Single Stream Recycling sign

The instructional sign that will be posted near new single-stream compactors after they are installed in Ashe County’s five convenience centers, according to Ashe County Director of Environmental Services Scott Hurley.

LANSING — A single-stream recycling compactor is operational at Bina Convenience Center, the second of five such devices to be implemented at each of the county’s convenience centers, according to Ashe County Environmental Services Director Scott Hurley.

Single-stream recycling enables convenience center users to dispose of their recycling — except cardboard and glass — all together at a compactor, rather than separating each material individually as has previously been required, saving users’ time and effort, according to Hurley.

Meanwhile, the single-stream compactor at Bare Creek Convenience Center has been operational for nearly one month, and it has not yet required emptying, providing a cost and time-savings for Ashe County Environmental Services, Hurley said. Previously, Bare Creek’s non-compacted recycling containers were emptied by environmental services employees once or twice per week, according to Hurley.

Regarding the other three compactors, Hurley said he is still waiting on Blue Ridge Energy to complete some work before single-stream recycling is made available at Baldwin, N.C. 16 and Riverview convenience centers.

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