New ARF Report: Curbside Recycling Collection Options

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Curbside recycling collection programs began in the 1970’s as an offspring of the environmental movement. Today, 53 percent of the US population participates in curbside recycling services (approximately 158 million persons living in 62.7 million households). Furthermore, 90 percent of them participate in single-stream recycling.

Single-stream recycling refers to a system in which all paper fibers, plastics, metals, and other containers are mixed in a collection truck. One downside to single-stream recycling has been an increase in contamination. One major reason for this is the lidded design of recycling carts, which prevent their contents from being inspected.

A new report by the Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) Applied Research Foundation (ARF), Curbside Recycling Collection Options, compares and evaluates dual-stream recycling options against single-stream.

The full report, Curbside Recycling Collection Options, is available free to ARF Foundation Collection Group subsribers. The report will be available for purchase to members and the general public in October, 2021.

The Executive Summary to this report can be accessed by filling out the Contact Form.