Why can some communities with single stream recycling programs include glass with the co-mingled material, but Durango cannot?
Most communities that allow glass to be included with the single stream material transport their products directly to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) without baling the product. This helps prevent glass from contaminating other recyclable materials. Durango is isolated from larger MRFs that have the capability of sorting recyclable material including glass. As a result, rather than transporting recyclable products directly to a recovery facility, the City will bale its single stream products and ship them to market. The baling process causes glass to break, which contaminates the other recyclable products and decreases commodity values.

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1. What is single stream recycling?
2. Why is the City of Durango moving to single stream recycling?
3. Do I need to sign up for the new program?
4. When do we start?
5. How much does it cost to recycle?
6. If I don’t sign up for the new program can I continue to recycle in my old bin?
7. What should I do with my old recycling bin?
8. Will we be able to recycle more plastic products?
9. Will I be able to recycle my yogurt containers?
10. How can I recycle my plastic bags?
11. What other products can I recycle in the single stream program?
12. Can I include glass in my single stream recycling container?
13. Can I still recycle glass?
14. Why is glass being collected separate from the single stream materials?
15. Why can some communities with single stream recycling programs include glass with the co-mingled material, but Durango cannot?
16. Should I put my recyclables in a bag before I place them in my single stream recycling container?
17. If I am a county resident, can I participate in the City's curbside recycling program?
18. If I am not a City resident, where can I recycle my products?
19. If I am not a City resident, will I have to pay to drop my recyclable products off at the Recycling Center?
20. If I am not a City resident, why do I have to pay to recycle my products at the Recycling Center?
21. Where does the City take the recyclable material that it collects?
22. Where can I get more information on the City’s Recycling Program?