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Zero Waste Building Maintenance Program

  • NYC Department of Sanitation 44 Beaver Street New York, NY, 10004 United States (map)

The Zero Waste Building Maintenance Training is designed to help building maintenance staff run an outstanding apartment building recycling program. Through a combination of classroom instruction, field trips and practical activities, you will develop:

  • A solid understanding of proper recycling procedures
  • Ability to distinguish between resident and building responsibilities
  • Knowledge to troubleshoot recycling issues
  • Awareness of DSNY programs available to apartment buildings
  • Skills to teach others about recycling

Students who successfully complete the program by meeting the course requirements will receive a Zero Waste Building Maintenance Training Certificate.


Program Requirements

To qualify for the Zero Waste Building Maintenance Training Certificate, participants must:

  1. Attend Training Session 1 and 2.
  2. Complete 2 site visits.
  3. Demonstrate an outstanding apartment building recycling program.


Sample Workshops

  • Mastering Apartment Building Recycling: From Set Up to Set Out
  • Understanding Building Management vs. Resident Recycling Responsibilities
  • Learning How to Get Rid of Special Materials (electronics, bulk, harmful household products)
  • Developing an Enhanced Building Recycling Program (refashioNYC, e-cycleNYC and organics enrollment)
  • Strategies for Pest Control


Upcoming Training Dates:

Session 1 - April 13th

Session 2 - April 20th

To participate in the Zero Waste Building Maintenance Training, please complete the application here.

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