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San Marcos kicks off single stream recycling

STAFF REPORT

First grade students at Crockett Elementary School helped the City of San Marcos and Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) kick off San Marcos’ new single stream recycling program on March 25.

The new system, administered by TDS, will accept an expanded list of recycled materials, and allows residents to put all their recyclables into a single unsorted container for pickup.

“We are delighted to have these young citizens participate in the inaugural event for expanding our recycling program,” said San Marcos Mayor Susan Naraviz. “Our goal is to increase the number of participants, and the amount of materials we recycle. Recycling will have a direct impact on the future of our children, and the quality of the environment they will have when they grow up.”

Also representing the city were City Manager Rick Menchaca, Director of Public Services Tom Taggart and Operations Manager Oscar Hairell.

San Marcos CISD Superintendent Patty Shafer, along with Crockett Principal Rick LaBuhn and teacher Angela Rowe, was also present for the festivities.

“There is a Native American proverb that says, ‘We do not inherit the earth form our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.,'” said Shafer. “San Marcos CISD is proud to partner with the City of San Marcos in this exemplary recycling effort, and it could not be more appropriate than to initiate the campaign with our community’s children.”

Shafer continued, “It is our responsibility to teach them to be good stewards of our environment and natural resources, and the best way to teach is by example.”

Rick Fraumann, TDS Director of Sales and Customer Care, came out to witness the start of the program, saying, “Texas Disposal Systems is proud to help bring single stream recycling to the City of San Marcos. Single stream recycling makes it easier for more people to recycle more materials. By making it more convenient, total recycling participation in San Marcos is expected to increase, while the amount of waste going into landfills will decrease. That’s good for our community and our environment.”

TDS will begin single stream services beginning the weeks of April 6 and 13, on the same days as residential trash pickup. Residents are asked to put their old 18-gallon recycling bins out on the curb for pickup on their collection days.

Recyclables will be collected every other week, and the first recycling collections fall on the following days:

Residents will receive flyers with the dates and times they will get their new recycling carts, which should be delivered the same week collection begins.

The expanded list of recyclables includes:

Disposable plastic bags, oven ready disposable plastic meat trays, any form of Styrofoam, pizza boxes, any food containers that may still have residue, light bulbs, pet food bags, plastic bags, batteries and basic trash will not be accepted.

For more information call Public Services at (512) 393-8026, or visit its website. Information is also available at the TDS website as well.

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#1 Comment By Steve Harvey On 03/29/2009 @ 11:06 pm

It was pretty amazing to hear our Mayor say this is, “one of the most important projects that we’re going to do in the history of our city” (as observed at the very end of the online video clip on the March 25th Crockett event).

#2 Comment By Angel On 03/30/2009 @ 10:22 am

I have heard that an RIFD chip is in the handle of the new recycling receptacles any one know this to be so? Any way, we plan on taking our recyclables to Green Guy.

#3 Comment By Angel On 03/30/2009 @ 2:33 pm

Got off the phone with TDS and yes there is an RIFD chip in the recycle bins and their reason being, “in case your neighbor mistakes theirs for yours.”

#4 Comment By Townie On 03/30/2009 @ 2:51 pm

You conspiracy nuts really need to get a grip, or maybe switch to decaf. Not everything that has a RIFD chip means Big Brother or an overreaching government.

#5 Comment By Dan On 03/30/2009 @ 3:17 pm

Steve, Amazing the mayor said that because she fought this program and voted for it anyway? Ya’ll need to get over the RFID chip paranoia.

#6 Comment By Angel On 03/30/2009 @ 3:34 pm

Maybe you are right maybe you are wrong.

#7 Comment By Angel On 03/30/2009 @ 3:35 pm

But Townie if you are wrong then how will you and your neighbors rectify that.