Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority in Pennsylvania recently hired a group of municipal solid waste consultants to study the associated costs and repercussions that would come along with switching to single stream recycling.
The findings from the study revealed drawbacks that were significant enough for the county to decide to stick with source separated recycling.
Centre Daily Times has more information:
After fielding questions from residents and public officials about why single-stream recycling isn’t offered in the county, the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority decided to hire a consultant to look into the benefits and drawbacks of switching.
MSW Consultants studied the associated costs and repercussions of the authority moving from its current source-separated method of curbside recycling to single stream.
Single-stream recycling is a collection system where recyclables — cardboard, paper, metal, glass, plastic bottles — are put in the same container at the curb. The container is tipped into the truck and then separated at the processing facility.