Friday, November 30, 2007

Recycling: "Single Stream" may flow better

Although last week's pickup (or lack thereof) was disappointing, I hope things are about to take a turn for the better. Although I haven't seen much in the mainstream press on this story, Baltimore City is launching a new "Single Stream Recycling" initiative on January 8, 2008. I have heard that City residents are supposed to be getting a mailing describing the program, but I haven't gotten anything in the mail, have you? I was able, however, to pull together the following facts:
  • All recyclables—paper, cardboard, glass bottles, plastic bottles and jars (with 1 – 7 on the bottom), metal, aluminum, and tin cans—will go into one container, on the same day.
  • Plastic bags will no longer be acceptable for recyclables.
  • Recycling will no longer be collected on Mondays. Your current paper recycling collection day will become your new single stream recycling collection day.
  • Single stream recycling will be collected on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays through Fridays; depending on your recycling zone.
  • You have 3 options for setting out single stream recycling: (1) purchase and use a recycling bin; (2) use a container of choice that is clearly marked as recycling material; (3) or use a cardboard box.
As for that last bullet, if you choose to use an official Recycling Bin, the City will be offering them at half price during these "kick-off" events:

December 15, 2007, 10am–2pm
Baltimore Polytechnic,
1400 W. Cold Spring Ln.
Montebello Elem.,
2040 E. 32nd St.

Patterson H.S.,
100 Kane St.

Edmondson-Westside Skill Ctr.,
501 Athol Ave.

December 16, 2007, 10am–2pm
Northwestern High School,
6900 Park Heights Ave.

But remember, you don't have to use this bin, as long as your container "is clearly marked as recycling material." So, a cardboard box and a sharpie, works just fine, too. You can find out more about the Single Stream Recycling initiative at Cleaner Greener Baltimore.


scepter66 said...

hey , sue, thanks for all the good info. i don't know how you do it. how do you keep up with all these things and get so much info? but thanks for taking the time to post it for the rest of us.
maybe this new schedule will get me to be a more responsible recycler. up until now i just usually do cardboard/paper. the bottles and cans just seem so nasty to have sitting around. but maybe i'll go get a couple of those containers and start trying to sort the bottles and cans too.

Sue J said...

Yay for recycling!

I'm happy to publicize this, because its really important. Baltimore City trash goes to a landfill, and there it will sit for hundreds of years. (Those blue plastic bags literally take 100 years to decompose ... yikes!)

The more we can re-use and recycle, the less that goes into the landfill. BUT it really does need to be easy for us to do it, so I am really glad that Baltimore City is trying this new system.

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