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Q: My Bin is full and I have more recyclables, what should I do?

A. DON'T STOP RECYCLING! Here are some ideas to recycle more when your bin is full:
- Call your city and ask for extra bins
- Put the extra Recyclables in a clear bag next to your recycle bin.
- Make your own bin from an old receptacle of some sort (cardboard box) Check with your local recycling hauler to make sure they will accept the new bin & weight restrictions.
- Be sure to mark on the outside of the bin "Recyclables"

Visit www.in-the-bin.com to print your own labels to apply to your alternate recycling bin.

Q: Let's start with the basics - What is single-stream recycling?

A. Single-stream isn't anything fancy. It simply refers to a system that takes the two recycling "streams" collected through a curbside program - mixed paper and commingled containers "- and puts them together in one bin. Voila. Single-stream. Two bins, now one. It is still important to follow the same guidelines applied to the two-bin program, except you put the two streams together.

Q: Why single-stream?

A. Using just one collection bin for all your recyclable items increases the ease and convenience of recycling so that more people participate and more resources are saved. We're making recycling easier for you at home, at work and on the go.

  • Single-stream offers more efficient collections for the haulers who normally have to run two recycling routes to collect the two streams.
  • Decreases the most costly part of recycling programs as well as the pollution from collection vehicles.
  • Opens a bin up for collecting compostable materials like food scraps and yard waste.

    Q: But I don't mind sorting my materials. Isn't it better for recycling if we separate them like we've been doing?

    A. We hear you. Society has been addicted to sorting, too. But even those of us long-term recyclers who got to participate in a pilot single stream program in 2006 found they became hooked on the new single-stream system once they tried it. The machinery used to process your recyclables is designed to do the separation so you don't have to. We have a vested interest to recycle everything possible, and the machinery helps us do this. It is always good for recycling when the materials are properly sorted at "the source&, a.k.a. your home, school or office. And, sorting is still critical in that you make absolutely sure you're recycling only the items accepted. It is also good for recycling if ever-increasing amounts of material are kept out of the landfill and sold in good clean condition to the remanufacturing companies that make new products from recycled material. Single-stream helps to increase this volume of materials.

    Q: Doesn't this lower the value of the materials, and won't there be a lot of contamination?

    A. Not necessarily. One of the concerns associated with single-stream recycling is that one bin tends to encourage people to suddenly put EVERYTHING that seems recyclable in it. That's why we need YOU to help demonstrate that a community full of educated, conscientious recyclers can make single-stream recycling a success. Download the latest guidelines of acceptables and check out our list of worst contaminants to help us keep these problem items out.

    Q: Won't the paper get wet if I recycle my commingled containers with the paper? Doesn't that make the paper non-recyclable?

    A. The mills expect some moisture in the paper they buy from us, so it's not a problem. As always, we do ask that you empty all your containers to keep food contamination out of your bin. But moisture will not ruin the paper. Part of the recycling process for remanufacturing paper includes water, so it is not a contaminant.

    Q: Are there new materials with the program?

    A. Yes. Plastics recycling guidelines have also changed. In most cases, these new changes will be rolled out with the single-stream recycling program. Learn more about our new plastics recycling program for all #1 - 7 plastic bottles and tubs. We will always strive to improve the type of materials we accept.

    Q: Do I have to rinse containers?

    A. We encourage everyone to rinse all containers; however, material will not be rejected if it has not been rinsed.