Dual-Stream Commercial Recycling

Dual-Stream Commercial Recycling

As of June 1st, 2018, First Star Recycling is moving to a dual-stream service for the majority of commercial customers.

What is Dual-Stream Recycling?

Dual-Stream Recycling is a program that collects fiber products such as cardboard, separately from other mixed commingled (plastics, aluminum, tin, steel) recyclables. This differs to single-stream which involves placing all recyclable materials into the same bin.

Why are you moving to a Dual-Stream Commercial Recycling Program?

Global market conditions outside of our control have brought significant challenges for all USA recycling operations. For the past several years China has been ramping up restrictions on what it sees as acceptable recyclables to the point where virtually all imports of scrap material are now banned. While we have not been as dependent on Chinese markets, the dual effects of greatly reduced market demand and a heightened sensitivity to contamination have also affected domestic markets. Where this has had the most impact has been in our ability to accept commingled loads of recyclables from commercial sources. Hence, due to historically low commodity prices and the need to meet increasingly higher standards for cleaner material, we will now be moving to a dual-stream system where loads will be sorted at source.


How will a Dual-Stream Commercial Recycling Program Help?

By moving to a dual-stream recycling commercial program, sometimes also referred to as source-separated recycling, there are many benefits to help mitigate some of the challenges being experienced. Some of the benefits include:

Lower levels of contamination
Less otherwise recyclable material going to landfill from contamination
Higher quality and more valuable recovered material
Lower costs to process the collected recyclables
Maximum financial benefit to the customer from recycling
Supports American markets, manufacturers and the environment
The good news is thanks to First Star Recycling’s marketing strength as the state’s largest recycling operation and because of our unmatched track record of providing innovative solutions for customers to work towards zero landfill goals, we can offer several options to recover and divert large amounts of your otherwise landfilled materials.

How will these changes affect my Business?

At First Star Recycling, we recognize that each customer’s situation is unique. Your account representative can explain the options available to best meet your needs and work with your employees to learn how to adapt to these new practices. At the end of the day, with these measures you will be pleased to know your recyclables are being managed in the most environmentally beneficial way possible – in other words, as a valued material promoting true resource conservation efforts. Please do not hesitate to contact your account representative if you have any questions at all.

I have Dual-Stream Recycling. What can I put in each container?
Before implementing changes to your recycling program, please speak with your account representative to ensure that you are following the guidelines most appropriate to your commercial operations:

Clean & Dry Cardboard

Please ensure all materials are loose and not contained within plastic bags:

  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Small amounts of Office Paper and other fibers

If you do not generate much cardboard, such as an office only environment, please speak with your account representative as there may be alternative recycling solutions that are more appropriate.


Please ensure all materials are loose and not contained within plastic bags:

  • #1 PET Containers such as pop/soda bottles
  • #2 HDPE Containers such as milk jugs and detergent bottles
  • #5 PP Containers such as yogurt tubs margarine containers and food containers
  • Smaller fiber materials such as office paper, newspaper, magazines
  • Aseptic containers such as tetrapak, juice and long-life milk containers
  • Aluminum, steel and tin cans

Hefty® EnergyBag®

Please ensure all materials are contained within the Hefty® EnergyBag® and the bags are tied closed when full:

  • Non-recyclable plastics from break rooms
  • Foam-to-go containers and coffee cups from conference rooms
  • Plastic cups, plates, bowls and cutlery
  • Chip and snack bags
  • Plastic liners
  • Packing Peanuts
  • Film plastics
  • Flexible plastics
  • Any other hard-to-recycle plastics excluding PVC