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Business & Multifamily Recycling

Overview of Business & Multifamily Recycling in Takoma Park

The City of Takoma Park requires that all multifamily and commercial properties provide tenants an opportunity to recycle. Takoma Park Code Chapter 10.12 and 10.14 was amended in July, 2015 to mandate recycling in businesses and apartments.

NOTE: This page is for business and multifamily recycling information. For information on residential curbside recycling visit the Recycling Collection page. Curbside collection services are provided for single family homes and multifamily apartments with less than 13 units through the City.

Resources for Business & Multifamily Recycling in Takoma Park

Visit the Business Recycling Information and Multifamily Recycling Information pages for resources including vendor lists, annual recycling reporting requirements and printable notices.

Enforcement & Implementation

The primary focus of the implementation of the law will be toward compliance through education and public outreach.

Multifamily and commercial properties found in violation can be issued a notice of violation. Failure to correct a violation will result in a Class C municipal infraction, which carries a $200 fine and may be levied on a per-day/per-unit basis.

No business shall place any refuse or recyclables generated from the business in street containers provided by the City for public use. Doing so may result in a $400 fine.

Annual Recycling Report

Multifamily units with private collection are required to file an Annual Recycling Report with the City of Takoma Park. More details are available on the Multifamily Recycling page. Links to forms are also available in the table below.

Business & Multifamily Recycling in Takoma Park Information

Looking for information specific to business or multifamily recycling in Takoma Park? Visit the Business Recycling or Multifamily Recycling pages for detailed information on what recycling requirements are for your city.

Photo of Takoma Park businesses with the text "business recycling" and the symbol for recycling.
Businesses in Takoma Park are required to recycle. Visit the Business Recycling page for more information.

Business Recycling

Photo of Takoma Park condo with the text "multifamily recycling" and the symbol for recycling.
Multifamily buildings in Takoma Park are required to recycle. Visit the Multifamily Recycling page for more information.

Multifamily Recycling

Business & Multifamily Recycling Resources

Links to resources including required multifamily annual reports and notices are available in the table below.

Business & Multifamily Recycling Resources

Resource & LinkDescriptionType
Multifamily Annual Recycling Report (Online)Multifamily with private collection are required to file this recycling report. Form can be submitted online.online form
Multifamily Annual Recycling Report (Print)Multifamily with private collection are required to file this report. Completed forms can be mailed or faxed.PDF
City of Takoma Park Recycling NoticeRequired printable notice for multifamily units to be posted where common refuse and recycling bins are located. (11" x 17")PDF
Recyclable Items in Takoma ParkPrintable document detailing what can be recycled in Takoma Park. (8.5" x 11")PDF
Refuse & Recycling Haulers ListList of refuse and recycling haulers that serve the Washington D.C. metro area.Excel
Table: Business & Multifamily Recycling Resources including links to mandatory forms. Table maintained by the Nima Upadhyay, Special Projects Coordinator. (NimaU@takomaparkmd.gov)

What Can Be Recycled in Takoma Park

Businesses and multifamily residences that receive collection service from the City of Takoma Park are required to recycle the following items below. Businesses and multifamily properties that receive collection from a private hauler must follow the instructions provided by their hauler.

Recycling in Takoma Park

MaterialDescriptionExamplesNotes
glassglass bottles
glassglass jars
metalaerosol cansmust be empty
metalaluminum foilMust be free of food.
metalaluminum trays
metalcans
metalfood containers
metalbeverage containers
paperbooks (paperback)
paperboxboardcereal boxes, inserts in packaging
papercardboard boxesflatten or nest if possible
papercorrugated cardboard
papercatalogs
paperenvelopeswith or without windows
paperjunk mail
papermagazines
papernewspapersincludes inserts
paperpaper bags
paperpaperboardcereal boxes
paperphone books
paperwhite paper
papercolored paper
paperwrapping paper
plasticplastic bottlescontainers for drinks, shampoo, etcmust be marked with a universal recyclable symbol #1 through #5
plasticplastic jarscontainers for yogurt, peanut butter, etcmust be marked with a universal recyclable symbol #1 through #5
plasticplastic bucketscontainers for ice cream, kitty litter, detergent, paintmust be marked with a universal recyclable symbol #1 through #5
plasticplastic tubscontainers for ice cream, margarine, yogurt, etcmust be marked with a universal recyclable symbol #1 through #5
plasticflower potsmust be empty and free of dirt
Table: Items that can currently be recycled in Takoma Park. NOTE: Plastic marked with the plastic resin code #6 symbol is polystyrene and is not recyclable. Visit the Polystyrene Ban page (http://takomaparkmd.gov/initiatives/polystyrene-ban/) for more details. Table maintained by Gina Mathias, Sustainability Manager (GinaM@takomaparkmd.gov)

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