Common Areas

To prevent identity theft, recycling in mail areas should be behind a wall with a slot for access, if possible.

In laundry areas, large plastic jugs and cardboard boxes will require space for several large carts (96-gallon), or space for maintenance staff to keep empty carts nearby to exchange for full ones.

For any common areas used for food-related purposes, organics carts or bins should be added to the stations as well. Organics, recycling and refuse bins must be visible, well labeled and equally accessible.

In a residential setting, recyclables and refuse are generated in common areas such as the mail area and laundry room, so it is important to locate both recycling and refuse containers in these areas.