Single-stream recycling refers to collecting all recyclables, such as paper and plastics, into one stream. Materials are collected and disposed of together, to be sorted later at the recycling center.
Using just one collection bin for all of the recyclable materials can increase the ease and convenience of recycling and encourage businesses to participate. Single-stream also frees up a bin for composting materials. More importantly, single-stream recycling requires only one collection run, reducing the costs of collection as well as the associated pollution from collection vehicles.
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Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates
Examples of Single-Stream Recycling Providers in Boston
- City of Boston
- Casella Waste Systems
- Winchester Rubbish Removal and Recycling
- City of Cambridge
- City of Newton
- MBTA Single-Stream Recycling
- City of Boston: Request a Recycling Cart
- Recycling Statistics
- Waste360: Single-Stream Recycling
- MassDEP: Waste Ban Brochure 2014
In The News
- “McGlynn: Single Stream Recycling ‘Huge Success'” InsideMedford.com, April 2011
- “Casella Waste Unveils Single-Stream Recycling center in Boston” Waste360, September 2009