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Top Recommendations  - How Can We Improve Single Stream Recycling?

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Single Stream Recycling

Top Recommendations  - How Can We Improve Single Stream Recycling?

At the recent WasteWise Forum held at E.L. Harvey’s materials recovery facility (MRF)  in Westborough Massachusetts, 6 experts presented their efforts to improve the quality of single stream recycling, as well as, successfully diverting source separated materials.

Presenters included:

  • Ben Harvey, E. L. Harvey
  • Brooke Nash, Massachusetts Deepartment of Environmental Protection
  • Suzanne Wood, UMass Medical School
  • Karen Franczyk, Whole Foods Market North Atlantic Region
  • John Lively, Preserve Products 
  • Roger Beliveau, Stop & Shop 

The presenters reviewed their efforts and experiences in improving single stream recycling and improving the diversion of source separated materials.  5 Key highlights included:

  1. Keeping contaminants out of the recycling bin. Top challenges include plastic bags, shrink wrap, “Tanglers,” food and liquid waste, and textiles.  (Who is trying to recycle textiles?!)
  2. Working closely with waste and recycling service providers
  3. Developing clear communication and signage, and training staff well 
  4. Sourcing separate other recyclable materials
  5. Continually reevaluating recycling programs

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