What was wrong with the old source-separated recycling program?

While source-separated recycling in crates used to be an effective method of collection, single-stream recycling has proven far more effective at increasing the recycling rate. In addition, many customers believed the old source-separated recycling program was not convenient. Customers want a simpler, more convenient recycling program that takes advantage of current technology, and allows the community to reduce the overall impact on the environment. The implementation of single-stream recycling increased residential recycling participation 300% in the Reno area.