City to host public meetings spreading message of conservation

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City Takes Recycling, Conservation Messages on the Road

The City of San Marcos will host a series of meetings throughout the community to introduce residents to conservation and recycling programs offered by the City.

Topics include:

  • Recycling/composting: Residents will switch to a 65-gallon trash cart and get a 96-gallon green waste cart this fall. Also, the City has many programs to help dispose of different kinds of material and divert them from the landfill.
  • Water/energy: The City offers a variety of educational and rebate programs to help customers save water and energy while lowering their utility bills.
  • Habitat Conservation Plan: The City and Texas State University have partnered to enhance the San Marcos River’s health through many different projects, including bank stabilization and invasive species removal.
  • San Marcos Nature Center: The Nature Center offers adult education programs about gardening and sustainable living. They have many popular youth environmental education programs teaching kids about science, conservation, and responsible stewardship. The Center promotes the use of native plant landscaping as a water conservation method as well as creating backyard habitat for wildlife.

The open-house format public meetings will be from 6:30-8 p.m. at the following dates and locations:

  • March 24: Holland Street Church of Christ, 205 E. Holland
  • March 25: Dunbar Recreation Hall, 801 W. MLK
  • March 28: San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins
  • March 31: Goodnight Middle School, 1301 SH 12

For more information about these programs contact:

Amy Kirwin (Solid Waste Coordinator): 512.393.8407

Jan Klein (Conservation Coordinator): 512.393.8310

Melani Howard (HCP Manager): 512.393.8464

Jenna Winters (Nature Center Coordinator): jwinters@sanmarcostx.gov512.393.8447

Master Composter Course for Spring 2015

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The City of San Marcos is having their second Master Composter Course through the month of March. Applications are open now!

“The Master Composter course is a great introduction into the practice, science, and importance of composting, as well as a foothold into community engagement and networking,” Neil Kaufman, Instructor

The class will be held at the San Marcos Nature Center and includes a $20 fee for textbooks, 20 hours of classroom time, and 20 hours of volunteering within 6 months of course completion.

Dates are March 9, 11, 23, 25 from 6-8:30 p.m. & March 14 and 28 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


Class size is limited. Sign up by contacting Amy Kirwin @  512.393.8407 or email at

This Saturday is America Recycles Day

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Bundle up and join Sustainable San Marcos this Saturday from 10am-2pm on the Courthouse Lawn for America Recycles Day!

We’ll be joined by Polly the Plastic Mermaid, local environmental groups, and local vendors for an educational and community based celebration of reusing, reducing, recycling, and composting. We’ll have some talks on “Composting Basics” at the SSM booth at 11am and 1pm, taught by Dunbar Neighborhood Garden composter Rebecca Burritt.

As an added bonus, on Friday the 14th at 7pm there will be a free screening of the documentary Plastic Paradise. Hosted by the San Marcos River Foundation at the Price Senior Center (222 W. San Antonio St.).

Some great things to expect at America Recycles Day include a plastic buyback (exchange your single-use plastic bags and water bottles for re-usable ones!), games for kids, plastic pledges with Polly, and more. See you there!

Community Garden Update

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Congratulations to San Marcos Neighborhood Gardens!
Voted “Best Hoedown” in the Austin American Statesman’s Best of Austin.

“It’s not quite a hoedown, though hoes are welcome, but a space located in the city’s Dunbar Historic District that contains private plots for local residents, as well as two plots reserved for donation to the Hays County Food Bank. We give it a big “Best of Austin” green thumb of approval. Way to grow, San Marcos!”

In other news:

Dunbar Neighborhood Gardens is having a workday this Sunday, 11/9 starting at 9am. They’ll be weeding the orchard and planting wildflower seeds. Supposed to be a lovely weekend so join in if you have the time.

There are 5 plots open at the Alamo Neighborhood Garden that need feeling. If you’re low-moderate income we really need your participation! You get a discounted rental rate, access to tools at the garden, and become part of a great community. More info below.

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Become a Master Composter this October!

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The City of San Marcos, in collaboration with Texas State’s Bobcat Blend program, is offering its first Master Composter Certification Course. The class is only $20 for participants and includes three great reference books on home composting. The total of 20 classroom hours will span six classes from Oct. 13 – Oct. 25 and will be held at the San Marcos Nature Center.

Contact Amy Kirwin at by October 10th for the application and more information!


Bobcats Go Green

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Waste Not is trying to help Jennell Rayos, a sustainability graduate student, with the Bobcats Go Green initiative. The group is taking on tailgate and stadium recycling at all the Texas State home games, which are as follows:

1) Saturday, 9/13

2) Saturday, 10/4

3) Tues, 10/14

4) Sat, 11/8

5) Thurs, 11/20

This Saturday (9/13) is going to be a big game and she is in need of some help!

If you’re looking for a way to get involved and help with a big project, recycling during these huge student events is a great way to get started. Volunteers are needed on Friday for set up, during two shifts on Saturday for tailgating, and a late shift for stadium recycling.

Please contact Jennell at for more info.

Community input

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Long time, no talk. Just wanted to make a post and let you know we’re still around and have some great community activities in the works. Summer is a slower time in San Marcos so hopefully you’ve been able to enjoy the river and emptier streets a bit so far.

The board is a busy group and we would love to see some input from our members and viewers.

What would you like to see Sustainable San Marcos do?

What resources should we have for you on our website?


We want San Marcos to be well equipped for sustainable practices as we face challenges of rapid growth in our community. Let us know what you have to offer!