Single-Stream Recycling System

Kentucky is moving to a single-stream recycling system that will involve changes in the way we collect and separate recyclables. The standard conveyors, bins and "10-finger picking" operations will give way to mechanical sorting and separating equipment that can accommodate a larger volume of materials. 

The single-stream recycling system will allow residents to put their recyclable materials into a single container, even glass.

Benefits of Single-Stream Recycling

Single-stream recycling system is an economic improvement to collecting recyclable materials from the municipal waste stream. It is important to divert as much material from going into our landfills as possible to extend the lifespan and usefulness of this public waste management system. 

By slowing down the growth of landfills, we can do our part to preserve natural woodlands and watersheds around the state.

What to Recycle

  1. Paper / Fiber
  2. Plastic / Resin
  3. Cans
  4. Glass / Cullet

In general all paper can be recycled in what is called a closed loop recycling process or simply, paper can be recycled back into paper. Paper no longer need be sorted by color or surface quality (glossy or uncoated textures). The following items are acceptable paper products that can be recycled by your material recovery facility.

  • Box board (paper food containers boxes - always remove liners)
  • Brown paper bags
  • Catalogs and magazines
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Junk mail, flyers, and door hangers
  • Newspapers, with inserts
  • Office and school papers
  • Phone books