Friday, November 02, 2007

DSWA Going Single Stream

The Community News reports that the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) is switching over to single stream recycling:
With Delaware Solid Waste Authority's (DSWA) new “single-stream” recycling customers put all their recyclables – newspapers, magazines, phonebooks, junk mail, corrugated cardboard, chipboard, plastic grocery bags, narrow neck plastic bottles, steel, aluminum and glass – into a single 65-gallon rolling bin provided by DSWA, for weekly curbside pickup.
DSWA began changing to the new program in October. It will replace the current system of multiple bags and bins countywide by December and for all of its 6,000 Delaware customers next Spring.
I had reported in August that the DSWA was rethinking the way it handles recycling. The Community News reporter, Andrea Miller, called me last week to discuss the economics of recycling:
Single-stream recycling makes sense in a lot of ways – from ease of customer use to environmental benefits, but to really make a case for it, you have to show it makes good economic sense, according to Tom Noyes.
Noyes, a Trolley Square resident who has a background in finance and public policy, has been interested in environmental issues for years, so when some friends were named to a citizen task force on statewide recycling last year, he offered to do some economic modeling for them.
While the numbers have changed somewhat, the fundamentals of the analysis are still sound. You can read a summary of the analysis here.

5 Comments:

Blogger Nancy Willing said...

Dayyyyum Tom! You are on top of this one. Won't this make the aspect of state-wide recycling more likely?

About damn time!

6:11 PM, November 02, 2007  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

It's a step in the right direction.

7:30 AM, November 04, 2007  
Anonymous kavips said...

This would be a big event standing on its own. Yet with all the hoopla over wind, it got forgotten.

When the storm quiets down, you should run this story again.

It's big, but no one seems to have time to listen to it..........

1:04 AM, November 08, 2007  
Blogger Fuif said...

To me, this does not at all makes sense. For years we have been separating our recyclables, 99 percent of the people are well equipped with multi colored bins and lets throw all that good effort away. With this single stream; we waist again more energy in an extra separation step which can never be as smart as a human being. Therefor more recyclable material will go to waist . Must be another great government desk worker that came up with this.

5:59 PM, March 01, 2008  
Blogger Fuif said...

To me, this does not at all makes sense. For years we have been separating our recyclables, 99 percent of the people are well equipped with multi colored bins and lets throw all that good effort away. With this single stream; we waist again more energy in an extra separation step which can never be as smart as a human being. Therefor more recyclable material will go to waist . Must be another great government desk worker that came up with this.

6:02 PM, March 01, 2008  

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