Single stream simply refers to the common mixed recycling system that allows for paper, cardboard, plastic, and metal cans to be collected together in a single recycling container. The term single stream comes from the difference between this system and a multi-stream system where different types of materials must be sorted into individual bins: one for paper, one for plastics, and another for metals.
For a list of accepted materials, visit the City’s single stream recycling web page. Remember, GLASS IS NOT ACCEPTED in single stream in our region, so be sure to separate that out. It can be recycled for free 24/7 at the Durango Recycle Center. For this reason, some people refer to Durango’s system as dual-stream, but that can be unnecessarily confusing.