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What is single-stream recycling?
Single-stream isn’t anything fancy. It simply refers to a new system that takes the two recycling “streams” collected through the Jonesville curbside program — mixed paper and commingled bins — and puts them together in one 65 gal Roll Out cart. Voila. Single-stream. Two 18 gal bins, now one 65 gal Roll out cart. It is still important to follow the same guidelines applied to the two-bin program, except you put the two streams together.

Why are we moving to single-stream?
Using just one larger collection mobile container for all your recyclable items increases the ease and convenience of recycling so that more people participate and more resources are saved. We’re making recycling easier for you — at home, at work and on the go.

Single-stream offers more efficient collections for the haulers who normally have to run two recycling routes to collect the two streams. This decreases the most costly part of recycling programs as well as the pollution from collection vehicles. More than 60% of what we currently place in our trash and eventually fill up our landfills can be recycled. Single Stream offers a more efficient way to do that.

State and city officials enacted laws mandating recycling and setting arbitrary goals for many states even higher than the E.P.A.'s—this includes NC. They estimate 75% of what Americans throw in the trash can be recycled. Currently NC has 23 major categories of items banned from landfills and another 10 on the way in 2011. Recycling is no longer a suggestion—it’s the law.

What are the potential advantages to single-stream?
Reduced sorting effort by residents may mean more recyclables are placed at the curb and more residents may participate in recycling
Reduced collection costs because single-compartment trucks are cheaper to purchase and operate, collection can be automated, and collection routes can be serviced more efficiently
Greater fleet flexibility which allows single compartment vehicles to be used for refuse or recycling, providing greater fleet flexibility and reducing the number of reserve vehicles needed
Participation and volume per household may increase and worker injuries may decrease because the switch to single stream is often accompanied by a switch from bins to cart-based collection Greater fleet flexibility which allows single compartment vehicles to be used for refuse or recycling, providing greater fleet flexibility and reducing the number of reserve vehicles needed.
Changing to single stream may provide an opportunity to update the collection and processing system and to add new materials to the list of recyclables accepted; more paper grades may be collected, including junk mail, telephone books, mixed residential paper and Cardboard.

When can I expect to receive by new Rollout Cart?
It is anticipated that the new rollout carts will be distributed by February 1, 2011. They will come with informational flyers attached to further explain the program and the date by which collection using the new 65 gallon rollout cart will begin.

What should I do with my current recycling bin(s)?
You may keep the current bins for your own personal use or you may put them out curbside to be recycled. If putting them out curbside, please attach a note saying that you would like to recycle the bin and the All Service Refuse driver will collect it.

Do I have to separate my recyclable materials?
No, under this program all accepted materials can be comingled together in the cart and no separation is necessary.

What materials will I be able to recycle under Single Stream?
Aluminum food and beverage containers
Glass food and beverage containers – brown, clear, or green
Ferrous (Iron) cans
PET plastic containers with the symbol #1 – with screw tops only, without caps
HDPE plastic containers with the symbol #2 – narrow neck containers only (milk and water bottles)
HDPE pigmented plastic containers with the symbol #2 – narrow neck containers only, without caps (detergent, shampoo bottles, etc.)
Plastics with symbols #3, #4, #5, #6, #7-narrow and screw top containers
Old corrugated cardboard
Cereal boxes
Telephone books
Printer paper
Copier paper
All other office paper without wax liners

What materials will I NOT be able to recycle under Single Stream?
Microwave trays
Coat hangers
Glass cookware/bake ware
Window or auto glass
Household items such as cooking pots, toasters, etc.
Light Bulbs
Plastics unnumbered
Plastic bags

Will my recycling collection day change?
No. Your day of service will remain the same Tuesday, however your service will be Bi-Weekly or every other Tuesday. See the calendar for clarification of your week of service.

Is there anything else I need to know before I can start single-stream recycling?
All glass containers must by empty and free of metal caps and rings and contain less than 5% food debris
All tin cans, bi-metal cans, and aluminum cans must be empty and contain less than 5% food debris
All aerosol cans must be empty with less than 5% content
All plastic containers must be empty, caps removed; less than 5% food debris
All Fiber must be dry and free of food debris and other contaminating material
Tissues, paper towels or other paper that has been in contact with food is not acceptable

***This is an automated process where the driver does not get out of the vehicle Recyclables outside of the Roll Out carts will not be collected.

Am I responsible for this new Roll out cart?
Yes, you are responsible to maintain the cart in good condition. The Town of Jonesville will only repair or replace carts that are damaged as a result of their collection process or due to wear and tear over time. Residents should report any collection process damage immediately and directly to the Town. Residents may purchase a replacement cart directly from the Town.

The 65 Gallon Roll out Cart
All carts will be Blue and will be delivered to your home. These carts can be filled with accepted recyclable materials only and not used for trash. When putting the cart out for collection, the lid should always be in the closed position to protect from rain or other contamination.

Where do I place my recycle Cart? (Proper Placement)
The cart should be placed within three feet (3’) of the edge of road. The front of the cart (side with bar) must be facing the road so that the mechanical arm of the truck can pick up your cart.

Where should I NOT place my recycle Cart? (Proper Placement)
It is important that the carts be placed curbside properly. The cart MUST be (‘3) away from mail boxes, poles, your trash containers etc. in order for you cart to be service safely and properly by the automated arm. The driver will not exit the collection truck to make carts accessible for collection. To that end, if they are not placed correctly, they will not be collected.

Are other communities using single-stream recycling?
Yes. Other communities diverting 50%, 60%, even 70% of their waste from the landfill has achieved these goals in part by switching to single-stream. Some of the communities throughout the US currently using single-stream include San Francisco, Toronto, Denver, Tucson, San Jose, Philadelphia and Dallas. Locally, the City of Winston Salem, Rockingham County, Forsyth County, the City of Concord, the City of Kannapolis, the Town of Elkin and the Town of Jonesville have all stood up or are exploring ways to stand up Single Stream curbside recycling.




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