San Antonio expands organic recycling program

S.A. expands organic recycling program

SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio's "Pay as you Go" trash program is once again expanding. 

The organic recycling program will be rolled out to the entire city Oct. 1 to continue the city's efforts toward more sustainability. 

Right now, the city of San Antonio sees about 8,000 tons of organic waste each year, but with the expansion of the organic recycling program, they expect this to grow to 50,000 tons each year.

The Waste Management Department is hoping to get residents thinking greener.

"(It) will allow residents to recycle more and throw less away," said Tiffany Edmonds, public information officer for San Antonio Solid Waste Management.

The city hopes this will help achieve their 60 percent residential recycling goal by 2025.

"What we are trying to do is become more sustainable," Edmonds said. "So that is a opportunity (for) a lot more items that you can give back to nature, and we will do that through a composting ability."

When the organics arrive to the composting site, you can find everything from leaves to shredded paper to food waste.

The organics then go into the composting process for six to eight months. Then it's bagged and sold as potting soil at New Earth, becoming a sustainable solution in the fight against greenhouse emissions. 

"San Antonio is definitely leading the charge. No other city in the state of Texas has such a robust organics program," New Earth Compost President Clayton Leonard said.

"We encourage people to see how beneficial this is," Edmonds said. "You start at your home and then it turns back into our community, and that's what it's all about."

The first phase of the green bins will be rolled out in October, with the second wave starting in April. 

For a full list of acceptable organic items to recycle, visit San Antonio's Solid Waste Management Department's website



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