I am currently a resident of Island County and fully support curbside recycling. I believe that this will be beneficial to customers and our environment. Curbside pick-up will ultimately encourage more recycling participation.
For 15 years we lived in Whatcom County and they have a very successful recycling program.
Their system sorts most effectively because the trucks are divided into three sections to match the three recycling bins each customer uses.
Each customer has three stackable crates (white for paper, red for newspaper, blue for bottles/cans/glass) and when the recycling truck comes, the worker simply dumps each crate into the corresponding section of the truck.
The worker quickly sorts on the curb by tossing each crate into one of the three different sections of the recycling truck.
White bin goes into one section of the truck, blue bin gets tossed into the next section, red goes into red compartment. This would save so much time sorting. That saves costs and time. Yes, you would need sectioned trucks and crates, but I think in the long run that is the way to go.
I have not heard Island County speak of this type of sorting system. Currently, all recyclables go into one tote and then have to be sorted. The time that sorting every item takes is pure insanity. Why not sort right when the items are collected?
Please consider this approach. Please ask Whatcom County questions and research how they got started with this sorting system. The Whatcom County company is called Sanitary Service Company: www.ssc-inc.com/.
The system in Whatcom County has high participation and is extremely successful. Let’s follow people who are doing it efficiently. Let’s do recycling well and be effective with our resources!