Single Stream Mixed Recycling

How It Works

Single stream mixed recycling is the system used in Durango that allows recyclable items such as paper, cardboard, plastic, and metal to be collected mixed together, and then sorted and processed for repurposing. Blue containers and dumpsters are used to collect this kind of common recycling.

The “What Goes Where?” Wizard tool is a great resource to search for what can and cannot be recycled through single stream collections. Even if something is not recyclable through single stream collections, it still may be recyclable through a different service or program.

Use this handy Single Stream Recycling Guidelines (PDF) flyer as quick and easy reference.

Glass Recycling

Glass is NOT accepted in Durango's single stream recycling, but you can drop-off glass at the Durango Recycle Center for free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please do not put glass in your single stream recycling containers as it can severely contaminate the recycling batches.

The tabs below provide more detail on acceptable and unacceptable materials as well as ways to reduce recycling contamination.

  1. Paper & Cardboard
  2. Plastic
  3. Metal
  4. Unaccepted Materials in Single Stream

Paper & Cardboard

Put items loose in your recycling container – do not bag items (except shredded paper).

Accepted Paper

  • Newspaper
  • Magazines and catalogs
  • Mixed Paper and envelopes
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Paperboard
  • Cartons – rinse out and remove lids
  • Paper Bags
  • Phonebooks and paperback books
  • Long-shred paper is the only product that can be recycled in a plastic bag - see Shredded Paper FAQ

Unaccepted Paper

  • Grease-stained cardboard or paper bags (pizza boxes, takeout container, etc.)
  • Waxed paper
  • Toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, and tissue – empty cardboard tubes are accepted
  • Paper coffee cups
  • Confetti or cross-cut shredded paper (square shredded)
  • Paper with paint, glue, or bonded plastic (envelopes with windows are accepted)
  • Hanging file folders with the plastic or metal still integrated

Don’t see the item you’re looking for? Use the “What Goes Where?” Wizard tool to search your item. If your item isn’t listed, you can request that it be added to the list!

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