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San Marcos Sustainability


Arbor Day

In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees, and this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska. Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world. Trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife, and trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires and countless other wood products. Trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our community, and trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal.

Recognized as a Tree Campus USA School in 2011 through 2017 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor Corp., the Texas State University will continue its mission to balance campus development and environmental health.


Green Guy Recycling

January 3, 1995, with only 3 employees, Kyle Hahn opened the doors of Green Guy Recycling. During the first year, Green Guy recycled 1 million pounds of material. The company now has 25 employees and recycles over 20 million pounds per year.

In the summer of 2014, the San Marcos City Council awarded Green Guy a 5 year contract to operate the public drop off center, collect recyclables from city facilities and city sponsored events, and provide labor for the Household Hazardous Waste Collection site.


Keep San Marcos Beautiful

Keep San Marcos Beautiful is a city initiative established in 2009 in order to promote keeping the city’s environment visually and physically pristine. This is achieved through our programs consisting of litter removal and prevention, community beautification, and environmental education. We strive to efficiently use our resources within city departments, as well as partnerships with organizations and individuals to advocate for a cleaner and healthier city. By working as one, we can improve the environment in which we all live, work, and play.


San Marcos Recycling and Waste Management

Resource Recovery is a division of the Community Services Department. Its mission is to manage the solid waste services in San Marcos by providing an integrated solid waste system that is responsive to the City's vision and growth by adding programs to help increase landfill diversion. It includes the Keep San Marcos Beautiful Program to educate and engage San Marcos citizens to take responsibility for improving our community environment through litter prevention, beautification, waste reduction and sustainability.


Texas Recycles Day

Recycling arrows around the shape of the state of Texas

The City of San Marcos participates each November 15 in Texas Recycles Day. Activities typically include public education and awareness, recycle booths, plastic buyback, and other fun and games.