment Association (CAA) supported the change; the CAA writes in a blog post that the law is designed not to circumvent local recycling programs.