The following contains the exact language (italicized) currently found in a standard commercial Waste Management contract specifically related to recycling services. In addition to excerpts from the contractual agreement, we will follow up with a plain-language interpretation.
(i) Single stream Recyclable Materials (“Single Stream”) will consist of Customer’s entire volume of uncoated office and writing paper, magazines, pamphlets, mail, newspaper; flattened, uncoated cardboard, paperboard boxes; aluminum food and beverage containers, tin or steel cans; glass, and rigid container plastics #1, #2 and #5, including narrow neck containers and tubs. [Plain English: Single-stream usually means that ALL of the customer’s recycling can be mixed together into one bin. The contents of this bin are transported to a Material Recycling Facility (MRF) where the components are separated and then bulked up for shipment to a recycler that specializes in the specific commodity. E.g. plastics go to a plastics recycling, paper to a pulping mill, etc.]