Municipalities shift attention to single-stream recycling collection
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.”