A Visit to a Single-Stream Recycling Facility

I had the pleasure of visiting a local single-stream material recovery center earlier this week. Here are some photos! Keep in mind this is ONE DAY’s worth of waste. The facility is cleared out every day.



While single stream recycling IS better and results in more materials being recycled, you have to know how to do it properly. Even if your community offers single stream recycling, they may not be clear on what that means.

You should still have one trash can for ALL recyclables (paper, plastic, glass), one can for FOOD WASTE/COMPOST, and one can for anything else that is not food waste and not recyclable (this should not be much). Single stream recycling means single stream for your recyclables only, not all your waste!



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