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San Marcos Downsizing Trash Carts

Updated: Thursday, July 31 2014, 06:30 PM CDT

San Marcos is the fastest growing city of its size in America.  With that kind of growth not much is shrinking, except the size of its 96-gallon trash carts. 

If the trash won't fit in the cart now, just wait. 

"This one is a 96 gallon, typically what you would find in most residential services, and this is a 65 gallon," said San Marcos Solid Waste Coordinator Amy Kirwin. 

The City of San Marcos is downsizing. It's reducing the size of its trash carts by 30 gallons to cut back on the amount of garbage being dumped at landfills. 

"We don't want to have more landfills," said Kirwin. "Nobody wants to live next to a landfill." 

Olivia Keen likes the idea of creating less trash. 

"This is our recycle and this is our trash," said Keen. "We try to recycle everything." 

But, she isn't convinced that reducing the size of the trash carts by one-third is practical. 

"The trash can, it still gets pretty full," said Keen. "With roommates and friends coming over, trash starts to pile up." 

San Marcos expects around 10 to 15 percent of customers to keep the 96 gallon carts. The rest of customers are expected to exchange their bigger carts for the new 65 gallon size.

"Most of the people aren't filling up their trash carts," said Kirwin. 

San Marcos customers will be put to the test October 1.That's when the older trash carts will be replaced by the new smaller ones. Customers who want to keep the bigger carts will have to pay at least $3 more a month.

By Bettie Cross

San Marcos Downsizing Trash Carts

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