Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Are Recyclables Picked Up With Our Trash Truck?

Borden Waste-Away Service, Inc. services both trash and recycling but they are never picked up together in the same truck.

After Borden trucks pick up recycling anywhere in our service area, it is then taken directly to our Recycling Works plant where it is hand and mechanically sorted into separate commodities.

Recycling Works, our company-owned state-of-the-art recycling facility here in Elkhart, operates as a “Clean MRF” (pronounced “Merf” and stands for Materials Recycling Facility), which means that we recycle over 90% of the material entering the facility. A state mandate stipulates that any more trash than that would put us into the category of a Transfer Station.

Some competitors use the system of a Transfer Station where recycling and trash are collected together in the same containers and trucks, compressed by an on-board compactor in the truck, dumped out onto a transfer station floor, and sorted through in an effort to salvage any recycling that may have gotten through without contamination. This form of recycling tends to have a far smaller recovery rate.

With Borden Waste-Away's Single Stream recycling process, all recycling is picked up with completely separate trucks than those that service trash. The trucks do, essentially, look identical but are dedicated to only picking up one specific type of material (i.e. trash OR recycling...never both).

Borden Waste-Away is very conscientious about the amount of trash at the recycling facility and meticulously works to remain well under the state mandated amount.

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