What is dual-stream recycling?

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Wheeled cart and blue binMontgomery County has a dual-stream recycling program for residents of single-family homes and townhomes. Put your mixed paper items (paper and cardboard) into your blue recycling wheeled cart (or in a paper bag, cardboard box, or bundle with twine), and place your commingled materials (glass/plastic/metal bottles, jars, cans and containers) into your blue bin. DO NOT mix these two groups of recyclable materials together in one recycling container. Download the flyer.

Why does Montgomery County place paper and cardboard into the wheeled cart, and bottles, jars, cans and containers into the blue bin?

  • Dual-stream recycling results in less contamination and higher quality materials
  • The County uses dual-compartment recycling collection trucks to collect recyclables from single-family homes and townhomes
  • The County’s Recycling Center is designed to process bottles, jars, cans and containers separately from paper and cardboard products
  • Montgomery County continues to successfully market the recyclable materials collected and processed because they are higher quality
  • Contaminant-free recyclable materials are higher quality and increase the chances that these materials can be recycled into more new products.