One-sort residential recycling resumes rollout in Minneapolis on Earth Day
One-sort recycling, where customers combine their glass, plastic, paper, aluminum and cardboard into one container when putting them out for collection, continues rolling out from Earth Day today through June for the 75,000 Minneapolis residential recycling customers who didn’t start one sort last fall. Every residential customer will start one-sort recycling when they get the new blue cart.
In the first six weeks of one-sort recycling, the 31,500 customers who had switched to one sort recycled 396 tons – 63 percent – more than they had a year earlier under the multi-sort system. One sort is easier for customers than the previous multi-sort system, and the City is on track to meet its target of doubling recyclables collected from 18,000 tons to 36,000 tons per year by 2015.
In the second phase of Minneapolis’ one-sort residential recycling rollout – more than twice the size of the first phase – the rest of the City of Minneapolis recycling customers will get new blue recycling carts between April and June. All will receive letters in the mail with instructions before they get their carts. These customers will stay on the same schedule and keep the same recycling day as before. When they get the new cart, customers may choose to leave their old bins out to be recycled or keep them for other uses such as garage storage or for carrying the recyclables outside to the new cart.
Although residents no longer need to separately bag their recyclables, they need to make especially sure they recycle properly. Proper recycling will keep the materials valuable; it is important to rinse recyclables and not to mix in garbage or other materials such as yard waste, Styrofoam, plastic foam, plastic film or plastic bags.
In addition to the new recycling carts, the City will use new and retrofitted recycling collection trucks. These trucks look just like City garbage trucks but will be identified by signs as recycling trucks.
There will be no change in the amount customers pay.
Expanding what we recycle
In 2012, Minneapolis expanded the types of plastics and paper it collects. Minneapolis recycling customers can now include plastics numbered one through seven, which includes yogurt, pudding and fruit cups; disposable cups and bowls; margarine, cottage cheese and other containers; and produce, deli and takeout containers. New paper items accepted include juice boxes and soup, broth, wine and milk cartons.
Making products from recycled material rather than virgin material conserves natural resources and creates less waste. It also causes less pollution and uses less energy; 95 percent less energy, for instance, is used to make a can from recycled aluminum than from raw materials.
Residents can find more information about one-sort recycling in Minneapolis and look for their scheduled rollout dates at www.minneapolismn.gov/onesort.
Published Apr. 22, 2013