At long last, is single-sort recycling coming to Minneapolis?

City staff has analyzed recycling in Minneapolis and will tell the city’s Transportation and Public Works Committee tomorrow that it’s time to move toward single-sort recycling.

The city’s current recycling program requires residents to separate recyclables into separate bags. That has led to an 18 percent recycling rate in Minneapolis, well below the national average and stagnating, according to a city study.

According to the study, the city could increase its recycling rate to 32 percent by going to a single-sort system. The city has conducted two single-sort pilot programs and found the system to increase the recycling rate of residents.

The city says a single-sort system would be 20 percent cheaper than the current program.

The Transportation and Public Works Committee tomorrow could direct the Public Works Department to implement a single-sort system.