Felicity Britton sorted her bag of recycling into their specific containers outside of her garage in Minneapolis last year. Next year, that might be a thing of the past.
Kyndell Harkness, Star Tribune
One-bucket recycling coming in Minneapolis in 2013
- May 25, 2012 - 11:27 PM
For the recycling enthusiasts who thrill at sorting office paper from magazines and bottles from cans, this may be a letdown, but coming soon to a Minneapolis alley near you is a program that will allow you to dump all your recyclables into one container.
Not seven. Not two. One.
The City Council and Mayor R. T. Rybak signed off on the plan on Friday, lauding it as the solution to the city's stagnant 18 percent recycling rate.
What's not to love about the system, already in place in other communities? The city spent years wondering the same thing and so led focus groups, conducted two pilot studies and commissioned a 47-page report by a Michigan company, according to a report to the council.
While seven- or even two-sort systems keep recyclable paper free of contamination from oils, glass shards and the like, at the end of the day, cost, convenience and volume won out. "Win, win and win!" said City Council Member Sandy Colvin Roy.
Though the city has a few things left to sort out, namely, precisely how much the switch will cost and how to break the news to residents, single-sort should debut sometime next year.
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