Arden Hills recycling goes single stream

Arden Hills switched to single stream recycling July 15, meaning residents are no longer required to sort their food and beverage containers from their paper and cardboard recyclables, while still being able to continue to use their existing recycling bins.

“[There’s] no change in the frquency or the days that recycling will be collected at [the] curb,” Arden Hills City Planner Ryan Streff said at June 30 council meeting. “South of 694 will still remain Tuesday and north of 694 will remain with Wednesday pickups.”

Eureka Recycling, which contracts with Arden Hills to deliver the service, approached the city about making the switch to single stream as a part of a company initiative to eventually offer food-scrap recycling in the near future, according to a letter from the company to the city.

The change in the program also means residents can recycle three types of plastics that previously weren’t collected; #4, #5, and #7 plastic food and beverage containers will now be accepted.

Plastics similar to PVC piping, #3 plastics, and those similar to styrofoam, #6 plastics, will continue to not be accepted. Eureka mailed Arden Hills residents updated recycling guides prior to July 15.

The Arden Hills city council approved the change at its May 27 meeting.

The city has contracted for recycling service since 1992, and in its June, 2014 newsletter, stated that 78 percent of all residents recycled at least once a month and that 53 percent did so on a weekly basis.

Arden Hills residents can buy an additional recycling bin at city hall for $6.

--Mike Munzenrider


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