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Wimberley Will Switch to Single-Stream Recycling in January

Recycling container
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A 96-gallon recycling container in Austin. Wimberley residents will start seeing these in January when the city launches a single-stream recycling program.

The southwest Austin exurb of Wimberley, known for its active artistic community, is going to make it easier for people and businesses to reduce landfill waste.

In a news release issued this afternoon, the City of Wimberly said it's switching to a single stream recycling program, allowing both residents and businesses to throw all their recyclables into a single container without having to sort them first.  It's part of Wimberly's three-year contract extension with Texas Disposal Services.

Under the new arrangement, people will have their 18-gallon carts switched out for 96-gallon carts in January. TDS will also be accepting a wider range of recyclable materials, including paper (newspaper, office paper, shredded paper, junk mail, magazines, boxboard and cardboard); tin and aluminum (food or beverage cans); glass (unbroken glass and bottles of any color); and plastic containers (labeled PET 1-7).

Here's a two minute video showing how single-stream recycling works.