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Kalamazoo, Mich., Readies for Single Stream Recycling

The city recently signed a 10-year, $4.59 million contract with Republic Services.

The city of Kalamazoo, Mich., is the latest community planning to make the switch to single stream recycling.

It recently signed a 10-year, $4.59 million contract with Republic Services, which is facilitating the move. The city will begin its single stream program on October 1.

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“I think it’s going to make things a lot easier for the homeowners and we feel strongly that should increase the amount of recycling,” says Kalamazoo Public Services Director James Baker.

Though single-stream gets more people to recycle, it also sends more recyclables to the landfill then dual-stream recycling. That’s according to the Container Recycling Institute, which studies recycling programs.

The nonprofit group says as things like paper and cardboard mix with food containers and other materials, they become too dirty to use.

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