The bad with the good

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The bad with the good

Behind-the-scenes look at single stream proves revealing
Where the recycling goes.

The bad with the good

Dale Cogswell, solid waste recycle manager for the city of Durango, uses a forklift to carry bales of single-stream recycling to an awaiting semitrailer. The bales of materials get shipped to Denver where they add to a growing volume of single-stream recyclables that bring both challenges and benefits.
Mike Rasmussen, a driver for Phoenix Recycling, delivers a load of household single-stream recyclables to the Durango Recycling Center. City officials say the volume of recycling collected has increased by 85 percent since last year.
Richard Williams, of the Durango Recycling Center, loads single-stream recyclables onto a conveyor belt. The city receives much less for its recyclables when they are part of a single stream versus being separated at the source, but it makes up some of that money in labor savings.
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