|With equipment upgrades and the installation of new machinery now completed, Ocean County can now being accepting recyclables in a single stream for processing at the Ocean County Northern Recycling Center in Lakewood.
"Single stream collection means the homeowner can put all aluminum cans, plastic bottles, steel cans, newsprint, cardboard, mixed paper and used writing paper into the same container for recycling," said Freeholder Director James F. Lacey, in announcing the new recycling process. "Municipalities, if they want, or private haulers can now collect recyclables all mixed together."
Single stream recycling is expected to increase efficiencies, particularly for the larger municipalities that already use robo-trucks for trash collection. Single stream recycling can be picked up similar to the the ways in which daily trash is, with only a single driver needed on the truck.