Matt Benz-Whittington drops off his recyclable items at the Longmont Waste Diversion Center, 140 Martin St., on Thursday morning. Benz-Whittington, who lives in the northwest area of Longmont, says he goes to the recycling center once every two to three weeks.

Lewis Geyer, Longmont Times-CallMatt Benz-Whittington drops off his recyclable items at the Longmont Waste Diversion Center, 140 Martin St., on Thursday morning. Benz-Whittington, who lives in the northwest area of Longmont, says he goes to the recycling center once every two to three weeks.

As a committee of Longmont residents and the city staff’s environmental sustainability plan urge the adoption of a commercial recycling requirement for multi-family developments, some dedicated renters continue hauling materials themselves to the Waste Diversion Center.

Other tenants of Longmont apartment communities simply choose not to recycle — or are unaware of how they still can — without an option to deposit items on-site.

As co-chair of a zero-waste committee formed in April under the Sustainable Resilient Longmont nonprofit environmental group, Emily Jacobson said she and other members have had numerous residents approach them to inquire about recycling options at multi-family complexes.

“I didn’t realize how difficult (recycling) was for people living in these apartment complexes before,” Jacobson said.

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Her committee, in partnership with the Boulder County Recycling Center’s operator, Eco-Cycle, recently began a petition collecting signatures in support of a Longmont ordinance requiring recycling and compost pickup for multi-family units it plans to bring to City Council.

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