SMM Web Academy - Single Stream Recycling: The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Many have touted the successes in increasing participation and the amount of material collected by switching to single stream recycling, where all materials, paper, glass, plastic and metals are put in one bin. Others have criticized single stream for the amount of contamination it causes in the materials collected and the large amount of contamination, especially from broken glass it causes to the recyclables, causing a lot of the material collected to be landfilled or sold at a lower price. This webinar will have three experts in single stream recycling discuss in a debate style format the pros and cons of this recycling system and offer tips on how to run an effective program.
- Richard Gertman, Principal, Cascadia Consulting Group, brings over 40 years of experience in the solid waste management field, developing and implementing innovative source reduction, recycling, composting, and market development programs; designing materials recovery facilities; assisting communities in the procurement of collection and processing services; conducting workshops; preparing reports on methods to increase efficiency in collection and processing of recyclable materials; and developing and analyzing innovative rate structures to accomplish program goals. Throughout his professional career, Richard has served in a range of capacities—municipal program planner, government policymaker, hauler and consultant.
Going Green Single Stream (PDF) (24 pp, 308K, About PDF)
- Jennifer Grace, Regional Supply Chain Manager, Strategic Materials, Inc., has been with Strategic Materials for over a year. She is responsible for acquiring glass for the Northeast and Midwest plants. Prior to joining SMI, she bought synthetic rubber and recycled rubber crumb for Goodyear in Akron. She is a graduate of the University of Akron.
Single Stream Glass Contamination (PDF) (6 pp, 947K, About PDF)
- Jim Marcinko, Waste Management Recycle America, Area Recycling Operations Director, is currently responsible for operations of 6 recycling processing facilities throughout Maryland and Virginia and is focused on the oversight of the daily management and productivity of the sites. There are approximately 300 employees working within the 6 recycling processing facilities on a daily basis. Processing volume is 55,000 tons per month combined for the 6 facilities. Jim has been with WM Recycle America since 1993 and has 18 years experience in the Solid Waste and Recycling industry. Jim is a graduate of Towson State University.
Comparison of Green House Gas Impacts (PDF) (38 pp, 547K, About PDF)