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Single-stream recycling is coming to Reno

By July 28, 2013

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Reno has long had a curbside recycling program that required residents to separate out recycleable from regular trash, then place it in bins for pickup. That system will soon go away and be replaced by single-stream recycling.

Single-stream recycling relieves customers of the need to separate glass, paper, plastic, etc. Instead, everything that is acceptable for recycling will go in one cart, trash and garbage in another. On pickup day, you just roll both carts out to the street. Recycleable items will be separated at a facility operated by Waste Management, the purveyor of trashy things in the Truckee Meadows.

The new system is to be implemented in the City of Reno by the end of 2013. An exact schedule has yet to be announced. Meanwhile, residents are asked to visit the Waste Management website and choose which of four pairs of carts they want to use. They range from small to large, as does the monthly service fee. Get details about this upcoming change in garbage service from my "Single-Stream Recycling in Reno" article.

Single-stream recycling will not be available to residents of Sparks or the unincorporated areas of Washoe County. It is likely coming in the future, however, once contractual arrangements are made between Waste Management and those government entities.

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