Single stream recycling refers to a system that does not require the sorting and separation of recyclable materials. In single stream recycling, both the collection and processing systems are designed to handle fully commingled mixtures of recyclables. Using single stream recycling means that all recyclable materials are placed into one bin for collection by a single truck, including paper, plastics, cardboard, glass, aluminum, metals and more. Recyclables are then transported to a materials recovery facility, or MRF, where they are separated, sorted and sold for reuse.
Single stream recycling makes it almost as easy to use a recycling bin as it is to use a trash can, leading to increased participation and moving communities closer to zero waste and 100 percent diversion. In addition to reducing the sorting efforts of residents, single stream recycling also creates a safer and simpler way to process recyclables. McLanahan Corporation provides materials recovery facilities for accurate separation. These systems can cut maintenance costs, increase automation and maximize up-time for facilities utilizing single stream recycling.