Public to help shape recycling program
Citizen input on the future of recycling in San Angelo will be sought at a series of three town hall forums throughout the community. The public gatherings will begin at 6 p.m. on:
- Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive.
- Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Southland Baptist Church, 4300 Meadow Creek Trail.
- Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Lincoln Middle School cafeteria, 255 Lake View Heroes Drive.
Representatives from the City of San Angelo and from Republic Services, the City’s contracted trash collection provider, will be on hand at each meeting to hear the public’s thoughts and to answer questions.
The Sept. 26 forum will be streamed live on SATV, Suddenlink channel 17, and on the City of San Angelo-Public Information Facebook page. Questions and comments posted on the City’s Facebook and Twitter (@CityofSanAngelo) pages will be incorporated into the discussion. SATV will later rebroadcast the forum.
The City is also conducting a short, online survey on local attitudes about recycling and its future.
Republic Services on Sept. 4 asked the City Council to consider changes in the curbside recycling program. Republic officials say changes are necessitated by China’s refusal to accept recyclable materials from other countries. That has caused a global crash in the price of recycled materials and an unforeseen change worldwide in the recycling industry.
Among the options Republic has offered are to temporarily suspend the marketing of recyclables collected at curbsides; changing the materials that are accepted; changing service levels, perhaps by adding drop-off sites; or moving to a subscription service for those interested in recycling.
Landfill accepts electronics
San Angelo residents will be able to recycle electronics at the City landfill, located at 3002 Old Ballinger Highway.
Republic Services accepts electronics from people with a photo ID that shows a San Angelo address. The landfill is open from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. The free service will be provided year-round.
Electronics that will be accepted include televisions, computers, stereos and cellphones. The landfill also accepts appliances, which can also be picked up during a household’s bulk trash pickup day every other week. The landfill does not accept batteries.
Recycling and bulk trash service
Bulk trash pickup alternates every other week with recyclable collection. Residential customers can learn when their bulk trash and their recyclables will be picked up with this map and this calendar. This interactive map is also available.
Tan garbage bins are emptied weekly.
The maps divide each collection day into a red zone and a blue zone. The calendar shows which weeks in each zone that bulk trash will be picked up and which weeks recyclables will be collected.
Garbage and recyclables are picked up on the same day and in the same location for customers. Bulk items should be placed at least 3 feet away from the tan bin to avoid interfering with weekly trash collection.
Bulk items include furniture, appliances, mattresses, barbecue grills without propane tanks, toilets, carpeting, fencing, wooden pallets, bags of yard waste, and brush and limbs cut and bundled in lengths of no more than 4 feet.
Non-acceptable bulk items include household trash, tires, concrete, construction materials, glass, hazardous waste, roofing materials, propane tanks, soil and rocks. All except hazardous materials (such as paint) and propane tanks can be taken to the landfill. City water customers who bring a bill and a photo ID with a corresponding address to the landfill can get one free monthly dumping.
Customers may request a second green recycling bin at no cost by calling 325-657-4323 or visiting the Water Customer Service office at 122 W. 1st St., adjacent to City Hall. Customers who request a second green bin after Oct. 1 will be charged a delivery fee of $21.18.
The City Council has also authorized the solid waste administrator to remove green recycling bins from customers who place garbage in them after being advised not to do so. San Angelo’s contamination rate – the amount of recyclables tainted by garbage – is approximately 35 percent.
Under the new automated garbage collection and curbside recycling, each home’s tan-colored trash cart will be emptied on a weekly basis. Tan trash carts should be reserved for bagged household waste and bagged grass clippings and leaves. On the same day the tan cart is emptied, a separate truck will come by to empty the home’s green cart of the recyclables inside or pick up bulk trash items. With the exception of shredded paper, recyclables should not be bagged.
By 7 a.m. on collection day, customers should roll their carts, which are easy to move and maneuver, to their front curb or within 2 feet of the alley, depending upon a home's collection location. (Many customers put their carts out the evening before.) The cart’s handles should be facing backward, toward the home. Carts need to be placed at least 3 feet (approximately one medium-sized step) from each other, from trees and from mailboxes, and at least 5 feet from any parked vehicles. This ensures the carts can be emptied via the controls inside the new automated trucks.
Once emptied, customers should return their carts to their homes.
Additional carts will be available for a monthly fee of $5.45 for trash and $1.36 for recyclables. To receive additional trash and/or recycling bins, fill out this additional cart form.
Special pick-up services will be available at no additional charge to disabled customers who cannot move the carts. To receive that service, customers must fill out and submit this disability exemption request form.
As with any of Republic's services, if customers have questions, they can call Republic's offices at 325-481-7700 during business hours.
To view a PowerPoint presentation made to the City Council on March 17, click here.
What to recycle
Republic's curbside recycling is an all-in-one program, meaning all recyclables are placed into one bin with no sorting, though all recyclables must be clean, empty and dry. The following items should be placed in the green recycling cart:
- Paper – shredded paper along with newspapers and inserts, mail, magazines and catalogs, phone books and assorted, mixed paper.
- Plastics – jugs, bottles, tubs and cups.
- Cardboard – cereal boxes, paper or frozen food boxes, and corrugated cardboard.
- Cans – aluminum cans, clean food cans and aerosol cans.
What not to recycle
The following items should NOT be placed in recycling carts:
- Plastic grocery bags.
- Waxed cartons.
- Styrofoam, including food containers, cups and packing peanuts.
- Pill bottles.
- Plastic or metal clothes hangers.
- Light bulbs.
- Frozen food bags and chip bags.
- Hazardous or toxic product containers (ex. paint cans or lighter fluid containers).
- Food and wet waste.
- Food-contaminated paper plates and napkins.
- Appliances and electronics.
- Bubble wrap.
- Garden hoses.
- Rubber balls and sports equipment.
- Yard waste.
Other recycling options
- Butts Recycling, 615 W. 11th St., accepts cardboard, chip board, paper feedsacks and paper bags, plastic No. 1 and No. 2; newspapers including inserts, office paper, magazines, catalogs, phone books, hard and soft bound books, steel and tin cans, aluminum beverage cans, pet food cans that have been washed with labels removed, and bean dip, Vienna sausage and sardine aluminum cans.
Butts is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. There is no fee. There are no drop-offs after hours. FMI: 325-653-8957
- San Angelo city residents with their most recent water bill and a photo ID with a corresponding address can also drop off e-waste such as computers, TVs, printers, copiers, fax machines, ink cartridges, DVD and VHS players, CDs and VHS tapes at the San Angelo Landfill. There is a small fee for non-City residents.
The landfill is open 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. FMI: 325-481-7701
Mixed metals and e-waste can be taken to Ric Abbott Co., 6577 U.S. Highway 67 South. Call 325-656-4087 for hours.
Mixed metals and appliances without Freon can be taken to:
- ACME Iron & Metal, 720 N. Buchanan St., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. FMI: 325-653-1407
- Big Country Recycling, 5117 Armstrong St., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. FMI: 325-949-5865
- Concho Iron & Metal, 1000 Upton St. Call 325-657-8191 for hours.
Republic Services is proud to be partnering with Butts Recycling in curbside recycling. Butts is engaged in a major expansion of its facility to sort and bale the recyclables collected.
Did you know?
By recycling one ton of paper, we save:
- 17 trees.
- Nearly 7,000 gallons of water.
- More than 3 cubic yards of landfill space.
- More than 4,000 kilowatt hours of energy.