Single Stream Recycling Composition
Single stream recycling is a new concept in many areas of the United States.
Proponents point to its convenience and cost saving capabilities. Detractors
voice concerns over contamination of recyclable material, especially when
combined with a volume based disposal system. To determine the how well
this newly implemented system was working, Cranberry Township conducted a
physical sort of single stream recycling material from its automated
routes. The sort served a threefold purpose. First, it provided the Township
with accurate documentation of the composition, by weight and volume, of
materials actually collected from its residential households. Second, it offered
a clear picture of the sources and degree of residual contamination in the
Township’s recycling stream. Lastly, it demonstrated the areas in need of focus
for the Township’s educational efforts
Nestor Resources, Inc. established the criteria and provided oversight of the
project; assisted during the actual sort; compiled the data and provided an
analyses of the findings.
Read the results of the recycling composition study.