Recycling Program for Apartment Buildings Waste Not!

Everybody knows that New York City's apartment buildings generate a whole lot of trash. In fact, according to the New York Department of Sanitation (DSNY), the average New York City resident discards nearly four and a half pounds of waste each day, or more than three-quarters of a ton per year. Multiply that by the number of residents in your building, and the sheer volume of waste gets pretty staggering.

In order to address the amount of trash generated by the city's apartment buildings, the DSNY has come up with an its Apartment Building Recycling Initiative, or ABRI. It's a program designed to empower building boards and management to educate residents about the "Three R's": Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

According to the DSNY, "A volunteer-based apartment building recycling improvement program is a great way to encourage more recycling in the city through hands-on education and cooperation among DSNY, apartment building residents, and building managers."

How it Works

If you're interested in enrolling your building in the ABRI program and have your management company on-board, you can simply go to the DSNY's website ( to fill out an enrollment form. If your building satisfies the program's other requirements, you'll be invited to attend a training session where you'll receive a welcome packet full of helpful information about improving your building community's recycling efforts.

The program's enrollment requirements are pretty straightforward: the primary enrollee must be at least 18 years of age, the building must have more than four residential units and must currently receive DSNY collection. The building's managing agent or company must submit a signed form agreeing to work cooperatively with residents and the DSNY to improve recycling efforts in the building, and a building representative must take part in at least one ABRI training session. (Training sessions are generally held every two months in Lower Manhattan from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. See the DSNY website for more details.)


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