Recycling is very important for our environment because it allows us to re-use materials rather than filling up landfills with products that release harmful chemicals and gasses. It also reduces our need to acquire more raw materials from cherished places like rainforests. Originally, the recycling process required participants to separate their materials at home or their place of business before putting them out to be picked up.
While this system was somewhat effective, a newer system of recycling called single-stream recycling has a number of benefits and has taken the recycling community by storm. Single-stream recycling was introduced in the late 1990s in California and has since spread across the United States. Under the previous dual-stream system, end users were required to separate food and beverage containers into one bin and paper into another. Collection trucks had multiple compartments to separate each type of recyclable material as well.
With the single-stream recycling system, all recyclable materials are placed into a single bin which is collected by a truck with a single compartment and then delivered to a Materials Recovery Facility where it is sorted out mechanically and by hand.
Benefits of Single-Stream Recycling
- Reduced Sorting Effort – Residential recyclers can place all their recyclable materials into one container which is placed on the curb and picked up for them. Since it is easier to recycle, more residents participate in the program.
- Reduced Collection Costs – It is cheaper to produce and maintain single-compartment trucks which means collection costs are lower than with dual-stream recycling.
- More Materials Are Recycled – The single-stream recycling system allows for more materials to be recycled, including more paper grades like mixed paper and telephone books.
Single-Stream Recycling in South Dakota
RBS Sanitation offers residential trash removal services to residents in the Chancellor, Lennox, Parker, Sioux Falls and Tea areas. We are proud to offer bi-weekly pickup for single-stream recyclables and are happy to answer any questions you may have at 605-647-5371. Read more about our recycling services including a list of recyclable items.