To boost the use of recycling bins, authorities are abandoning the multi-box system for a new program known as ‘single stream.’ Instead of relying on households to sort all of their material into separate recycling containers, everything is tossed into the same one. It’s loaded into the same truck and sorted at the collection depot.
Using single streaming recycling bins encourages households to be more aware of what’s going to the landfill by making the process no different regarding workload. A recent four-month trial period in the city of Boston found this process decreased the amount of garbage by 40% and increased recycling by 20%, saving the city an estimated $750,000 annually. Less work also means the elderly, the sick, and those with disabilities are better able to use the system.
Not having to load several recycling bins means you only have to pay for one. It can be collected in a single-compartment truck. This translates into huge cash savings and a single-compartment truck that will get the job done in one pickup rather than pay for more expensive multi-compartments and several trips to the same home. There are less maintenance and fewer parts to replace.
Single streaming also gives you better flexibility. If there is more waste to pick up or a vehicle breaks down, you can use the same truck for garbage, yard waste, site cleanup, and more.
Because more people are using recycling containers and there is more product moving through the system, you are open to different options. This includes the chance to work out deals with various processors to get a higher payout per load. Paper is a prime example of this. Because there is more of each material coming in, you can have it hauled to the processing plant faster. This means there is less storage required.
These systems use a variety of methods such as magnets to help sort the different materials. This reduces the workload on employees, reducing the chance of injury. Therefore, workers compensation programs and insurance will decrease. There are also fewer working hours required per ton of waste, leaving workers available for other projects and reducing the amount spent on salaries.
If it hasn’t already arrived, single steam recycling will be coming to a curb-side near you. The rate of residential materials being recycled has stagnated since curbside recycling began in full force in the 1990’s. This is not to say that your town’s recycling program may not be doing well. It just means that we can all be doing better. But with recycling rates hardly growing in the last few years, how can we do this?
Well, introducing single steam recycling to save the day! OK, so that’s great; but what is it? Single steam recycling is an attempt to make recycling collection as simple as possible for residence, so as to encourage everyone to recycle as many materials as possible. More information can be found at the Las Vegas dumpster rental and recycling website which talks about replacing your current collection bin or bins with a single large cart that will hold an entire week’s worth of recyclables including corrugated cardboard and magazines. Gone are the days of sorting different recyclables into different buckets, or even mixing your recyclable containers into one bin while stacking corrugated cardboard and magazines on the side.
As the name implies, single steam recycling will let you add recyclables to your new cart as you produce them, or in a single stream, just like the regular trash. Read a newspaper, throw it in the cart; have a can of soup, throw it in the cart; sort out your junk mail and throw it in the cart. No need for extra bundling, or extra piles; which means less clutter in your home or garage. Making recycling easier means more participation and more participation means that more materials get recycled.
With the extra space in your new cart, make sure you are taking advantage of all the materials that can be recycled in your area. Call your town or trash hauler to get the latest list of the acceptable recyclables. There is a good chance that new materials may have been added since you last checked. Now that recycling is so easy and you have plenty of room in your recycling cart, there is no excuse for not recycling all the materials that you can.
Here is a list of materials that most towns are now accepting in their recycling program. If your town does not accept some of these, call them and ask why. There are markets available for all of these materials, so there is no excuse for these to be left out of your local collection.
Aluminum foil and containers
#1 – #7 plastic containers
Magazines and catalogs
Remember that it is still important to keep trash and non-recyclables out of your recycling cart. While your trash is simply disposed of in a landfill or incinerator, your recyclables are marketable products that become the raw material to make new products. With your help, that plastic bottle may become a fleece sweater that keeps you warm; or that newspaper may become sheet rock for your next construction project, or that metal container may be used in your child’s next bicycle. What you throw in the trash today is gone, but what you recycle today may come back to you as new. Respect it for the resource that it is!
Single steam recycling have bins and systems require a different system for sorting than traditional depots. This means special equipment is a must; equipment and systems that make it efficient. Many collection centers need updating to it.
Single steam recycling containers are a huge benefit for the homeowner, the authorities in charge of the system, the workers, and the environment. It can be a huge investment, but one that can help ensure a healthy future for everyone. Regardless of the method, the most important thing is to use recycling bins and work together for the common good.