Convenience is always the key to any successful recycling program.
Communities are moving to an updated recycling program called "commingle" or single stream recycling. Single stream recycling does not require the sorting of items as long as all of the items are approved recyclables. Instead, the sorting is done by the recyclers. With commingled recycling service, all of your approved recyclables can be tossed into one easy-to-use recycle bin.
No sorting. No bagging. No bundling, baling or tying. Tin, aluminum, plastic and all kinds of paper, including newspapers, cardboard and junk mail, can be tossed together in the blue container.
NIU will provide adequate recycling bins next to all designated areas in order to ensure that there is always a convenient choice between trash and recycling. The following buildings indicate the recycling pilot program started in 2011 and currently underway on the NIU Campus. These buildings have brand new commingle containers.
Since new containers for an entire campus can be costly, Tammie Pulak and Sarah Wawerski searched for a less expensive solution. The outdated black, red, and blue containers that collected sorted trash and recycling are being refurbished throughout campus. The red bins are being omitted, additional blue bins for recycling are being added, and updated labels are being put on the bins.