A 2018 law that requires landlords to make trash recycling available for tenants of apartments with eight units or more has gone into effect. More than half of Dallas residents live in rental apartments, so the law affects most of the population and a large volume of Dallas trash.
Dallas adopted a goal of “Zero Waste” in 2013 to reduce the cost of dumping trash in a landfill and improve the environment. “In order to achieve Zero Waste, we have to have good recycling policies and we have to have good production policies so we don’t produce things that are designed to become waste,” said Richardson.
For years, Dallas recycling has been available for residents of single-family homes and many apartment complexes offered it voluntarily. As of January 1, landlords are required to provide a recycling program and inform tenants about it.