Charleston residents would no longer have to sort their recycling for curbside pickup if a proposal to introduce single-stream recycling succeeds.
The issue was discussed at the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority board of directors meeting Tuesday morning.
West Virginia Recycling Services Director George Hunyadi said establishing single-stream recycling would increase participation and the amount of material processed at the Slack Street recycling center.
"Really, it's about making it super, super easy," he said.
Under single stream recycling, residents would be able to put all their recyclable materials into one bag or container, instead of needing to sort those items. The materials could then be sorted at the Slack Street facility.
"It's going to be easier for them; it's going to be easier for me," Hunyadi said.
Hunyadi said he is recycling about 500 tons of material each month but has a goal of 1,000 tons.
Single-stream recycling for commercial enterprises is also in the works.
The change won't happen overnight, though. City law requires residents to separate items before setting the materials on the curb to be collected. Therefore, city council will have to pass an ordinance allowing single-stream recycling.
At-Large Mountain Party Councilwoman Kasey Russell, who also serves on the solid waste board, said she would sponsor a single-stream recycling ordinance to present to council.
Other communities already have single-stream recycling, or have switched to the practice in recent years.