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What is recycling? Recycling is the separation of specific materials, usually including plastic, metal, paper, cardboard, from garbage and diverting it to a facility that will repurpose it for reuse. Recycling also offers a sustainable solution to regular waste streams by lowering our input into municipal landfills, and helping extend the expected life of a landfill by decades, drastically lowering our environmental impact.
Single Stream recycling, the most common option for many waste haulers, along with the preferred choice at Reliable, allows customers to put all their recycling in a single container that is then transferred to a recycling center and separated by a team of specialists. This method has pros and cons, and the cons are incredibly important to note.
Pros of Single Stream Recycling:
•One container for all recycling materials.
•You should not bag your recycling, just place it in the bin.
•No separation is required. If it’s accepted, throw it in the same container.
Cons of Single Stream Recycling:
•Contamination can ruin the entire load
•If an unaccepted material or trash ends up in the bin, the entire load could be disposed of at a landfill for contamination
•Most people are unfamiliar with the fact that different facilities accept different materials.
Contamination is the biggest problem facing current recycling practices today. People throw in things they shouldn’t, like grease soaked cardboard, plastic bags, or paint cans, and then the entire load needs to be dumped. If it ends up at the recycling center, all pieces in proximity to the contamination can be removed as well, causing slowdowns and strain on the facility.
It’s incredibly important you know what you can recycle and what you can’t. Click here for Details!