Single Stream VS Dual Stream Recycling

Date: 26 Mar 2019 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Single Stream: Single stream recycling dumps all recyclables in one cart, hauls it away in compaction trucks that break and smash the materials together, and then unloads it at large scale, heavily automated – marginally effective – processing centers which are only capable of producing bales contaminated as much as 30% and lowers the market value of recovered resources.

Dual Stream: Dual stream recycling collects paper separately from other mixed materials, which makes processing less complicated and expensive and produces clean materials for markets.

 

 

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Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Recycling and Economic Growth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and is a member of ILSR's Board of Directors.