Sorting Recyclables

Sorting Your Recyclables

Recyclable materials must be kept separate from your trash. If they are mixed in with your garbage, they will end up buried in a landfill. The question that many people have is how do they sort or manage their recyclable items. The answer depends on where your recyclables ultimately go. Whether you self-transport your recyclables to a recycling center or if they are picked up curbside by a hauler, how you are required to sort them depends on what facility they are going to.

There are 3 ways that recyclables are sorted; Single Stream, Dual Stream or Source Separated

Single Stream (also called Zero Sort)

For recycling centers that accept recyclable materials "single stream" or haulers that transport to a "single stream" facility, this means that their customers may commingle all their recyclable items in one recycle bin...Glass, Plastic, Metal, Paper and Cardboard may all be mixed together in one bin. These items are separated out, generally using an automated process, at the recycling facility. St. Lawrence County transfer stations , Lewis County transfer stations and some waste haulers accept recyclables single stream.

Dual Stream

For recycling centers that accept recyclable materials as "dual stream" or haulers that transport to a "dual stream" facility, this means that their customers must use 2 bins for sorting recyclables. One bin for Glass, Plastic and Metal and another bin for Paper and Cardboard. There are no transfer stations in our region currently accepting recyclables dual stream.

Source Separated

For recycling centers that accept recyclable materials as "source separated" or haulers that transport to a "source separated" facility, this means that their customers must use a separate recycle bin for each material the recycling center accepts. Jefferson County transfer stations accept recyclables source separated and has 5 different sorts.  A different recycle bin is needed for each material; Glass, Plastic, Metal, Mixed Paper and Corrugated Cardboard / Paperboard.

If your recyclables are picked up curbside by a hauler, you will need to check with that hauler on how you are required to sort your recyclables.  It is dependent on where your hauler is taking their collected recyclables for processing.


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