American Recycler — September 2008 Edition
 

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Municipalities shift attention to single-stream recycling collection
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Cities weigh advantages against disadvantages

As the head of the solid waste bureau in Baltimore, Valentina Ukwuoma is getting daily calls from other communities wanting to learn more about single-stream recycling, where all recyclables are mixed together in one collection container.

Baltimore, which started single-stream collection in January, is only one on a growing list of municipalities across the country to launch single-stream recycling.

“Single-stream is working better than most expected” in Baltimore, Ukwuoma says, noting that the tons recycled by the city have increased by 20 percent.

“The simplicity of single-stream recycling encourages more people to participate, increasing volumes, which increases the amount of material diverted from landfills.”     ...read more

 

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