Pullman city officials discuss single stream recycling at council meeting

PULLMAN, WA - The city of Pullman would like to switch to a "single stream recycling" program but need to figure out how much that would cost Pullman residents.

"We are prepared right now to move forward with single stream," said Whitman County Public Works Director Mark Storey. "We've been targeting about June first. This is going to be subject to the city."

"We can take a lot more items," said Pullman Disposal President Devon Felsted. "We can take a lot more plastics, plastic bottles, and a lot more paper."

Single stream certainly has it's perks. Officials say It's easier for residents and Pullman Disposal workers, plus it will reduce recycling restrictions.

But the big question is whether or not to include glass in the mix.

"In the single stream recycling it's often considered a contaminant to other recycles, like crushed glass getting into paper products," said Pullman City Supervisor Mark Workman.

Council members agreed that glass recycling in Pullman is a must, especially in areas like the College Hill neighborhood. But adding glass means that residents will see an even larger increase in fees than originally anticipated with single stream recycling.

"So it'd go up from about $2.69 to about five dollars a month," said Felsted.

However excluding glass from the single stream recycling would only save residents about a dollar a month, which many people believe is a small price to pay.

Now that the council has agreed to move forward bringing single stream recycling with glass to the city, Pullman Disposal and Whitman County Public Works can look into investing in the necessary equipment.