Single Stream vs. Dual Stream Collection (1.5 CEUs)
Thursday, August 23
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Moderator: Dylan De Thomas, VP of Industry Collaboration, The Recycling Partnership
Since the 1990’s, single-stream recycling has been the trend as more and more communities, large and small, sought to improve recycling rates and reduce collection costs. The reduction in product quality is often recognized but offset by the improved recycling rate. But now, increasing demand for better quality output and the increasing costs to meet that demand may suggest it’s time to take a new look at the viability of single-stream operations. What will be the most effective operations in the future? Are there ways to adapt a fully-committed single-stream operation into another collection system? Are the costs of such a change justifiable, or unavoidable?