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RE: single-bin recycling in Oakland. I've visited Waste Management's Davis St. facility and talked with the people there. Don't worry, they do indeed have a pick-line of people and an automated sorter that goes through your mixed recycling. I'm not a huge fan of this kind of "single stream" recycling because it leads to degraded paper and glass that can't be used for as many things in it's next life, but WM didn't put in all that expensive sorting equipment just to landfill your recycling. There are plenty of things that people put in their bins (e.g., any plastic other that #1 and #2 bottles) that definitely do end up in landfill, but that's always been the case and no one claims it isn't (if other plastics are accepted, chances are they're being incinerated in China).
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