The charge of the Single Stream Recycling Review Committee is to explore the benefits of single stream recycling, along with the drawbacks, identifying the costs associated with modifying the Town’s existing recycling system to single stream, the profit/loss in the sale of the recycled items, and the possible convenience to the patrons of the Waste Management Facility.
According to Wikipedia , "Single-stream (also known as “fully commingled” or "single-sort") recycling refers to a system in which all paper fibers, plastics, metals, and other containers are mixed in a collection truck, instead of being sorted by the depositor into separate commodities (newspaper, paperboard, corrugated fiberboard, plastic, glass, etc.) and handled separately throughout the collection process. In single-stream, both the collection and processing systems are designed to handle this fully commingled mixture of recyclables, with materials being separated for reuse at a materials recovery facility"
Anyone that uses the Transfer Station will appreciate the bottlenecks and labor intensive process currently in place, much of it due to the physical layout of the facility, and having to cross the access road to deposit various types of disposables. Single stream recycling should greatly improve throughput and customer convenience as well as safety.
Currently, we are budgeted for approximately $36k in recyclable revenue, but due to the depressed commodity prices, we expect only about $18-20K for 2015.
Single stream recycling will increase the types of plastic that can be recycled from two currently to seven.
The proposal will require a minimal investment of $75K for two new compactors and we will apply for grant funding from NH the Beautiful for up to 50% of the cost. Initially, if approved, one of the current compactors will be used for recyclables and the other for normal household waste. The current glass recycle shed will be removed and the shed possibly reused elsewhere. This is proposed to begin on January 1st. The two new compactors would be purchased later in 2016 and plan to have them operational for the summer season. I suggested that longer range planning should include looking at the reclaimed landfill to improve traffic flow and to look at our present Capital Reserve Funds for possible use in financing the new equipment.
A vote on the proposal is expected at the next business meeting October 1st.