City Guide: City Council sets goal of 60-percent recycling rate city-wide by 2020

As part of the City’s declared “Pathway to zero waste,” City Council passed an ordinance in December requiring that those living in the city’s some 140,000 apartment units be given easy access to recycling bins at their complexes. While the city’s solid waste department collects garbage and recycling from homes all over San Antonio, apartment complexes and businesses are starting to contract with private haulers to remove their reusable materials. Local leaders are hoping that by April 2012, when the law goes into full effect, apartments will start redirecting much of an estimated 150 million pounds of apartment waste to recycling centers. The city council has set the goal of reaching a 60-percent recycling rate city-wide by 2020.

Read more from our 2011 City Guide here.