State hopes to increase overall recycling rates by including rental properties in state recycling ordinances.
Rental properties traditionally lag far behind single-family homes in state-wide California recycling rates. But a recently enacted law now requires property owners to provide recycling facilities for renters.
The Renter’s Right to Recycle Act, authored by Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, was signed into law in September by Governor Jerry Brown. The law mandates that all rental properties now make recycling services available for tenants.
Fewer than 40% of California’s seven million renters have access to recycling facilities. The result is a meager 15% recycling rate among renters. By contrast, according to the LA Times, 70% of single-family homes have access to some form of curb-side recycling.
Although the law is mandatory, it does have a provision for properties to receive a waiver, if the property meets certain qualifications that make it impossible to recycle within the property. Recycling service providers will work directly with landlords to determine whether their properties can accommodate recycling, and to set up recycling facilities where appropriate.
Since California usually leads the way in recycling statistics, this is good news. A program like this one will certainly act as a pilot program for other states to begin enacting their own renter’s recycling programs.