The City Council voted 5-4 Monday night to approve the citywide implementation of a new program that allows residents to throw all of their recyclables into one wheeled bin at their homes.
Called "single-stream recycling," it will replace the city's current system of blue, green, dark green and yellow crates.
Glenn Roberts, director of public works, estimated the program would result in 10 percent more recycling and 13 percent less garbage sent to the landfill.
The ongoing $740,000 in operational costs would be offset by decreases in garbage costs and increased revenue from additional recycling, he said.
A $2.2 million initial expenditure is expected to pay for the carts, new pick-up trucks, and outreach, Roberts said.
Council members Hillary Freeman, Yoriko Kishimoto, Dena Mossar and Vic Ojakian opposed the single-stream program, with Mossar commenting that not all Palo Alto households have room to store the new, larger bins.