Minneapolis single-stream expansion hits second phase

Minneapolis single-stream expansion hits second phase

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Minneapolis is continuing its expansion of its single-stream recycling collection program, which will eventually encompass every single-family household in the city.

The city's Department of Public Works has begun Phase 2 of the program by sending out 80,000 One Sort carts to single-family households, reports MinnPost. The program began last fall, with an initial 30,000 of the 95-gallon carts being delivered to households. The online newspaper reports that during the program's first six weeks, collection of recycled material increased by 63 percent.

Under the old system, according to MinnPost, only 18 percent of households participated in the recycling program. Under the new system, the materials allowed in the bin were expanded as well, to include plastic containers Nos. 1 through 7 as well as cartons.

The $9 million overhaul of the city's recycling collection program is expected to be completed in June.

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