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Single-stream recycling starts in April


San Marcos residents will begin swapping out their 18-gallon recycling bins for 96-gallon carts between March 23 and April 3 as the city prepares for “single stream recycling.”

The new recycling system will allow residential solid waste customers to put all their recyclables, unsorted, into a large cart with a tan lid provided by Texas Disposal Systems.

TDS will pick up the old bins and deliver the new carts over the next two weeks. Residents are asked to put the 18-gallon bin at the curb on their collection day after March 23.

Beginning the weeks of April 6 and April 13, TDS will begin single stream recycling on the same day as residential trash pickup, collecting recyclables every other week. The first recycling collection for residents will fall on these dates:

Recycling pick up will then happen every other week on the customer’s trash collection day. Customers will receive fliers with the dates and recycling information when they receive their recycling carts.

An expanded list of recycled materials will be accepted, including:

Items that will not be accepted include disposable plastic bags, ovenable meat trays, Styrofoam in any form (take out containers, egg cartons, packaging), pizza boxes or broken glass.

For information, call Public Services at (512) 393-8026 or visit online at www.sanmarcostx.gov/departments/public works/trash_service.htm .