- Reduced sorting effort by residents may mean more recyclables are placed at the curb and more residents may participate in recycling
- Reduced collection costs because single-compartment trucks are cheaper to purchase and operate, collection can be automated, and collection routes can be serviced more efficiently.
- Greater fleet flexibility which allows single compartment vehicles to be used for refuse or recycling, providing greater fleet flexibility and reducing the number of reserve vehicles needed.
- Worker injuries may decrease because the switch to single stream is often accompanied by a switch from bins to cart-based
What is single stream recycling?
Single stream recycling is a process where mixed recyclables materials are collected and transported in a single container for transport to a recycling facilitywhere the materials are sorted and processed into various marketable recyclable materials.
What materials are/are not accepted at a single stream recycling facility?
In general all materials that are typically source separated or picked up curbside for recycling are acceptable (plus additional plastics which are often not recycled).
The following materials are accepted:
Mixed papers Plastic Containers #1-#7 - clear and colored Newspaper Tin Cans Office paper Aluminum Cans Cardboard Glass Bottles & Jars - clear and colored Box board
The following materials are not accepted:
Scrap metal Batteries
Bulky wastes Wood or other construction demolition debris
Tires MSW or other waste materials