If spring cleaning is on your agenda this week, you could get someone to help you for free.

The city has come up with many new ways to take out the trash and keep the city cleaner while recycling more material.

It's a real San Antonio success story.

Being wise about waste is a matter of money. A study released today by Texans for Clean Water revealed that every year more than $6.5 million dollars is spent here to deal with illegal dumping and litter collection.

With regard to tossing items correctly, everyday city crews are clawing their way to an ambitious goal with bulky item and brush collection, trying to reach a goal of keeping 60 percent of municipal waste out of landfills by the year 2025.

Today, the rate is almost 32 percent and progress is being made.

David Newman of the City’s Solid Waste division said San Antonians are doing an exceptional job of participating in these programs correctly.

"We made a change a few years ago to separate brush from bulky material and it has worked really well. Our customers get it. And all that brush does not go to the landfill but it goes to these recycle centers and it gets turned into mulch or compost, and that's 100-thousand tons just from last year alone." Newman said

In addition to keeping the brush out of the landfill, Newman said homeowners receive an additional benefit because the mulch produced from brush collection efforts is free for the taking.

The free mulch is available at both the Bitters Brush Recycling Center located at 1800 Wurzbach Parkway and the Nelson Gardens Brush Recycling Center located at 8963 Nelson Rd. Both locations are open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm seven days a week.

Blue recycling bins are an important part of the plan as well. Every year, more than 70-thousand tons of material is being kept out of landfills with the city’s curbside recycling program.

And the green carts that collect other organic material will be in every local home by the end of next month.

The green bins will allow the city to recycle leaves, grass and food waste.

There are a number of other free or easy to arrange services like Dial-A-Trailer and special collections.

The city has developed an app to make accessing all of these services fast and easy.

To learn more about all of these programs, here is a link to their home page.