At Metro Waste Systems, We Strive to Make Recycling Easy and Convenient.
Update: Starting Monday, February 1, 2020, we will not longer accept glass bottles and/or jars in curbside recycling bins. Place used glass in the trash.
Update: Starting Monday, September 17, 2018, all recycling must be loose in the recycling container. We will no longer service bagged recycling. This is due to the new WM Recycling Facility we are using. They require all recycling be loose, for ease of separation and better recycling efforts.
Why are we no longer accepting Glass for Recycle?
The decision to remove glass from the single-stream recycling program was made due to current market conditions and after consulting with our recycling sorting center.
Glass creates three main problems for single-stream recycling:
- Glass is fragile. Glass containers placed in curbside recycling bins may break during collection and transport to recycling sorting centers. Broken glass is not recycled and contaminates bales of other more valuable recycled items, such as cardboard and metals. Contamination has become a major problem for the recycling industry in the past two years since China, the largest customer for recycled material, imposed strict standards on the quality of recycled material it accepts.
- Broken glass damages machinery and may pose a safety hazard.
- Glass is also heavy, which adds cost to transporting recyclables to and from recycling centers.
More About Recycling
It is important that when recycling, you ensure your recyclables make sure they are LOOSE and NOT IN BAGS. The curbside recycling bin program is designed to collect specific materials. Keep them loose, clean, and dry. And which items should never be put in the curbside recycling bin.
- Plastic Bottles and Containers - Turn the product over, look for the number inside the triangle. Numbers 1-7 are recyclable. Water bottles, yogurt containers, food containers. Please make sure it's empty and clean.
- Paper - Newspaper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, cereal boxes, frozen food boxes, phone books, are all examples.
- Cardboard - Must be clean, no stains, oil, and dry. Shipping boxes, file folders, poster board, cardboard boxes, shipping boxes, shoe boxes. Please break down boxes so that more recyclable material can fit in your bin.
- Metal Cans - Soda, vegetable, fruit, soup or tuna cans made of steel, tin, or aluminum.
Items that Should NEVER be Recycled:
Non-acceptable recyclable items and trash that are detected before servicing will be left behind. Unacceptable items will need to be placed in your trash cart so that the acceptable recycle items can be serviced on your following recycle service day. Continued contamination will result in fees added to your account and ultimately a termination of recycle service. Please be aware that contamination that is not detected until after carts are emptied into the truck (i.e. placed at bottom of cart) may result in the entire load being diverted to the landfill. Plastic containers filled with oil or hazardous material should be disposed of properly and not included in your recycle. You may call our office for more information.
Option for glass disposal:
Take glass (clean, unbroken beverage bottles and glass jars) to a Recycling Plant available to the public.
- TDS Starcrest Transfer Station, Hours: Mon-Friday from 8am-5pm, Phone: 210.494.0239, 11601 Starcrest Dr., San Antonio, TX 78247
Please Click Here to view our Recycle Guide.