Nobody wants their recycling to end up in a landfill. But that’s what often happens when recycling gets contaminated with items that cannot be recycled. That’s why we’ve created a line of recycling containers that help take the guesswork out of recycling – including multistream recycling bins featuring society-wide standardized labels from Recycle Across America. What’s even more exciting is that there soon may even be an app available called RecycleBot to eliminate any confusion someone may have about the recyclability of an item!
What is multistream recycling?
Multistream recycling is a process that separates recyclable materials into different categories for proper sorting. This process helps to ensure that each type of material is properly processed, making it easier to recycle and reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.
How is this different than single-stream recycling?
The traditional single-stream recycling process involves collecting all recyclables in one bin, which then goes to a recycling center where it’s sorted and processed. However, this method can lead to a high rate of contamination, where non-recyclable items are mixed in with recyclable materials. This reduces the quality of the recycled material which can make the entire load destined for the landfill.
How does multistream recycling limit contaminants?
Multi-stream recycling, on the other hand, separates recyclables into different categories, such as paper, plastic, glass, and metal. This helps to reduce contamination, as it makes it easier to identify and remove any impurities that might be mixed in with the recyclable materials.
For example, in a multi-stream recycling system, paper products would be collected in one bin, plastic in another, glass in a third, and metal in a fourth. Recycling centers can then more easily sort the materials and ensure that each type of material is properly processed.
There’s even an app for that!
Recently, high school student Tushar Mehta noticed how much garbage was piling up outside recycling bins and trash cans in his community in Allentown, Pennsylvania. That led him to create an app called RecycleBot that helps users know whether an item can be recycled or composted. The app provides information on recyclable materials and allows users to search for specific items to determine if they are recyclable. This can help people make informed decisions about what to recycle and reduce the amount of contamination in the recycling stream. His app was submitted to the Congressional App Challenge and he’ll be traveling to Washington D.C. in April to demo RecycleBot to Congress. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing this app widely available very soon!
Securr takes the guesswork out of recycling with standardized labels
To help reduce contamination, it's essential to educate people on what can be recycled and how to recycle correctly. That’s why we’ve created a full line of multistream recycle bins with society-wide standardized labels created by Recycle Across America. Clearly labeled recycling bins can encourage people to place only recyclable items in the proper bin, reducing the risk of contamination. Our ADA-compliant bins are available in several styles and levels of capacity and are made from heavy-gauge corrosion-resistant steel that won’t rust under any environmental circumstances. They come in several standard colors using a UV-resistant textured powder coat. Custom lettering and graphics are also available.
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