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Sep 272010

From Green Right Now reports

Waste Management Inc. expects to have a new single-stream recycling system operating in its hometown of Houston by late this year.

Single-stream recycling is easier for consumers — everything can be tossed into a single recycling bin rather than sorted by type — but it requires updated equipment and new recycling processes by recycling companies. This added convenience typically increases recycling rates by up to 30%, the company said.

Waste Management, through its WM Recycle America LLC subsidiary, began installation in June and calls the project “one of the most technologically advanced single-stream sorting systems in the country.”

“Our commercial customers have already seen the benefits of our integrated recycling and we believe our residential customers will too,” Alan Stein, director of recycling for WM South Texas, said in a statement. “The less work the customer has to do to get these materials to the curb really helps increase participation.”

The new facility will include what the company calls “two new and unique pieces of technology.” A “paper magnet” will remove small fiber and recyclable residue and a “paper spike” will separate boxboard/chipboard from newspaper, Waste Management said.