Single Stream Recycling
Recycling today is much simpler, now that it is Single Stream, because no sorting is necessary. This means newspaper, cardboard, plastic, glass, etc. can all be placed together in your recycling bin. The Single Stream process is so advanced, that is can separate out each product and prepare for use as a new product. When we recycle common daily items, we are effectively eliminating the waste and conserving energy through conservation, saving on landfill space and creating jobs as recycled materials are collected, sorted, shipped and used to create new materials! Everyone wins with recycling!
As much as 40% of the waste we generate in our homes can be placed into our recycling bins. And now, every community in Niagara County is set up for curbside recycling. If you have a recycling bin or cart, you have all you need to participate…just fill it up with recyclables and put it at the curb.
Watch the following video about Modern Single Stream Recycling and hear Mike Weber of the Buffalo Sabres explain how you can make a difference by recycling!
Residents seeking to dispose of electronics, such as Televisions, Computers, Gaming Consoles, DVD or VCR Players can no longer place them to the curb. Beginning January 1st, New York State has prohibited the collection of electronics by any solid waste hauler, and by 2015, it will be illegal to dispose of electronic waste in any landfill. Electronic devices contain many recyclable and recoverable materials, but also hazardous elements. To find a drop off location closest to you, use the Local Recycling Information page link.
What happens to items after they land in your bin? Go to the Beyond the Bin page.
Reducing your waste is perhaps the best waste management option. After all, if you are not creating it, it never has to be collected! Reducing waste can be pretty straightforward, like using more durable items such as cloth napkins, washable plates, reusable tote bags and travel mugs instead of non-durable materials (paper napkins and plates, plastic bags and disposable [paper or foam] cups).
Simply put, composting is taking organic stuff like clippings and vegetable skins and letting them rot. The best part, after a few months, is the nutrient rich material (called humus) that is created. Between 15-30% of waste generated in homes is organic in nature, and can be composted. Home composting can be pretty simple because there is no wrong way to do it; eventually everything will decompose. For more information on composting, please go to the Composting page.