San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz, center, launches a six-month pilot program at Sanctuary Lofts and seven other complexes to test recycling for San Marcos apartment residents. Left to right: Texas State graduate student Davin Bjornaas, Sanctuary Lofts property managers Lori Salinas and Brian Hawthorne, Narvaiz, Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) Director of Sales Rick Fraumann, Rafaela Cruz of the city’s public services department, Ryan Beard of TDS, and Jo Secrest of the city’s public services department. Photo by Don Anders.
Responding to demand from residents, City of San Marcos officials and Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) have begun a pilot program that that will make San Marcos one of the few cities in the nation to offer a recycling program for apartment residents.
Starting this week, the program gives apartment dwellers at eight multi-family locations on-site access to recycling for the first time.
The city is paying for the six-month pilot that will cover about 600 units in the eight complexes. Approximately 67 percent of the San Marcos population lives in apartments.
“San Marcos is ahead of the national curve to offer this pilot multi-family recycling program,” San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz said. “We want to continue to establish San Marcos as a community that is responsible and sustainable.”
Multi-family facilities in the city’s pilot program are Garden Oaks, Bishop Corner, Chestnut Place, Sundance, Mockingbird Mobile Home Park, C.M. Allen Homes, Mariposa and Sanctuary Lofts Apartments.
San Marcos officials say they received requests for recycling services at multifamily residences from Texas State students, senior citizens and other residents. Last summer, the city fielded surveys and hosted public meetings to gather feedback that helped shape the pilot program.
Each unit in the pilot program will receive a six-gallon recycling bin to collect materials. Residents will empty the bins in 96-gallon recycling carts located near the outdoor trash containers at the complexes.
To test the program, a portion of the complexes will have source-separated recycling bins while the rest will have single-stream recycling services.
TDS will hold ongoing educational meetings at participating apartment complexes, demonstrating what can and cannot be recycled and the proper way to sort recyclables.
“Recycling is a simple concept, but it’s important to keep educating people about the need and proper way to do it,” said Rick Fraumann, Director of Sales for TDS. “We’re committed to making this program a success so that everyone in San Marcos can recycle conveniently.”
Items that can be recycled include all colors of empty glass bottles, empty aluminum and tin cans, plastic containers #1-#7, cardboard and boxboard, paper, including newspaper, junk mail, magazines, office paper
Items that cannot be recycled include plastic bags, plastic cups, garbage, Styrofoam, pizza boxes, light bulbs, broken glass, batteries, hazardous or medical waste, frozen food boxes, pet food bags or sharp metal.
At the end of six months, the city will evaluate results and determine if and how the program can be implemented at apartments citywide.
Portland, San Diego and Seattle are the only cities in the nation where recycling services are offered to all apartment dwellers.Email | Print