Single Stream Pilot Participants Q & A

The following questions are for residents currently participating in the Pilot Program. If you do not live on a pilot program street, please disregard this page and refer to the general Q & A.

When will my first pick up be?

The residents will continue to have their recyclables picked up on a Friday B week schedule. Their first pick up date will be Friday October 3rd and will be every other Friday thereafter.

How should I put out my Single Stream Cart?

Please wheel you cart to the curb in the same manner as your rubbish cart. Please place your carts at least 3 feet apart at the curb to allow for easier pickup for the collection crew.

How is this better than my old way of recycling?

Simply put, the Single Stream method requires no sorting of recyclables on the part of the resident —it’s a method that allows residents to put all of their household recycling in to one cart and is easier and more convenient.

What if I like using the small blue bin, can I continue to use it?

Within the pilot area DPW will not pick-up recycling put out at the curb in the bins. We ask that they use the new cart and adhere to the every-other-week pickup schedule. The DPW will collect any blue bins on the date of your cart delivery (September 20th). Please place empty blue bins on the curb by 7am on that date.

Will my recycling pickup schedule change?

No. Recycling will continue to be collected every other week on your scheduled day.

What items go in the new 95 gallon Single Stream Cart?

The new service will allow you to recycle all of your current items which include

  1. Paper:
    Office paper (plain or color paper, envelopes, stationery, sticky notes)
    Junk mail (inserts, magazines, catalogs, ad circulars, etc)
    Boxboard (food box packaging like cereal boxes- flatten to conserve space)
    Corrugated cardboard (flatten to conserve space)
  2. Aluminum:
    Food cans (labels OK)
    Soda cans
  3. Rigid Plastics:
    Jugs and bottles with recycle symbol # 1-7 (check bottom)
    Round tubs such as yogurt and butter tubs with symbol 1 through 7
    Small plastic food packaging such as fruit cups and baby food containers
  4. Glass:
    Bottles or jars, any color glass (rinsed and dry)

What items cannot go in the cart? Why not?

We cannot take disposable plastic bags, ovenable meat trays, or Styrofoam- in any form (take out containers, egg cartons, packaging). or broken glass. Why not? The recycling processing facility uses an automated system to sort and bale the recyclables. Plastic bags, for instance, will jam the automated machinery. Residents can take their plastic bags to some grocery stores, and place in their containers for recycling. You are encouraged to ask for paper bags during shopping or opt for the cloth/mesh reusable bags. We cannot take plastic disposable meat trays, pizza boxes, or Styrofoam (in any form- takeout containers, egg cartons, packing materials) because of contamination.

Do I need to clean items before putting them in the cart?

Your recyclables should be rinsed of food residue. All paper put into the cart must be dry.

How big is the recycling cart?

Your new cart will be the 95-gallon size cart.

What if all my recycling doesn't fit in the cart?

For those instances where customers generate extra recycling they can place their recyclables in a reusable container and place it next to their recycling cart. Be sure to “break down” or flatten boxboard and corrugated cardboard so that it fits more easily into the cart.

What residents are within the pilot area?

Please refer to the list of streets below to see if you are in the pilot area. All participating residents will receive a letter and information in the mail within the next week.

Single Stream Pilot Streets

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Page last updated:  Wednesday, July 31, 2013 09:36 am