Multi-Family Recycling

By law, every resident, business and school in Broome County is required to recycle.  Multi- family residences including apartment complexes, condominiums, multi-family units, hotels and motels are required to comply with our local law!

Guide for Landlords      

General Information:

Garbage & Recycling Collection:  If you do not have municipal collection the facility manager/landlord is responsible to contract with a private hauler for service.

Recycling Bins: To obtain or replace your 22 gallon yellow curbside recycling bin please contact your private hauler. If you would like to trade in your usable yellow bin for a larger 32 gallon blue bin you must bring it to the Broome County Landfill.  There is a limit of one 32 gallon bin per household; additional 32 gallon bins can be purchased for a nominal fee. Develop a collection system: Designate locations where recyclables and garbage will be collected. Make these locations well-known, convenient and efficient. Find out how your hauler would like materials sorted and prepared.Costs: It is possible to lower your costs by recycling!

  • Recycling cost less per ton than trash collection.
  • It is possible for residents to recycle enough to reduce the trash container size or the collection frequency.
  • To calculate an estimate of possible avoided collection/disposal visit the following:
  • Estimating Disposal Costs and Calculating Costs

Educate: Provide recycling education to new residents when they first move in.

  • The Division of Solid Waste Management can provide free educational brochures on recycling, hazardous waste and electronic recycling among other topics.
  • To request a supply of brochures please call 607.778.2250.
  • Monitor the program and address issues quickly.

Space: It is necessary to supply the proper amount of space for your recyclables. 

 An estimate of the amount of area you will need is:

  • 100 square ft. for 10 units with 5 square ft. for each additional unit.
  •  A 40 or 20 yard bin will require at least 160-192 square feet
  • A 3 yard bin will require at least 12 square feet
  • A 2 yard bin will require at least 8 square feet.

Tips to make recycling easier on you and your tenants:

Place recycling bins in convenient and central areas, such as laundry rooms, trash rooms or mail rooms. Also consider placing them on each floor, or in safe exterior storage areas. 

  • Make sure bins are large enough to accommodate the amount of recycling between collections.
  • Fixing appropriate signage to these bins will also help to keep garbage and recycling separate. If your residents are interested in smaller bins they may either contact your hauler or visit the Broome County Landfill at 286 Knapp Rd. Binghamton NY to obtain a yellow curbside bin.

For technical support, please call the Division of Solid Waste at 607.778.2250.