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:

  • Flattened corrugated cardboard.
  • Boxboard, cereal and frozen food boxes.
  • No. 1 and 2 plastics. No. 1 plastics include soda and water bottles, mouthwash bottles, peanut butter containers, salad dressing and vegetable oil containers. The latter three should be cleaned before recycling. No. 2 plastics include milk jugs, juice bottles; bleach, detergent and household cleaner bottles; and shampoo bottles.
  • Steel, tin and aluminum cans.
  • Empty aerosol cans.

What not to recycle

The following items should NOT be placed in recycling carts:

  • Mixed papers
  • Nos. 3-7 plastics 
  • Plastic grocery bags.
  • Waxed cartons.
  • Batteries.
  • Styrofoam, including food containers, cups and packing peanuts.
  • Glass.
  • Foil.
  • 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.
  • Tires.
  • Wood.
  • Yard waste.

Curbside recycling 

Under the automated garbage collection and curbside recycling program, 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, 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. 

    Recycling and bulk trash service

    Bulk trash pickup alternates every other week with recyclable collection. Tan garbage bins are emptied weekly.

    When is my next bulk or recycle collection? (Click on the link below for your region) 

    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.

    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.

    Paper, Nos. 3-7 plastics no longer accepted recyclables 

    All paper and Nos. 3-7 plastics are no longer accepted the City’s curbside recycling program.

    Those items are being excluded from the recycling stream because they are not profitable commodities. The acceptable recycling materials are:

    • Flattened corrugated cardboard.
    • Boxboard, cereal and frozen food boxes.
    • No. 1 and 2 plastics. No. 1 plastics include soda and water bottles, mouthwash bottles, peanut butter containers, salad dressing and vegetable oil containers. The latter three should be cleaned before recycling. No. 2 plastics include milk jugs, juice bottles; bleach, detergent and household cleaner bottles; and shampoo bottles.
    • Steel, tin and aluminum cans.
    • Empty aerosol cans.

    Customers will continue to receive curbside recycling pickup every other week, alternating with bulk pickup on their collection day. There will be no change in the rates customers pay.

    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.

    Butts Recycling

    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.