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Inbound Residential Single Stream

Inbound Residential Single Stream is the material derived from a recycling method whereby residents of a community place allowed materials in a specifically designated receptacle to be left at a drop off point outside their residence.

Materials in the receptacle are then collected by a recycler for processing at a Materials Recovery Facility. Organic and other materials that can be considered solid waste are not permitted in this material mix.

Any other recyclable materials may be added or deleted based on the individual agreement between buyer (MRF) and seller (Hauler or Municipality).

A commodity mix of certain materials placed in specifically designated receptacles to be left at a drop off point outside their residence.


Uncoated White Office Paper, Printing and Writing Paper

Colored Paper




Junk Mail


Tissue boxes/rolls

Paper towel and toilet paper rolls


Brown or Kraft paper

Paper boxes/cartons

Pizza Boxes, remove food and liner


Empty PET (#1), HDPE (#2), PP (#5) Plastic Bottles, Jugs, Jars And Containers

Bulky Rigid Plastics Such As Crates, Buckets, Totes, Baskets

Tubs and Lids


Aluminum, tin, and steel beverage and product containers


Bottles and jars of any color

All materials should be clean, loose, and dry.


Contamination is defined as anything not considered acceptable in the specification.

  • None permitted unless specifically agreed to in writing between buyer and seller.
  • No bagged recyclables unless otherwise accepted in local curbside collection program.

The following items are considered contamination:


Shredded Paper

Containers coasted with wax, plastic or other materials


Material with excess food residue or other organic material


Plastic Bags & Plastic Film

Expanded Polystyrene Foam (#6)

Multi-layered juice pouches

Plastic from electronics

Plastic marked as biodegradable or compostable


All metal with the exception of that listed above

Aerosol cans that are under pressure or partly filled


All glass with the exception of that listed above

Drinking glasses, crystal or tableware


Non-container glass

Light bulbs


Prohibited Materials

The term “Prohibited Materials” as used throughout this document is defined as items never allowed and includes any material that contains medical, organic, food, hazardous, poisonous, radioactive or toxic waste and other harmful substances or liquids.

Additional examples of prohibited items are:

a) Sharps and Needles
b) Batteries
c) Radioactive materials
d) Hazardous materials
e) Corrosives
f) Medical waste
g) Pesticides, poisons, bio hazards
h) Compressed gas cylinders
i) Refrigerants
j) PCB containing capacitors, transformers, ballast
k) Asbestos
l) Materials that may be damaging to equipment
m) Materials containing information protected or regulated under any local, state or federal privacy or data security laws, including, but not limited to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended, or other regulations or ordinances.
n) Wax
o) Electronics
p) Large items such as tires, appliances, roofing materials
q) Wood
r) Ceramics
s) Food Waste or other items that can otherwise be composted
t) Rock, dirt, asphalt, concrete

Residential curbside recycling systems can offer a significant amount of variability. Please check with the recycling program coordinator for more information on what is considered acceptable in the jurisdiction.