Change in trash service
Bulk trash pickup every other week begins April 3. The new service will alternate every other week with recyclable collection. Residential customers can learn when their bulk trash and their recyclables will be picked up with this map and this calendar. This interactive map is also available.
Tan garbage bins will continue to be emptied weekly.
The maps divide each collection day into a red zone and a blue zone. The calendar shows which weeks in each zone that bulk trash will be picked up and which weeks recyclables will be collected. The map, the calendar and lists of recyclable items and accepted bulk items will be inserted into customers’ March water bills.
Garbage and recyclables will continue to be picked up on the same day and in the same location for customers. Bulk items should be placed at least 3 feet away from the tan bin to avoid interfering with weekly trash collection.
Customers requested the change to more frequent bulk service, mainly to accommodate the collection of yard waste such as leaves and grass clippings. Yard waste, which is not recyclable, may also be placed in the tan bins.
Bulk items include furniture, appliances, mattresses, barbecue grills without propane tanks, toilets, carpeting, fencing, wooden pallets, bags of yard waste, and brush and limbs cut and bundled in lengths of no more than 4 feet.
Non-acceptable bulk items include household trash, tires, concrete, construction materials, glass, hazardous waste, roofing materials, propane tanks, soil and rocks. All except hazardous materials (such as paint) and propane tanks can be taken to the landfill. City water customers who bring a bill and a photo ID with a corresponding address to the landfill can get one free monthly dumping.
Beginning Monday, Feb. 27, customers may request a second green recycling bin at no cost by calling 325-657-4323 or visiting the Water Customer Service office at 122 W. 1st St., adjacent to City Hall. Those who request a second cart by the last week of March will receive the cart before April 1. Customers who request a second green bin after Oct. 1 will be charged a delivery fee of $21.18. Customers currently paying for a second recycling cart will have the charge removed from their account, effective April 1.
The City Council has also authorized the solid waste administrator to remove green recycling bins from customers who place garbage in them after being advised not to do so. San Angelo’s contamination rate – the amount of recyclables tainted by garbage – is approximately 35 percent.
FAQ’s about changes in trash service
When does the new service start? New service will begin on April 1, 2017.
Will my bill go up? No, the contracted rate for service will not increase as a result of the new service.
Will my collection day change with the new service? No, collection days will remain the same as they were prior to the changes in service.
Where do I set out my bulk items for collection? Bulk Items are collected in the same location as your trash. Do not block your tan trash cart with bulk items.
What can I set out for bulk collection and how much? There is a five-yard limit on bulk items. Items collected include appliances (refrigerators must have coolant removed and tagged), BBQ grills without propane tanks, small carpeting pieces, fencing, furniture, mattresses, toilets, wooden pallets, brush and limbs (cut and bundled with a 40-pound and 4-foot length maximum), bagged leaves and grass, weight benches.
How do I request a second recycling cart? Call the Water Customer Service office at 325-657-4323 or visit the office in person at 122 W. 1st St. There is no charge for a second green recycle cart. However, requests made after October 1, 2017, will be subject to a cart delivery fee of $21.18.
How do I request a 4-cubic yard dumpster for residential cleanup? Call Republic Services at 325-481-7700.
Under the new automated garbage collection and curbside recycling, each home’s tan-colored trash cart will be emptied on a weekly basis. Tan trash carts should be reserved for bagged household waste and bagged grass clippings and leaves. On the same day the tan cart is emptied, a separate truck will come by to empty the home’s green cart of the recyclables inside or pick up bulk trash items. With the exception of shredded paper, recyclables should not be bagged.
By 7 a.m. on collection day, customers should roll their carts, which are easy to move and maneuver, to their front curb or within 2 feet of the alley, depending upon a home's collection location. (Many customers put their carts out the evening before.) The cart’s handles should be facing backward, toward the home. Carts need to be placed at least 3 feet (approximately one medium-sized step) from each other, from trees and from mailboxes, and at least 5 feet from any parked vehicles. This ensures the carts can be emptied via the controls inside the new automated trucks.
Once emptied, customers should return their carts to their homes.
Additional carts will be available for a monthly fee of $5 for trash and $1.25 for recyclables. To receive additional trash and/or recycling bins, fill out this additional cart form.
Special pick-up services will be available at no additional charge to disabled customers who cannot move the carts. To receive that service, customers must fill out and submit this disability exemption request form.
As with any of Republic's services, if customers have questions, they can call Republic's offices at 325-481-7700 during business hours.
To view a PowerPoint presentation made to the City Council on March 17, click here.
What to recycle
Republic's curbside recycling is an all-in-one program, meaning all recyclables are placed into one bin with no sorting, though all recyclables must be clean, empty and dry. The following items should be placed in the green recycling cart:
- Paper – shredded paper along with newspapers and inserts, mail, magazines and catalogs, phone books and assorted, mixed paper.
- Plastics – jugs, bottles, tubs and cups.
- Cardboard – cereal boxes, paper or frozen food boxes, and corrugated cardboard.
- Cans – aluminum cans, clean food cans and aerosol cans.
What not to recycle
The following items should NOT be placed in recycling carts:
- Plastic grocery bags.
- Waxed cartons.
- Styrofoam, including food containers, cups and packing peanuts.
- Pill bottles.
- Plastic or metal clothes hangers.
- Light bulbs.
- Frozen food bags and chip bags.
- Hazardous or toxic product containers (ex. paint cans or lighter fluid containers).
- Food and wet waste.
- Food-contaminated paper plates and napkins.
- Appliances and electronics.
- Bubble wrap.
- Garden hoses.
- Rubber balls and sports equipment.
- Yard waste.
The San Angelo Friends of the Environment, or SAFE, recycling center at 702 Warehouse Road will continue to accept many items that should not be placed in recycling containers. This includes:
- Motor oil and filters.
- Plastic bags.
- Bubble wrap.
- Cell phones and house phones.
Republic will partner twice yearly with SAFE on electronics recycling events, with dates to be announced.
Republic Services is proud to be partnering with Butts Recycling in curbside recycling. Butts is engaged in a major expansion of its facility to sort and bale the recyclables collected.
Did you know?
By recycling one ton of paper, we save:
- 17 trees.
- Nearly 7,000 gallons of water.
- More than 3 cubic yards of landfill space.
- More than 4,000 kilowatt hours of energy.
Residential customers who have not received their carts should call Republic Services, the City’s contract garbage collection provider, at 325-481-7700. Customers must provide their account number, which is found on the monthly municipal services statement (aka the “water bill”) so Republic can verify they have trash service. Customers can also access their account numbers by calling the City’s Water Customer Service Division at 325-657-4323.