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Waste Management Starts Rolling Out Recycling Carts

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Starting now, Reno residents may notice a newcomer to their curbs. Waste Management began distributing the new single-stream recycling carts on Monday.

It's just like your regular dumpster, but with a blue lid. You'll be able to put all of your recyclables inside without sorting them out first.

"It is going to be definitely easier for our customers, more convenient, and more effective. So we hope to see an increase in the recycling rate very soon," says Waste Management spokesperson Sarah Polito.

The quest for single-stream recycling - recycling that doesn't need to be sorted first - started about five years ago in Reno. The Reno City Council gave it the green light in fall of 2012 and now they are literally rolling it out with distributions throughout the month.

There are instructions attached, but basically you just use the new carts like the old crates every other week. This is expected to increase recycling participation - and help our environment.

However, be aware, there will be a small increase to your bill. In most cases about a $1-$2 per month and you'll see that take effect in April.

You can start using the new recycling crates next month.

"Customers can begin using these new recycling carts on their first recycling service day in February."

One of the most common questions has been - what to do with the old recycling crates? All you have to do is put them at the curb on your first recycling day in February - and Waste Management will take them away.

Written by Arianna Bennett

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