City rolls out change in collected recyclables

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In a recent press release the city stated that the curbside recycling program with Republic Services has changed, following a contract update approved by the city council. Several items are being excluded from the recycling program because they are too expensive to process, having been deemed “unprofitable commodities.”

The acceptable recycling materials are now limited to:

• Flattened corrugated cardboard.

• Boxboard, or cereal and frozen food boxes.

• Plastic soda and water bottles, mouthwash bottles, peanut butter containers, salad dressing and vegetable oil containers, milk jugs, juice bottles; bleach, detergent and household cleaner bottles and shampoo bottles. This category must be cleaned before recycling.

• Steel, tin and aluminum cans.

• Empty aerosol cans.

Plastics numbered 3-7 are not eligible for recycling.
Definitions of these plastics:

• #3 – PVC (NOT RECYCLABLE)
• #4 – LDPE (NOT RECYCLABLE)
• #5 – PP (Rigid containers sized one gallon or larger are currently recyclable)
• #6 – PS (NOT RECYCLABLE)
• #7 – Other (NOT RECYCLABLE)
What about hard plastic without a number?
Most of these would be classified as #7, so they are also not recyclable.

According to the press release, “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.”  Additionally, a warning, “customers who use their recycling bins as a second garbage can are subject to have the green containers removed. A second garbage bin is available for an additional monthly cost.”

For more information, you can call the city at 325-486-3798 or visit their website. Republic Services can be reached at 325-481-7700 or their website.



Full press release from the city of San Angelo:

City OKs change in collected recyclables

Mixed papers and Nos. 3-7 plastics will no longer be accepted in the City’s curbside recycling program under a contract change the City Council approved today.

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.

“We are pleased to be able to continue to offer this service to our citizens, which contributes to both the preservation of natural resources and the extension of our landfill’s lifespan,” City Manager Daniel Valenzuela said. 

Customers who use their recycling bins as a second garbage can are subject to have the green containers removed. A second garbage bin is available for an additional monthly cost.

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