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Recyclables Jump 20% after Switch to Single Stream

CPMFG_LOGOThe solid waste department in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, saw a 20 percent jump in recyclables coming in after converting from dual-stream recycling to single-stream recycling, Forester Daily News reports. CP Manufacturing designed and installed the single-stream sorting system.

Before the switch, the facility only accepted plastics 1 and 2, metal and aluminum, but afterward the facility began taking plastics 1 to 7, except number 6, which is Styrofoam. The facility now accepts empty aerosol bottles and orange juice aseptic containers as well.

A big benefit to the new system is the efficiency improvements along the truck routes. Because the plastic compartments would fill up so much faster than the paper compartments, trucks would have to come off their routes half full. With a single stream system, that is no longer an issue.

CP Manufacturing recycling equipment is designed to be accessible for maintenance or cleaning, with covers and guards designed to be easily removed for servicing and minimal down time.

The CP Screen can be used for both municipal solid waste processing and single stream, and the system’s rubber cam-style discs are engineered to have consistent spacing at all points at all times so they are highly resistant to jamming and wrapping while keeping maintenance costs low.

A Florida county increased its recycling by more than 50 percent after switching from dual residential recycling collections to single-stream recycling last year.

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3 thoughts on “Recyclables Jump 20% after Switch to Single Stream

  1. Our offices are located in Mecklenburg County, and although we’ve always complied with the recycling laws, over the years we’ve noticed that many neighbors in our industrial park have not. Single stream recycling makes it easier for both households and businesses to recycle so it’s no surprise that recycling in Mecklenburg are up by 1/5.

  2. It’s giving residents carts that leads to the increased participation, not encouraging them to mix paper with containers. When we went to dual-stream carts, we saw a similar (25%) increase in tonnage.

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