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Raleigh to stop truck-side sorting of recyclables

Posted December 29, 2008 3:38 p.m. EST

— The city's recycling processor will begin to accept all recycling materials commingled, beginning Friday, officials said.

Crews will no longer sort glass, paper and aluminum as items are loaded onto the trucks, officials said.

"It’s a great savings in time, efficiency, injuries and money for the city," said Linda Leighton, waste reduction specialist for Raleigh. "Just put all your materials in the recycling bin. Our crews can just toss it all in the truck together. All sorting will be done at the recycling facility."

The city has been switching out regular garbage trucks for specialized recycling trucks during the last couple of years, Leighton said. The trucks offer more capacity and the ability to compact recyclable materials and can be used on garbage or yard waste routes as needed, she said.