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Single stream recycling pilot targets businesses

Statement as issued Wednesday:

The Allen County Solid Waste Management District kicked off its pilot program for commercial single stream recycling this morning. Working in cooperation with Republic Services (formerly National Serv-all), businesses in the Edgewood Office Park will be able to utilize the convenience of putting recyclable materials into one container for pick up.

Beginning the week of August 20, Republic Services will begin providing containers for businesses to put mixed recycling into, similar to the method many people now use at home. Allen County Solid Waste Management District will use information gathered during the pilot to help determine a set of standards for commercial single stream recycling, and allow waste haulers to expand the service throughout the county.

“Businesses have been asking for this service, and it is the District’s goal to increase recycling by making it just as convenient to do so at work as it is at home.” said Tony Burrus, Director of Allen County Solid Waste District.

Putting mixed recyclables into one container will result in less trash production, saving landfill space and potentially reducing trash hauling costs. Manufacturing from recycled materials uses less energy and water to produce items like playground equipment, clothing, and new packaging and drink containers.

For more information about the program or businesses wanting to participate, please contact the Allen County Solid Waste Management District at 449-7878, or visit our website at www.acwastewatcher.org

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