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[GreenYes] Fwd: NRC Forum on Single Stream Collection
Apologies for Cross Postings

Continuing its series of regular on-line forums on high priority recycling issues, NRC is holding a forum on April 11 on the issue of single stream collection of recyclables.  The best part is you won't have to travel anywhere to benefit from this event- the forum will be "On-Line".  Each of NRC's on-line forums are interactive real time discussion during which participants are able to use their keyboards to ask expert panelists a range of questions, and receive immediate responses. 

On Thursday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m.  EST, join the NRC for our forum exploring the growing trend towards single stream collection of recyclables.  In single stream recycling programs, all materials - cans, bottles, paper and other recyclables, are commingled in one container by residents for collection at the curb.  The goal of these programs is to increase participation by making recycling more convenient for  residents, while reducing labor and equipment costs at the point of collection. 

Panelists for this on-line forum will include Tim Brownell, president of Eureka Recycling; Betsy Dorn, an independent consultant; and Daniel Lantz of Earth Tech Canada.

Panelists will discuss with on-line participants how to assess whether single stream collection may be a preferred program design for your community.  Issues to be addressed include:

- Impact of single stream design on collection and processing costs, material quality
        and overall program cost-effectiveness.
- Implications for collection vehicle design and setout container type.
- Effects on program participation, recycling rates and the level of contamination in
        recyclable streams.

To join the forums, simply use your computer to log-on to the discussion at  It takes about 5 minutes to register and enter the discussion, so we recommend starting the log-on process before the 1:00 p.m.  EST start time of the forums.  Each forum should last about 90 minutes.

NRC is excited by the potential for the on-line forums technology to be a primary means of linking our members with experts in a variety of recycling fields.  Over the coming months, NRC is planning to hold on-line forums on a variety of topics.  Keep tuned to the NRC website at
for regular announcements on upcoming on-line forums.

Michael Alexander Senior Research Associate National Recycling Coalition P.O.  Box 97 Brattleboro, VT 05301 (802) 254-3338

Gary Liss
Fax: 916-652-0485
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