Injuries down, recycling up in Mpls. under new single-sort program

  • Article by: Emma Nelson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 8, 2014 - 6:17 AM

The single-sort system is easier on workers but has room for improvement.

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tuttifruttiFeb. 7, 14 9:56 PM

These people won't have to worry about injuries when the DFL starts taxing bottles and cans with a "deposit". People will not be putting cans and bottles into single sort containers and eventually many will not recycle any of the remaining paper or cardboard products. This, of course, will result in higher fees to collect what is left in single sort containers. Another tax grab, but at least there will be fewer injuries.

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supervon2Feb. 7, 1410:29 PM

Collecting garbage is one of the most dangerous professions there is. It may pay well but don't make a single mistake-there is no room for error.

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rlwr51Feb. 8, 1412:50 AM

Why don't we get a recycling credit anymore?

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readerguyFeb. 8, 14 8:44 AM

"The single-sort trucks compact items in the same way that garbage trucks do. Johnson said workers have to remember to turn their faces away from the truck as a spinning blade moves through, because bits of glass sometimes fly out." Wait--does this mean there are bits of glass flying out onto the street etc?! If so, not acceptable!

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nstars16Feb. 8, 14 8:53 AM

The Single sort recycling is great. It has reduced the number of "Sanford & Son" pickup trucks driving down the alley looking for metals & stealing the bags of aluminum cans out of the bins. rlwr51- your basic fee was reduced on your water bill in lieu of the recycle credit. Call the water department they will explain.

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essdee09Feb. 8, 14 8:57 AM

It's always got to turn into a political screed, doesn't it?

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tuttifruttiFeb. 8, 1410:09 AM

"It's always got to turn into a political screed, doesn't it?" That would be because it is driven by politics.

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antisuburbsFeb. 8, 1410:11 AM

I'm wondering why we only get 2 recycling bins for a building that has 6 2-bedroom units in it... they always fill up right away...

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reader2580Feb. 8, 1410:17 AM

It still looks like a city jobs program to me. Private companies utilize trucks with just one employee and an arm that dumps the can from the cab. Maybe this doesn't work so well in areas like Minneapolis with lots of alleys.

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Flicka1492Feb. 8, 1410:58 AM

If recycling made any sense at all, it would cost LESS than dumping regular garbage. But it doesn't. It costs more. It is worth-less than garbage. That means: "Worthless". It makes people FEEL better, but it is inefficient and takes more resources (human and non-human) to work. It is our silly way of self-flagellation.

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