Mayor Susan Narvaiz announced today that San Marcos is participating in the Cans for Cash – City Recycling Challenge during the month of October.
The nationwide contest is sponsored by The U.S. Conference of Mayors, Novelis Inc., and Keep America Beautiful. It challenges cities across the country to collect recyclable aluminum beverage cans and develop innovative ideas for promoting recycling.
“This challenge is a great, fun way to remind people in our community to recycle, which is so important to the quality of life we enjoy,” said Mayor Narvaiz. “This event is part of efforts to raise awareness about recycling as the City Council makes policy decisions to move to single stream services and a goal of creating recycling options for multifamily residents.”
The San Marcos campaign will be called “Cantober” and it will culminate in a “Cantoberfest” event on Saturday, October 25, 2008, she noted.
The contest promotes how local action to recycle will help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Aluminum produced from recycled cans uses only 5 percent of the energy required to produce it from raw materials, which also means that up to 95 percent of the related greenhouse gas emissions are avoided.
This year’s City Recycling Challenge will last all month, starting on October 1 and ending on October 31. San Marcos will be competing with other cities of the same size for awards which are to be used to support recycling efforts through local education and awareness programs.
Special can collection activities will take place during the San Marcos River Cleanup on October 11, the Household Hazardous Waste Collection on October 18, and Farmer Fred’s Fall Carnival on October 25. In addition to residential curbside recycling and other citywide recycling campaigns, aluminum beverage cans may be dropped off at Green Guy Recycling or at the City of San Marcos Public Works office.
Cantober is a collaboration including the City of San Marcos, Texas State University, Green Guy Recycling, and Sustainable San Marcos.
“Recycling is easy to do and great for our community and environment,” Mayor Narvaiz said. “By showing our community is committed to recycling, we’re demonstrating this is a great place to live. Don’t throw it away…recycle your aluminum cans.”
by MELISSA MILLECAM
Communications Director – City of San Marcos