Commercial Recycling Advocacy

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RecycleNOW Philadelphia is calling on YOU to help start a recycling program in your office, apartment building, or condominium. The City of Philadelphia’s commercial recycling regulations require that all commercial buildings — including businesses, apartment buildings of more than six units, and schools — provide recycling for their employees and/or tenants.

Commercial buildings are required to prepare and submit a recycling plan, provide recycling and containers for employees and/or tenants, and use a hauler or recycling company that is licensed by the City of Philadelphia. For all recyclables, commercial buildings must provide for separation of these items from regular trash up-front. If a hauler or a building manager/owner says that you can combine recyclables with trash, and that they will be separated off-site, they are not being recycled!

To help you get started, RecycleNOW, with generous support from the William Penn Foundation, has developed a Recycling Advocates Toolkit for your use. You can download all of the materials you need to get started right here. Below are the materials with a description of each one.

Recycling Advocate's Toolkit: Handbook for becoming an advocate in your building. (PDF)
Eight Steps to Becoming an Effective Recycling Advocate: Quick guide to starting out. (PDF)
Advocate Pledge Card: Pledge your support to the campaign. (PDF)
RecycleNOW Petition: Get support from other tenants in your building. (PDF)
Petition Postcard: To leave behind for tenants that you can't contact dirctly. (PDF)
Apartment and Condominium Background Survey: To help you gather information to better understand the facility. (PDF)
Office/Workplace Background Survey: To help you gather information to better understand the facility. (PDF)

Additionally, RecycleNOW representatives are happy to meet with you to help you get a recycling program started. Please provide us with your contact information so we can provide our assistance.