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Single Stream vs 'Segregation At Source' Recycling

Advantages of Segregation at Source Recycling

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There are two primary ways to collect household recycling: single stream and segregation at source. Both of these methods pose unique benefits and trade-offs.

Recycling is a process in which valuable flow from collection to an end user, who make the materials into new products. This flow of materials is often called the recycling “stream.” In single-stream recycling, mixed recyclable materials travel together (separately from rubbish) in one stream to a sorting facility.

There is documented evidence that a significantly greater amount of recycling can be collected if the segregation is made simple. I.e. The decision is a basic choice between land fill and dry mixed recyclable. This makes single stream recycling most preferred system for local council bin collection services.

To cater for this needs Recycling Bins Direct have introduced the Meridian recycling bin, with a 70/30 split. This is aimed at encouraging the segregation of dry recyclables away from landfill waste but also gives the opportunity to put all recyclables in one bin.

Source separated recycling, on the other hand, is where the user separates materials by type at the point of recycling, so they are already separated before they are collected. For example, there may be separate streams of metal, glass, paper, and plastic; or there may be one stream for paper and one for mixed containers. Source separated recycling may also be called sorted stream recycling or dual stream recycling.

There is also less potential contamination of recyclables (for example, left over liquids do not spill on paper and broken pieces of glass do not mix in with other items). Source separated recycling also does not rely as heavily on expensive sorting technology or manual labour.

For this recycling system Recycling Bins Direct offer the Envirostack stacking bins where three or four individual waste streams are handled in close proximity.

Throughout the UK there is a trend back towards recycling segregation at source especially in commercial, retail and higher education sectors, flying in the face of trends in household recycling where less than 42% of England’s household waste is segregated at source as recyclables.

However, every user prefers their own way of recycling so, why don’t you to explore your recycling options, and let us know what you find!

A wide selection of plastic, recyclable, recycling bins with WRAP compliant labels is available from Recycling Bins Direct. See them all at www.recyclingbins-direct.co.uk.

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