Single Stream Recycling is to be placed curbside by 6 AM on Mondays. Yard Waste is placed curbside by 6 AM on Thursday.
SINGLE STREAM COLLECTIONS consist of all commingled (glass, plastic and metal- bottles cans or jars), newspaper, cardboard, and junk mail. These materials can be placed in one container and put curbside every Monday. The recyclable materials that are being collected have not changed with the exception of shredded paper, which we no longer accept.
What is Single Stream Recycling?
Single Stream Recycling refers to a new system that takes the two recycling streams, the paper products and commingled, and puts them together in one container. It is still important to follow the same guidelines applied to the source separated (two container) program, except the materials all go in the same container.
Why did Exeter choose Single Stream Recycling?
Placing all recycling materials out each week in one container provides convenience for residents and businesses. More people participate and more materials are removed from the waste stream. We are making recycling easier for you, so that there is no excuse to not recycling. Help our town achieve its goal of recycling 50% of waste stream by 2020.
Single Stream Recycling offers more efficient collections. Transportation and labor costs are reduced by collecting each household one time a week and picking up all commodities in one truck.
How are the materials separated?
Exeter Borough takes Single Stream Recyclables to market, where there is a combination of a handpicked separation of products and automated separation. The machine has a long conveyer belt that separates materials with blowers, screens and magnets.
Will there be a lot of contamination in the recyclables?
Not necessarily. This is why it is important for you to prove that a community fully educated and conscientious can make Single Stream Recycling a success by properly preparing only the materials accepted.
Wont paper recycling get wet if I recycle my commingled with it? Does that make the paper non-recyclable?
Paper mills allow up to 5% moisture in the paper they buy, so it is not a problem. Part of the recycling process for remanufacturing paper includes water, so it is not a contaminant.
Are there any new materials that we are recycling?
Yes. Hardback books
Are there any materials that used to be collected that are no longer acceptable?
Yes. Shredded paper.