Four thousand Rochester residences will be given big wheeled toters into which occupants can toss all recyclable materials for curbside pickup under a city pilot program that should increase the recycling rate.
They will be the first in Monroe County to be able to take full advantage of what's known as single-stream recycling. Single stream, which is new here but common in other communities, usually leads to a marked increase in the recycling rate.
"It's exciting news," Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said as she announced the pilot program at a news conference Friday morning. "Single stream is yet another way that we are becoming an innovative city, making recycling easy and delivering services in a cost effective way."