What is Single Stream Recycling? Remember the days of sorting your recycling into paper bags in a tiny bin?? Those days are over and have been replaced by that container with the yellow lid. This process, SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING, allows for everything — aluminum cans, cereal boxes, the daily newspaper and the margarine tub — to be placed into the same recycling bin, making the act of recycling easier and more convenient, again increasing participation rates. These “comingled” materials are then sorted at Recycle Minnesota and by the recycling professionals working at the facility.