Clean stream recycling programs are programs that have separate bins for recycling instead of just one bin for all types of recycling. There are many benefits behind a clean stream recycling program that can’t be ignored. Here are some of the top reasons to consider a clean stream recycling plan when implementing an office recycling program.
Quality of Recyclables
Stream clean made a big entrance into the world of recycling in the 90s. For some, the reason for a single stream plan made sense.
It would reduce consumer confusion as to which gins to use and would allow for more recycling. The problem is that even though a higher quantity of recycling comes in with single-stream programs, the quantity of what comes in is reduced because of contamination. In fact, single-stream recycling is known to increase contamination in recycling by up to 50%, meaning most of the items being recycled aren’t able to be used in the long run.
While it doesn’t get much easier than one single recycling container, the fact remains that it is not always the best way to produce the most successful results.
The value of the recycling products is greatly reduced when they are mixed together in one bin. The cleaner the recyclables are, the more likely they are to be successfully recycled instead of tossed in the landfill.
Because the ultimate goal of recycling is to see materials recycled over filling up landfills, it would make sense to implement the more efficient method with a higher success rate. In this case, that is the clean stream method.
For more information about implementing a clean stream commercial recycling program, contact Mission Recycle, a recycling company that works with you to find the best recycling methods for the most success.