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August 5th, 2009
San Marcos nearly doubles recycling with single-stream program

SUBMITTED REPORT

The City of San Marcos and Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) announced today that residential solid waste customers have almost doubled the amount of recyclable materials being collected thanks to the introduction of single stream recycling.

The initial three-month totals for April, May and June reveal that an average of 101 tons of recyclable materials per month are now being collected from San Marcos residents.

That compares to approximately 52 tons of recyclable materials per month collected in the three months prior to the launch of single stream. The increase represents a jump in the monthly San Marcos recyclable materials of more than 95 percent.

Recycling reduced the amount of solid waste going to the landfill by an additional 147 tons in the first three months.

“We are delighted to see the big increase in community participation in recycling and the reduction in what we send to the landfill,” said Mayor Susan Narvaiz. “We encourage our citizens to participate in this program and to take advantage of the expanded list of materials that can be recycled. 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.”

Launched at the beginning of April, single stream recycling in San Marcos has expanded the list of acceptable materials and allowed residential solid waste customers to put all their recyclables, unsorted, into a larger cart provided by TDS.

The expanded list of recycled materials now accepted includes paper (newspaper, office paper, shredded paper, junk mail, magazines, boxboard and cardboard); tin and aluminum (food or beverage cans); glass (unbroken glass and bottles of any color); and plastic containers (labeled PET 1-7).

Rick Fraumann, Director of Sales and Customer Care for TDS, noted that while San Marcos’ enthusiasm for single stream is extremely strong, it does not come as a surprise.

“Texas Disposal Systems is proud to partner with San Marcos, a community known for setting high standards and a commitment to doing things right,” said Fraumann. “By making recycling more convenient, San Marcos residents are now diverting more waste away from area landfills. By doing so, we all win.”

In a presentation to the San Marcos City Council, TDS also unveiled its plans to launch the first residential recycling incentives rewards program in Central Texas.

The SMART (Select Materials Are Reused for Tomorrow) Rewards program is scheduled to begin later this year and will offer residential customers an opportunity to receive incentives in the form of coupons to local businesses just for taking part in single stream recycling. The free program will be available to all San Marcos residential single stream customers who elect to take part.

“We believe recycling should be rewarded and that’s why we’re starting the SMART Rewards program,” said Fraumann. “SMART Rewards partners with local businesses and the community to make recycling truly rewarding.”

TDS’ SMART Rewards program is designed to provide San Marcos with greater incentive for single stream recycling, offer rewards for helping the environment, while also working to promote local businesses.

Details on the program and specifics on how to take part will soon be mailed to all residential customers. For additional information about SMART Rewards, visit www.tdssmartrewards.com.

For information about single stream recycling in San Marcos, call Public Services at 512.393.8026, or visit www.sanmarcostx.gov/recycle or www.texasdisposal.com/singlestream.htm

— FROM THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS/MELISSA MILLECAM

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One thought on “San Marcos nearly doubles recycling with single-stream program

  1. This is great news. Personally, I could go for weekly recycling pickup and every other week for trash pickup.

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