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POLL: Will New Single Stream Recycling Encourage You To Recycle More?

On Monday, Middletown transitioned to single stream recycling, permitting ALL recyclables to go to the curb in the same container.

As Middletown residents clean up from Fourth of July celebrations, they will be freed from sorting recyclables.

On Monday, the township transitioned to single stream recycling, which means all permitted recyclable materials can be put into the same containers. No more collecting glass, plastic and metal containers for one pick-up, and newspapers and cardboard for another pick-up weeks later. The materials will be sorted for reuse at a recovery facility.

Recyclables will still be collected twice a month, but residents can put all their recyclables out at once, said Mayor Anthony Fiore in a press release.

The switch to single stream recycling is part of new garbage and recycling collection contracts with Republic Service/Marpal Disposal and Future Sanitation. According to Fiore, the five-year contracts will save the township nearly $500,000 compared to the previous contracts.

“It’s a real win-win situation. Under the new contract the township will be able to reduce costs and increase services,” said Fiore. “In addition to the convenience and environmental factors, single stream recycling will make the collection process more efficient, cut costs and generate new revenues.”

With single stream recycling, all cans, plastic containers, bottles, jars, cardboard, newspapers, office papers and mixed papers (junk mail, magazines, coupon inserts) can be placed into the same containers, weighing up to 50 lbs.

There is no change to the collection schedule. All recyclables will be collected twice a month based on the existing schedule by zone, said Public Works and Engineering Director Ted Maloney.

The Kanes Lane drop-off recycling center does not yet accept mixed recyclables, so materials brought to these locations must be separated. For details, visit the Public Works Dept. website.

“I encourage everyone to recycle as much possible. The more we reduce what we send to the landfill means more savings on disposal fees. It also means greater revenues from the sale of the recyclables collected,” said Mayor Fiore.

Tell us in the comments if you think single stream recycling will encourage more participation by members of your household in the recycling effort, and if you will put more things out for collection. 

patty July 05, 2012 at 11:49 AM
This should encourage more people to recycle. I applaud the local government for implementing more efficent and cost saving methods. I recently read that the town is looking into options to share garbage collection with the schools to save money. Most of the property tax revenue in town goes to the schools (over 60 cents of every dollar). The remainder is split between the county and the local municipality. If ease of recycling makes more people participate, generates revenue and helps the environment, it is a win win for all!
Mike in Leonardo July 05, 2012 at 11:58 AM
I like this idea, think it is great actually b/c going to Kanes Lane sometimes is such a hassle b/c people are sometimes strewn all over the place, parking becomes a nightmare, etc, However what I woudl also prefer the township do is address with Fiore about the "people" and I use the term loosely that they have working for them. How hard is it to put a friggin garbage can back where you found it??? Or at least close to where you found it, BY THE CURB!!! When I put my garbage out and my recycling out I do not put my containers 6' off the curb or directly at the entrance to my drive way yet, when my wife comes home from work, that is exactly where we find them. I have been home and WATCHED them on collection day and gone outside to try and politely address the issue to where I have been responded to with laughter (probably because they dont understand English), given a wave off with a hand or rudely gestured to or completely ignored altogether. And it is not just me, almost everyone on my street I live on in Leonardo and the surrounding streets you see the same thing. Yes, I know that they have a schedule to maintain but a little courtesy and respect for other peoples property wouldn't hurt or slow them down.
John S. July 05, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Big problem is that there is no enforcement of the so called "Mandatory" recycling, so here in Leonardo I'd guess less than 5% of the people are recycling. I don't see the single stream getting these scofflaws to conform. Enforcement, enforcement, enforcement! If Fair Have can do it, why can't we?
H. Clark July 05, 2012 at 09:34 PM
i cannot possibly recycle any more than I already do. Why don't people understand it is a income for our town? and less in the landfill? However, i would love to follow the truck and see what happens to this mixture when it reaches it's destination. Do we still have to separate if we bring to Kanes Lane? And why is it that we can recycle everything else but we cannot leave the plastic bags there in the container to be recycled. In case the town is not aware- there is a huge effort to recycle plastic bags!!!
Ken July 06, 2012 at 09:47 PM
After just a few weeks of service from Marpal disposal, I hate them already...They did a crappy job before and now we will have to suffer again...The previous company did a great job for us...Marpal refused to empty one of my garbage cans this Monday...maybe because it had a cardboard box in it ...I'm not sure why....Is this what we have to look forward to?

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