Remember when you needed to sort your recyclables based on material, such as newspaper, glass, paper and metal? Now the materials may be commingled in one bin for recycling. Trash companies and recyclers opted for what's called "single-stream recycling" for both convenience and to increase recycling. In comparison to "source-separated" recycling, the commingled system wins hands down. A Waste Management survey showed a 300 percent increase in recycling participation when people didn't have to sort. That's a big increase to reduce waste.
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