Waste Management Launches Single-Stream Recycling in Sparks

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SPARKS, NV - Recycling is changing for Sparks residents.

Waste Management has begun delivering 28,500 new curbside single-stream recycling carts to Sparks. The new carts will allow customers to place all acceptable recyclable materials into a single cart. Waste Management expects to complete delivery of the carts by the end of January.

Residents can begin mixing all their acceptable recyclable materials as soon as their new carts arrive.

“We are thrilled that City of Sparks residents will now have the single-stream recycling program,” said Sarah Polito, spokesperson for Waste Management of Nevada. “Now recycling will be as easy as taking out the trash.”

Single-stream recycling expands acceptable recyclable materials. This includes the following:

· Paper
· Empty glass bottles
· Newspaper
· Empty glass jars
· Magazines
· Empty aluminum cans
· Junk Mail
· Empty steel cans
· Cardboard
· Empty plastic bottles
· Paperboard
· Empty and clean plastic containers

Carts must be placed at the curb on the next regular recycling collection day. Customers without new carts are encouraged to continue using their yellow and green crates. After a new single-stream recycling cart is delivered, customers are asked to place their EMPTY crates next to their new recycling carts on the next recycling collection day. Waste Management will collect the old crates.

We are very pleased that Waste Management will provide single-stream recycling for the City’s residential customers,” said Sparks Mayor Geno Martini. “The new service is easy and convenient and will help raise awareness of recycling and preserving our environment. We appreciate the City’s partnership with Waste Management.”

Education materials will be attached to every new recycling cart with recycling information. Instructions will also be printed on the recycling cart lid, which will help customers determine the acceptable recyclable materials that can be placed in the cart.

Customers found placing trash in their recycling carts will receive warnings. Repeat offenders will receive contamination fines and could eventually lose the privilege to recycle.

“We encourage our customers to read the educational materials to ensure they are recycling often and recycling right,” said Polito. “As the saying goes, one bad apple can spoil the bunch. The same goes for recycling. The success of this program will be a community-wide effort.”

Additional benefits to the program include:

· Four free solid waste drop-offs a year at Waste Management’s Reno transfer stations or the Lockwood Landfill. Restricted to Sparks residents who are current with their bill. Loads cannot exceed the size of a standard pickup truck bed.
· Annual allotment of 20 Excess Waste Stickers, beginning February 1, 2016, customers must place an excess waste sticker on each bag of trash that does not fit into their cart.
· Free collection of up to six excess bags of trash during each collection every May and November. No excess waste stickers required during these months.

Please note: This new recycling program does not apply to unincorporated Washoe County residential customers.

For more information about the single-stream recycling program, visit Sparks.wm.com or call 775-329-8822.