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March 27th, 2009
First graders help kick off single-stream recycling


First grade students at Crockett Elementary School helped the city of San Marcos and Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) begin single stream recycling this week. The new recycling system will accept an expanded list of recycled materials and will allow residential solid waste customers to put all their recyclables, unsorted, into a larger cart provided by TDS.

City and school officials joined the students Wednesday to put the first unsorted recyclable materials into a new 96-gallon cart. TDS is delivering the green carts with tan lids this week and next week to about 6,700 residential solid waste customers and collecting the old 18-gallon recycling bins.

“We are delighted to have these young citizens participate in the inaugural event for expanding our recycling program,” said Mayor Susan Narvaiz. “Our goal is to increase the number of participants and the amount of materials that 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.”

Joining the city in the event were San Marcos CISD Superintendent Patty Shafer, Crockett School Principal Rick LaBuhn, teacher Angela Rowe and 21 first grade students at Crockett Elementary.

“There is a Native American proverb that says: We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children,” said Dr. 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 own children. 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.”

City officials participating in the kickoff were Mayor Narvaiz, Mayor Pro Tem Pam Couch, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Kim Porterfield, and city council members Pam Couch, Kim Porterfield, John Thomaides and Fred Terry. Staff members included City Manager Rick Menchaca, Director of Public Services Tom Taggart and Operations Manager Oscar Hairell. Rick Fraumann, Director of Sales and Customer Care for TDS, represented the company that provides solid waste services to San Marcos residents.

“Texas Disposal Systems is proud to help bring single stream recycling to the City of San Marcos,” said Fraumann. “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 area landfills will decrease.  That’s good for our community and our environment.”

TDS will pick up the old recycling bins and deliver the new single stream recycling carts this week and next week. Residents are asked to put the old 18-gallon bins at the curb on their collection day.
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:

  • Monday: April 6
  • Tuesday: April 14
  • Wednesday: April 8
  • Thursday: April 16
  • Friday: April 10

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:

  • 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
  • Plastic containers labeled PET 1-7

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

For more information, call Public Services at (512) 393-8026 or visit works/trash_service.htm or


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