This is a letter to Mayor Narvaiz and the Council Members, from Sustainable San Marcos
Sustainable San Marcos urges you to adopt single stream recycling (SSR) as proposed by Texas Disposal System. SSR will increase the rate of citizen participation in recycling, increase the amount of materials recycled, and decrease the amount of waste landfilled. As available landfill space shrinks and disposal costs escalate, recycling will provide citizens with a way to decrease the volume of waste while generating an income stream for the hauler that permits it to control hauling fees.Specific advantages of SSR include:
Citizens: First and foremost, the proposed recycling cart will make recycling easier for citizens – a key to increasing participation. The cart will hold more than the existing bin; it can be stored outside while protecting the contents, and it can be rolled (rather than carried) to the curb. This ease in transport will be helpful, especially for older and physically restricted people. More types of materials will be accepted, and no sorting is required. SSR will also decrease the volume of waste stored in garbage carts. As we move to once-a-week garbage collection, this gives people the equivalent of another (smaller) cart.
City of San Marcos: Fewer trucks will mean less noise, pollution and wear on city streets. Increased citizen participation in recycling results in greater longevity for existing landfills.
Recycling Contractor: Automated lift trucks shorten pickup times resulting in reduced labor and truck costs and fewer job-related injuries. Use of trucks that are currently going back empty to San Antonio will decrease transportation costs.
At a time of escalating costs, SSR offers us a way to lock in fees for a service that is increasing in utility. The proposed increase of $1.77 per month is affordable and a good value for all the benefits provided.
Thank you very much for your consideration in this matter.
By Sustainable San Marcos