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BETWEEN 2010 AND 2012, Berkeley, California, Walpole, Massachusetts, Auburn, Maine, and Concord, New Hampshire, among other U.S. cities voted not to adopt single-stream recycling, or abandoned single-stream recycling, according to a 2012 study by the Container Recycling Institute.
Ottawa and Toronto, Canada both decided against single-stream recycling, as well, after factoring in environmental and financial costs.
One town in England discontinued single-stream recycling and saw a 20 percent increase in landfill diversions in just two years.
Single-stream recycling was sold to Ann Arbor residents as a “sure thing” by Ann Arbor city staffers, politicos and local environmentalists, including the Ann Arbor Ecology Center and its long-time director Michael Garfield.
Ann Arbor residents were told single-stream recycling would double collections (it didn’t) and save taxpayers millions over the next 10 years (revenues from the sale of single-stream baled materials have dropped).
According to the Five-year Solid Waste Plan recently adopted