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Mayor Don Keil proclaims November 15th as America Recycles Day in Seguin

SEGUIN, Texas – The city is promoting our recycling pick-up services through the month of November. America Recycles Day is part of that campaign.

Mayor Don Keil signed a proclamation Tuesday morning declaring November 15th America Recycles Day in Seguin. This is the second year, the city has participated in the nationwide Keep America Beautiful initiative.

City staff, council members and representatives of Progressive Waste Solutions were on hand to recognize the growing need to reduce, reuse and recycle.

“I fill up my blue bin every week. To make it easier, I have a recycle-only basket in my kitchen. When that’s full, I dump that into the big recycling bin. My husband calls it ‘the Save the Planet’ basket,” said Jet Crabb, City Council District 2.

Overall, the majority of residents are taking advantage of the convenient “no-sort” recycle service and are increasingly diverting trash from landfills.

Olivia De Leon, utilities assistant, reports that residents wrapped up the 2015 fiscal year with 59% of using their blue recycling bins, “That’s up from 42 percent from September 2014. When we compared our participation rate to neighboring cities, our numbers were very impressive. We hope to continue our upward trend during our 3rd year of the program.”

San Antonio reported a 31% participation rate, the US average is 35%, and New Braunfels is 57%. 1,251 tons of recyclable material was transported to the San Antonio collection facility to be sorted and processed into new products. That is 85 more tons than the previous fiscal year’s total.

You can join the effort to promote recycling in our community by posting a photo on Facebook and Twitter with #AmericaRecyclesDaySeguin and #GreeninSeguin. The city will choose a winner who will be featured in the 2016 Guide to a Greener Seguin. You can check out the 2015 edition at http://issuu.com/guidetoagreenerseguin/docs/2015_ggs

You can sign the pledge to recycle more at  http://americarecyclesday.org/pledge/

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Click here for news release. Click here to read proclamation.

Posted by: Morgan Ash