A Word About Recycling with Ollie Maier

Before the holidays, a reader suggested it might be beneficial to others to remind them what is recyclable and what is contamination – or maybe even trash. Thus today I intended to try to cover what is recyclable at the Green Guy Recycling Services drop-off site in San Marcos.

However, I discovered they have a website that explains it or goes into greater detail much better than the space of this column would allow, plus you can check it out anytime you desire and it has great photos. The website is: greenguyrecycling.com.

When you pull it up, you will find there are several parts you can click on for various information. There is even one that helps advise you where you might take something in case the dropoff site can’t recycle it.

Interestingly enough, even though I have been taking things there for over 20 years, from the website I discovered things I didn’t know. For example I didn’t realize they helped recycle 20 million pounds of materials each year or the awards they have received.

I also didn’t know they had about 20 workers to help you in your recycling efforts and to process all the materials brought in. In a photo of them, you will see the previous owner who started the effort and through his imagination and effort watched it grow from just a small operation with the containers for the materials on the ground into a completely concreted area.

From the website, you can also get info on what might be available at the buy-back area – which I found can save bucks – plus the prices you can receive for certain metals. Additionally, you can see the times and days you can dispose of Household Hazardous Waste in the city’s area set aside for this service – across from the large H.E.B.

Note: If you don’t have a computer or access to the web, you can ask for their handouts with much of this information at their dropoff site.

So you won’t think I am impartial to them, in future columns I will try to get information on the curbside program, what the university is doing, etc.

To finish out this column for today, here is the monthly report for December of what citizens recycled at the drop-off site:

  • Metals: 2,094,793 lbs
  • Cardboard: 174,433 lbs
  • Paper: 44,020 lbs
  • Glass: 28,396 lbs
  • Plastic: 18,740 lbs
  • Electronics: 1,271 lbs
  • Monitors: 6,611 lbs
  • Used oil: 960 gallons
  • Used oil Filters: 200 pieces
  • Tires: 282

Plus the normal amount of printer cartridges, rechargeable batteries, Styrofoam peanuts and reusables.

We should all be very proud of these amounts, plus that of curbside recycling and other local dropoff sites.

Note: Next week, we will have the totals for Green Guy’s Recycling Service Drop-off site for the year 2017. I think you will be very favorably impressed – I know I was

Till next week, do have a great one...

--Ollie is a local citizen concerned with the environment and helping others. A retired Air Force fighter and instructor pilot, he is a graduate of Leadership San Marcos and received his degrees at Texas State University where he worked on staff before totally retiring. For questions or comments, he invites you to call him at 512-353-7432 or e-mail omaier@txstate.edu.

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