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San Antonio Recycling Program Facts

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Some Facts About San Antonio's Recycling Program :

  • Pickup of recyclables is once a week and differs depending on your neighborhood
  • Each household is given either an 18-gallon green bin or a blue recycling cart by the city
  • You can request a bin or cart by filling out this form.
  • Paper and Plastics:

    Paper: Most types of paper, such as ad circulars, catalogs, carbonless paper, dry goods packaging with liners removed (example: cereal, pasta, rice, beer/soda cartons) envelopes, file folders, flattened cardboard, junk mail, magazines, newspapers, office paper, paperback books, paper bags, paper towel/toilet paper cores, phone books, non-metallic gift wrap.

    Plastics: Labeled #1 through #7 on the package, look for a recycling logo on the bottom or back of the container. Remove lids and rinse. Examples: beverage bottle, shampoo and lotion bottles, meat trays, condiment bottles, prescription and medicine bottles.

    Glass and Metal:

    Glass Bottles and Jars All Colors: Remove lids and rinse all food and liquids. Examples: beverage bottles, food and condiment bottles and jars (jelly, mustard, mayonnaise).

    Metal Cans: Aluminum, steel and tin beverage and food cans, rinse all food or liquids, aerosol cans, empty and remove nozzle, baking tins, rinse and remove remaining food.

    Items You Can NOT Recyle:

    Though the San Antonio recycling program accepts many items that other cities don't, here is a list of the things that should not be put out with your other recyclabes:

  • Auto Parts and Motor Oil Containers
  • Clothing and Shoes
  • Plastic or wire coat hangers (some cleaners will recycle)
  • Diapers
  • Plastic Utensils
  • Syringes or Medical Items
  • Tissue or Toilet Paper
  • Recycling Facts:

    The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) tells us these recycling facts:

  • 56% of all paper used by households in America in 2007 was recycled - a whopping 360 lbs per person!
  • Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity
  • Recycling paper instead of making it from new material generates 74 percent less air pollution and uses 50 percent less water.
  • Producing recycled paper requires about 60 percent of the energy used to make paper from virgin wood pulp.
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