Single Stream Recycling

Single Stream Recycling

The Town particiaptes in Weekly, Single-stream recycling

In June 2009, the Town of North Andover transitioned to weekly single stream recycling by a private contractor. The Town, as a whole, can always recycle more and reduce the amount of trash going to the Wheelabrator incinerator. Here’s what you need to know.

What does ”single stream” mean?  It means that you can put all your recyclables into one appropriately marked container if you so choose. The Town provides a recycle bumper sticker for this container. No need to separate paper from bottles and cans. Read below for details.

  • Your recycling will be collected every week on the same day as your trash and should be at the curb by 7 a.m.
  • Place your recycling away from, or separate from your trash, like on the opposite side of your driveway, when possible. This will reduce the amount of missed pick ups.
  • You will be able to continue using your red bins and bagging your paper as you have done for years, OR you may choose to use a larger container with a lid, such as a wheeled cart, and mix all of your recyclables together. The advantage of a container with a lid is that you will not have to bag your paper which some people find to be more convenient. The container with a lid will also prevent loose items from blowing around and keep papers dry.
  • You may use a lidded container you already have by clearly labeling it for “RECYCLING”. If you like, you may pick up a green recycling bumper sticker from the Department of Public Works (DPW) or Town Hall.
  • Cardboard can go in a lidded container, but take care that it is not wedged into the container. The cardboard will need to fall out easily when the container is turned upside down.
  • Single-stream recycling is easier when you have a recycling container with wheels and  a lid.  If you choose to purchase one from your local hardware or department store, then just stop by the DPW or Town Hall to pick up a green recycle bumper sticker.
  • Our old recycling trucks have been retired and Northside Carting is collecting our recyclables using two different type trucks, one of which looks very similar to a trash truck. It will be a rear-end packer and will be able to hold much more material. So, don’t worry if you see your recycling go into a truck  that looks like a trash truck – it is not being thrown away, just being mixed with other recyclables. Trash trucks will deliver your trash to Wheelabrator, and the recycling truck will deliver your recyclables for sorting to a recycling company.
  • If you have any question call the DPW at (978) 685-0950 option 2 or Northside Carting at 978-686-8604.