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Why is it called Single Stream Recycling?

Single stream simply refers to the common mixed recycling system that allows for paper, cardboard, plastic, and metal cans to be collected together in a single recycling container. The term single stream comes from the difference between this system and a multi-stream system where different types of materials must be sorted into individual bins: one for paper, one for plastics, and another for metals.

For a list of accepted materials, visit the City’s single stream recycling web page. Remember, GLASS IS NOT ACCEPTED in single stream in our region, so be sure to separate that out. It can be recycled for free 24/7 at the Durango Recycle Center. For this reason, some people refer to Durango’s system as dual-stream, but that can be unnecessarily confusing.

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1. Why is it called Single Stream Recycling?
2. Is single stream better than multi-stream sorted recycling?
3. Should I put my recyclables in a bag before I place them in my single stream recycling container?
4. Why aren’t plastic bags and film accepted in single stream recycling, and how can I recycle my plastic bags?
5. Why isn’t glass accepted in single stream recycling, and how can I recycle my glass?
6. I live in an apartment building or other type of multi-unit building; can I use the City’s recycling system?
7. I am a county resident; can I use the City of Durango for my trash and recycling collections?
8. What happens to my recycling after it is collected?
9. My trash or recycling wasn’t collected, what happened?
10. What does an overfill charge on my bill mean?
11. My container or dumpster lid is broken and not closing properly, can you fix it?
12. Are trash and recycling still collected during winter storms?
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