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I live in an apartment building or other type of multi-unit building; can I use the City’s recycling system?

Yes, but it can depend.

Under the current city code, any building or complex with more than 3 units is technically considered a “commercial” account for waste collection purposes, regardless if the units are businesses or residences.

All multi-unit complexes with 8 or more units are required to provide recycling services to their tenants. Complexes with 3-7 units are the only residential buildings in Durango not required to have recycling, but the building managers are allowed to sign-up for service either through the City of Durango, or other commercial providers.

If you live in a complex with 8 or more units that is not providing recycling service, contact 970-375-5004 to file a complaint. If you live in a complex with 3-7 units that does not provide recycling, contact your HOA, building manager or landlord to discuss the possibility of signing up for commercial collection services.

Residents that live in complexes without recycling service can bring their recycling to the Durango Recycling Center to drop off for a small fee. These residents must pay a fee to drop off recycling because they do not pay for recycling service on their utility bills.

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1. Why is it called Single Stream Recycling?
2. Is single stream better than multi-stream sorted recycling?
3. Should I put my recyclables in a bag before I place them in my single stream recycling container?
4. Why aren’t plastic bags and film accepted in single stream recycling, and how can I recycle my plastic bags?
5. Why isn’t glass accepted in single stream recycling, and how can I recycle my glass?
6. I live in an apartment building or other type of multi-unit building; can I use the City’s recycling system?
7. I am a county resident; can I use the City of Durango for my trash and recycling collections?
8. What happens to my recycling after it is collected?
9. My trash or recycling wasn’t collected, what happened?
10. What does an overfill charge on my bill mean?
11. My container or dumpster lid is broken and not closing properly, can you fix it?
12. Are trash and recycling still collected during winter storms?
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