Green Term Defined: Single-stream recycling

Green Term Defined: Single-stream recycling

Single-stream recycling is a process or system where all paper, plastics, metals, cardboard, glass, and trash goes into the same can and is sorted by the facility into separate commodities. In other words, it takes all the reasons for not recycling everything that is recyclable out of the equation.

Harrisonburg single stream recyclingsingle stream recycling plastics

Single-stream puts all the work for the recycling process to the facility operator and not the household. This raises the recycling rate per household. The systems were first used in the 1990s in California and now have facilities across the country.

single stream

Material recovery facilities (MRFs) continue to evolve and get better efficiency as technology improves. They are not completely automated, but it is getting closer.

DSC00235single stream recycling

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Related Posts

Harrisonburg Architect named in top 100 for 2024

Harrisonburg Architect named in top 100 for 2024

Charles Hendricks Recognized as one of the 100 top Architects of 2024  Fixr.com recently revealed its annual ...
Project Update: Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center

Project Update: Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center

The Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center is heading into the final weeks of construction for phase 1. ...
Elk Rock Meadow Craftsman Home is Taking Shape

Elk Rock Meadow Craftsman Home is Taking Shape

The Elk Rock Meadow Craftsman home is taking shape! This two-story craftsman home on a partial basement sits on a ...
2024 Best of the Valley – we need your help, vote daily

2024 Best of the Valley – we need your help, vote daily

The 2024 Best of the Valley Best Architectural and Interior Design firms have been announced and we are in the Top ...