Did you know that San Antonio's city-sponsored recycling program is the largest of its kind in the entire state of Texas? It really is a win-win program -- the city sells the recycled materials for money to cover the cost of the weekly pickups while residents get to help the environment without reaching into their pocketbooks.
Some Facts About San Antonio's Recycling Program [li] Pickup of recyclables is once a week and differs depending on your neighborhood [br]
[li] Each household is given either an 18-gallon green bin or a blue recycling cart by the city [br]
[li] You can request a bin or cart by filling out [link url=http://www.sanantonio.gov/sacr/form.asp?Category=Recycle%20Bin%20Request&Dept=ES]this form. [/link] [br]
Paper and PlasticsA list of the items you can recycle:
[b]Paper:[/b] 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.
[b]Plastics:[/b] Labeled #1 through #7 on the package, look for a recycling logo on the bottom or back of the container. Remove lids and rinse any remaining food or liquids from containers or trays. Examples include: beverage bottle, shampoo and lotion bottles, meat trays, condiment bottles, prescription and medicine bottles.
Glass and MetalA list of items you can recycle:
[b]Glass Bottles and Jars All Colors:[/b] Remove lids and rinse all food and liquids. Examples: beverage bottles, food and condiment bottles and jars (jelly, mustard, mayonnaise).
[b] Metal Cans:[/b] 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 RecyleThough 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:
[li] Auto Parts and Motor Oil Containers [br]
[li] Clothing and Shoes [br]
[li] Plastic or wire coat hangers (some cleaners will recycle)[br]
[li] Diapers [br]
[li] Plastic Utensils [br]
[li] Syringes or Medical Items [br]
[li] Tissue or Toilet Paper [br]
Recycling FactsThe EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) tells us these recycling facts:
[li] 56% of all paper used by households in America in 2007 was recycled - a whopping 360 lbs per person! [br]
[li] 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 [br]
[li] Recycling paper instead of making it from new material generates 74 percent less air pollution and uses 50 percent less water. [br]
[li] Producing recycled paper requires about 60 percent of the energy used to make paper from virgin wood pulp. [br]