Pittsburgh Houston-based Greenstar North America, the country’s largest private processor of recyclables, announced today that it is rolling out commercial single-stream services in Pennsylvania that will drive increased recovery of recyclables across the state. Greenstar also noted that it is rebranding its Recycle Management Company (RMC) operations as Greenstar. Greenstar, which acquired Recycle Management Company of Pittsburgh through a partnership in March of 2007, is now the largest recycling processor in the state with seven strategic locations in Pennsylvania.

 “Commercial single-stream service provides a much more convenient system for recovering recyclables at offices, malls, universities and similar locations,” said Steve Ragiel, CEO of Greenstar North America.  “The convenience of commercial single-stream leads to significant increases in the recovery of valuable recyclables from the waste stream.” Commercial single-stream conveniently allows customers to mix all dry recyclables in one container including corrugated boxes, office paper, newspapers, bottles and cans.

Greenstar’s Pennsylvania operations include three Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in Pittsburgh-Neville Island, Carnegie and Northampton-Allentown.  There are also four residential/commercial recycle transfer stations in Donora, Ellwood City, Pittsburgh and Scottdale.  The Pittsburgh-Neville Island facility and the Northampton-Allentown facilities both provide optical sorting for single-stream plastics and paper and are two of the most highly automated single-stream plants in the nation.  Significant customers for Greenstar in the region include the City of Pittsburgh, City of Allentown, City of Bethlehem, City of Harrisburg, Allied Waste, JP Mascaro Brothers, Waste Management, Vogel/TC Industries and many other towns and independent haulers.  

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