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.
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
Aluminum beverage cans, steel food cans and aerosol spray cans are metal containers that can be recycled by your material recovery facility using the single-stream recycling system. An increasing demand in the recycling industry to recover metals has helped divert large amounts of materials going into local landfills.
The following is a list of acceptable metal products that can be recycled by your material recovery facility. Make sure cans are empty prior to recycling.
- Aerosol cans (hair spray, etc)
- Aluminum soda or beer cans
- Steel food cans
Other Recyclable Metals
Your local recycling agency may be able to accept other metals, such as refrigerators, hot-water heaters and other appliances except microwaves. Call for special pickups with you local collection agency.
Please rinse all plastic containers prior to placing in your recycling cart.
The following is a list of acceptable plastic products that can be recycled by your material recovery facility. Generally, any size screw top plastic bottle or jug #1-2 are acceptable:
- Any size soft drinks bottles
- Alcohol bottles
- Bleach and fabric softener jugs
- Cooking oil bottles and jugs
- Laundry detergent jugs
- Milk and water jugs
Plastic grocery bags are not accepted.
At this time, most paper products are not being accepted for recycling. Only dry, corrugated cardboard should be placed in your recycling cart until further notice.
Acceptable Paper/Fiber Product(s)
- Corrugated cardboard, dry
Unacceptable Paper/Fiber Product(s)
- Box board (paper food containers boxes - always remove liners)
- Brown paper bags
- Catalogs and magazines
- Junk mail, flyers, and door hangers
- Newspapers, with inserts
- Office and school papers
- Phone books
At this time, no glass bottles of any color are being accepted for recycling.