San Antonio: Tips for a Sustainable Thanksgiving

CONTACT: Marcus Lee, 210-207-6463

SAN ANTONIO (November 24, 2021) – The Solid Waste Management Departments reminds San Antonio residents that since Thanksgiving gatherings are centered around food, there are greater opportunities to use the City's Organics program, especially for compostable materials. As the favorite recipes are prepared, the program accepts peels, rinds, nuts, shells, husks, trimmings, cores, herbs and stems in the green cart. For any leftovers, drier foods such as stuffing, bread and baked goods, potatoes, cobs, cheese and similar dishes are preferable. All material in the green cart is turned into nutrient-rich compost. Yard trimmings are accepted also as people begin raking their yards and cutting the grass.

The Department offers these great tips for food waste to keep the green cart clean. Use a plastic kitchen bin and place a craft-size plain brown paper bag inside. In the bottom place a small amount of shredded paper or unused paper towels.  Put all food scraps in the bin and keep it in the freezer until your collection day. Roll it up tightly and place in the green cart. It will be just fine even if your cart is not collected until late in the day.

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Food-soiled paper is also compostable. This includes pizza boxes, coffee filters, tea bags and paper to-go food packaging. The Solid Waste Department hopes you and your family enjoy the holidays while keeping San Antonio sustainable.

Compost made from the green cart program meets the standards of the US Composting Council to receive the Seal of Testing Assurance (STA) certification as the highest quality compost. The compost is available for purchase from the composting company Atlas Organics but frequently compost is donated to community and school garden projects, city parks and other San Antonio beautification projects. The Organics program is considered recycling because the tonnage is diverted from the landfill. The Department ended FY 2021 with a 39.5% recycling rate. Of the total tonnage of all material collected by the SWMD, that was percentage reclaimed and not landfilled.

For complete information on the program's accepted and non-accepted items, visit

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