Minneapolis to Switch to Single-Stream Recycling

The city of Minneapolis is adopting single-stream recycling collection for its residents.

The city said in a news release that the changeover will take place sometime in 2013. Minneapolis officials conducted a study of the current multi-sort system, a dual-sort system and the single-stream option, and determined that the single-stream route would be the most cost-effective choice and the most convenient for customers.

Minneapolis officials expect the switch to improve the city’s recycling rate to 32 percent from its current 18.1 percent. Based on studies the city projects the amount of materials recovered to increase by 60 percent.

The city also is considering the collection of recycling from multi-unit dwellings and adding organics recycling.




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