Sioux Falls' new recycling won't kick in until next year, but the single-stream concept is something most haulers already use.
Making treasure out of trash is what they do at Millennium recycling and the city's new single-stream mandate won't change the mission.
“We like it better if there's a lot of different stuff in there because if it's all-together we try to mix it up because it's easier for our machines which are calibrated,” Shaun Feilmeier with Millennium Recycling said.
All the recyclables come from garbage haulers around the city and beyond. The recycling facility takes sorted items too, but the majority of the residential recyclables already come together.
“It starts by getting loaded on to a conveyer belt and from there it goes to a series of people and machines that sort out all different types of materials,” Feilmeier said.
The city says moving to one standard system will help educate homeowners. It's something Feilmeier already does.
But the city says you'll still have to ask your garbage hauler if you have questions about what they take.
They will take pizza boxes, minus the food. And shredded paper is good too as long as it's bagged up. They'll even take the bags.
“Almost always plastic bags that don't have fibers in them and are not woven are recyclable and we'll take those. It's just that we can't pull them off unless they're bagged up,” Feilmeier said.
The city says single-stream haulers already have higher recycling rates. As officials try to prevent more trash from going to the landfill they believe a city-wide standard will get the word out.
“It is so much easier for the resident to recycle,” Feilmeier said.
Check out the city of Sioux Falls’ disposable list guide to find out what is allowed to be thrown away and where.