It’s been 18 months since plastic film was banned from the single stream.
In January 2020, 12.4% of single stream loads contained over 5% of bags. As of June 2020, loads containing over 5% of bags had dropped to 7.3%. In December, loads containing over 5% of bags had further dropped to 5.7%. Commercial and multi-housing sources appear to continue to be the biggest challenge.
We are happy to share these numbers, particularly with the ongoing use of plastic bags by retailers during the COVID pandemic. Although it’s been a challenge to get bags out of the single stream, the numbers tell the story and our hauler customers continue to reduce the volume of bags in their single stream loads.
Thank you for your efforts in educating your customers. Let’s continue to keep the trend rolling in the right direction!