The Atlanta City Council’s Utilities Committee began discussion on June 26 of a proposal by Councilwoman Clair Muller that would require all multi-family dwellings to provide for recycling.

Due to a loophole in the city’s current rules on recycling, apartment complexes, condos and other such communities are able to “shirk their responsibility,” according to Muller’s proposal.

Atlanta collects the following materials for recycling: aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars without lids, mixed paper, telephone books, box board and empty cereal boxes.

The proposed legislation would require developers to show plans for enough on-site space to be provided for recycling containers. Developers or an association of home owners would have to hire a recycling vendor to collect the material and recycle it. The documentation would have to be sent to the city’s Commissioner of Public Works.