HOW DOES MY TOWN OR BUSINESS BENEFIT FROM SINGLE-STREAM RECYCLING?
Every ton of disposables that your town or business recycles is a ton your town or business does not have to pay for to dispose as trash. Single-stream is helping us recover and re-use valuable materials. Some communities have increased their recycling volumes by as much as 100 percent within a year of beginning their single-stream programs.
- Saves time
- Reduces Costs
- Saves Natural Resources
- Simply Recycle
TO THE MATERIALS?
Once the single-stream materials are collected by Harters they are taken to the Green Circle Recycling’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF}, where the recyclable materials are separated and sent to various markets for sale.
WHAT DOES SINGLE-STREAM RECYCLING MEAN FOR YOU?
You no longer have to sort glass, plastic, paper and metal within your recycling bin. Just mix all your recyclables together – they will be sorted once they’re delivered to the recycling center. Green Circle Recycling mission is to recycle the recovered materials.
The MRF handles single-stream collected recyclable materials from both residential and commercial sources, including 15,600 households in La Crosse, 6,700 households in Onalaska, and households in other towns and cites in the region.
The 21,500-square-foot facility is lit via LED lights throughout, with installed natural panels reducing the need for artificial light. The MRF is also well insulated to retain the heat produced by the facility’s equipment during the region’s tough winter months and has various features installed to manage storm waters.
WHAT IS RECYCLABLE?
- #1-7 plastic containers
- Yogurt cups, ketchup/mustard bottles
- Tubs, bottles, jugs, detergent containers
Glass Jars & Bottles
- Jars and bottles of any color
Cartons- Food and Beverage
- Milk cartons (dairy, soy, almond)
- Juice, soup, broth, and wine cartons
Cardboard / Paper
- Newspapers, shiny inserts
- Magazines and catalogs
- Any type of corrugated boxes
- Pressed paper and office paper
- Soda, pizza, and beer boxes
- Egg cartons and phone books
- Mail, junk mail, and envelopes
- Cereal, cracker, and snack boxes
- Toothpaste, soap, and detergent boxes
- Cards and gift wrap (no tissue or foil paper)
- Shredded paper (place in clear plastic bag)
- Aluminum, tin, and steel cans
- Empty aerosol cans, empty paint cans/lids
- Aluminum foil, pie plates, containers
- Wire clothes hangers
- Christmas lights, extension cords, electrical wiring (no coaxial cable)
- Metal pots and pans
WHAT IS NOT RECYCLABLE?
- No garbage
- No food waste
- No food-tainted items
- No ceramics & dishware
- No plastic wrap
- No windows & mirrors
- No packing peanuts or bubble wrap
- No photographs
- No medical waste
- No polystyrene or Styrofoam
- No hazardous chemical containers
- No plastic toys or sporting goods
- No foam egg cartons
- No wood
- No light bulbs
- No yard waste or garden tools