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Update your lease for a cleaner collection area

Lease agreement and keysIf you feel as though your residents care about recycling and don’t really understand how, you are not alone. While Portland requires that residents receive recycling information within thirty days of move-in, sometimes a flyer seems to go unread.

One step you can consider is to update your leases. Below you’ll find links to examples of how property managers and owners in other states and cities engage their tenants around garbage and recycling concerns. Remember, these links are not legal advice.

For instance, New York City provides clear guidance in their suggested lease language. They require residents to acknowledge that they received notice of how to recycle designated materials, including responsibility for knowing the location of the collection area, and understanding that all requirements apply to guests, visitors and subtenants.

In San Diego, landlords can include a recycling agreement where the resident recognizes that s/he has received guidance about what can be recycled and where, and includes clear instructions about move-in / move-out procedures.

And if you manage or work with a condominium Home Owners Association, you might want to consider the City of Chicago’s by-law insert.

Lease language sets clear expectations for your residents at move in. It gets everyone on the same page and is a great strategy for proactively addressing collection area concerns.