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Recycling apartments attract tenants

August 19, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
In this tough housing market, apartment owners need every edge to entice new renters. Some have even found a way to make their tenants happy and help the planet at the same time. From the outside, Hidden Springs Apartments looks like many other complexes near UC Riverside, with lots of shade and plenty of greenery. But inside, there is a big difference because of another kind of green, recycling bins.

"I did recycling when I was in Arizona and we had to really go out of our way in order to recycle here," said Peggy Kern a tenant.

Kern says it was very hard to find a place that offered recycling. At Hidden Springs it is a key point on the guided tour.

"The fact that it is easy to do ... You separate your trash from your recycling and I'm really excited about it," said Kern.

Before the recycling program started, they had ten trash bins on the property. They now only have four trash bins and four recycling bins. Those at the complex say it's because the program has been so successful.

"In this building here, behind the Holiday Building, there's 28 units. And I think all 28 are recycling because the recycling bin is full every week. All of the recycling bins are ... they're overflowing," said Bea Lancaster, the apartment manager.

Lancaster says the apartment owner, Allen Properties, is offering recycling at many of their complexes across Southern California.

"I know we're making a difference, because there's not trash floating around, kids are putting their ... plastic and everything into the recycling bin. We're happy to have that," said Lancaster.

"One person at a time," said Kern. "If we all do a little bit, then together it will make a difference."

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