A bill to establish single-stream recycling in Charleston will be introduced at a city council meeting in November, West Side Councilman Ed Talkington said Thursday.
Talkington told members of city council's Environment and Recycling Committee he saw a draft of the ordinance, but the bill's language is still being cleaned up.
The ordinance would allow Charleston residents to put all recycling into one bag for curbside pickup, giving the method its "single-stream" name. Currently, residents are required to sort their recyclables.
"It'll be simpler," he said.
The city will also do away with recycling bins, instead moving completely to bags.
The idea to create single-stream recycling rose last month at both a meeting of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority board and the city's Environment and Recycling Committee. Some communities in the county, like South Charleston, already have single-stream recycling.
Charleston currently takes its recyclables to the West Virginia Recycling Services facility on Slack Street, and West Virginia Recycling Services Director George Hunyadi had previously said such a process would be more efficient for his operation.
"It's going to be easier for them; it's going to be easier for me," Hunyadi said at a Solid Waste Authority meeting in September.
Switching to single-stream is expected to increase recycling participation in addition to making the process easier for residents.
When Bridgeport switched to single-stream in 2011, the city reported a 67 percent jump in participation over a two-year period. Morgantown also reported a spike after starting single-stream earlier this year.
Cities can save money by increasing recycling participation by avoiding "tip fees" at landfills. Less waste going to the landfill means a lower tip fee the city has to pay.
Once the ordinance is introduced to city council, it will go to the Environment and Recycling Committee for consideration. If that committee gives the bill a favorable recommendation at its Dec. 5 meeting, city council will have to pass the ordinance on second reading for it to become law.
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