Reaching San Antonio’s waste goal will require a shift in mindset among many residents, with some businesses leading the way.
City staff anticipate the higher fees will bring an additional $6,088,594 to Solid Waste’s operating and maintenance fund and an additional $1,012,259 to fund stormwater operations.
Re-Mat is a San Antonio nonprofit focused on recycling old mattresses – a product which currently has few recycling options in Texas.
Statistics and visits to some of Fiesta’s early events indicate that organizers have made it easier for attendees to recycle and avoid littering.
Solid Waste Director David McCary says that diaper contamination costs the city $1.2 million a year in charges from its recycling contractor.
San Antonio’s Solid Waste Management Department is weighing a $50 fee for residents who toss used diapers in recycling and organics bins.
Almost every one of us is guilty of not living up to our own standards. Why not use the election to redouble our individual commitments?
The City of San Antonio, with its recycling partner company Recommunity, has introduced a new fine for bulky trash items placed in recycling bins in an attempt to reduce unusable refuse from their collections.
Editor’s Note: This commentary was submitted by the City of San Antonio’s Center City Development and Operations interim Director John Jacks, Solid Waste Management Director David McCary and Chief Sustainability Officer Doug Melnick.
We encourage residents and visitors to take pride in our city while enjoying a healthier and “greener” Fiesta experience this year.