Utilities & Waste Removal


CPS Energy (gas & electric): (210) 353-2222
BexarMet (water): (210) 922-1221
Waste Management: 800-800-5804
Dead Deer Removal: Non-emergency dispatch at 491-9439

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste may be collected without charge by contacting the Bexar County Collection Hotline at 800-449-7587. A collection date will be assigned, and a kit shipped to you. More information is available here. Eligible items include:

  • Paint and paint products
  • Herbicides
  • Rust removers
  • Aerosols
  • Batteries (household,  auto,  hearing aid,  etc.)
  • Automotive chemicals
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Drain openers
  • Lubricants
  • Used motor oil/filters
  • Pesticides
  • Cleaners
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Antifreeze
  • Gasoline
  • Corrosive chemicals
  • …and much more!

Waste Management of San Antonio

Waste Management’s holiday schedule (adjustments in service will appear in The Sparks, and on this website’s calendar). A copy of Waste Management’s handout on recycling is available here.

Garbage pickup occurs on Monday, and recycle pickup is on Thursday. Brush pickup is on the second Monday of each month. Waste Management will remove up to 4 bags of additional leaves and brush with each scheduled trash pickup.

Waste Management will pick up construction materials for a fee through their Bagster program.

Waste Management’s recycling program includes:


  • Clean paper
  • Shredded paper tied in clear, plastic bags
  • Mail (including windowed envelopes)
  • Flattened Cardboard (limit 2′x3′)
  • Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phonebooks & paperback books
  • Paper food boxes (no liners)
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Wrapping paper (no foil, or ribbon)
  • Milk Cartons & juice boxes
  • Frozen food boxes


  • Dairy and food containers (no caps, or lids)
  • Bottles and jugs with plastic recycling codes within 1-7 (no caps, or lids)

All plastic containers should be cleaned and free of debris.


  • Aluminum cans
  • Foil and aluminum bakeware
  • Steel cans and tins (rinsed-out soup cans, veggie cans, coffee cans, etc.)
  • Wire coat hangers

Metal items must be clean, i.e. no food, or grease deposits. No automotive, or plumbing parts. Scrap metals should be no larger than 2′x2′ and 35lbs. No paint cans with residue, and no electronic parts.

Unacceptable items include:

  • Glass of any type
  • Garbage, or yard waste
  • Food residue, or wrappings
  • Waxed Cardboard, or paper
  • Soiled paper towels, plates or napkins
  • Diapers, or rags
  • Plastic bags (recycle at grocery store
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic cups, plates or utensils
  • ceramics, or dishes
  • light bulbs, or fluorescent bulbs
  • lids, or caps
  • prescription vials, syringes or needles
  • sharp, or greasy metal
  • Batteries
  • Toxic containers (oil, pesticides, etc.)

Recycling Alternatives

Waste Management does not offer recycling options for a vast array of items which are recyclable, such as electronics, rechargeable batteries and tires.  Items such as clothing and household items can be donated, but did you know that some charities want your broken appliances such as, otherwise, costly to dispose of broken refrigerators?  Other items such as eyeglasses, and even prescription drugs can be donated to charitable programs to provide for people in need.  This section is in development, so keep watching!

The following options are available for glass items:

7561 E. Evans Road
(210) 651-6115

Texas Disposal Systems
11601 Starcrest Drive
(210) 494-0239
Fee: $5 per vehicle

Many local businesses offer free recycling alternatives as a community responsibility. While some charge a fee, others will pay you for your recyclables. Below is a list of businesses and the services they provide.

  • Home Depot will accept CFL bulbs and rechargeable batteries.
  • Lowe’s will accept rechargeable batteries, CFL bulbs, cell phones and plastic shopping bags.
  • Radio Shack accepts rechargeable batteries, as well as a program for trading in used electronics.
  • AT&T Mobile outlets offer recycling of cell phones, batteries and phone books. Additionally, they maintain the Cell Phones for Soldiers drive.
  • Firestone will dispose of used car batteries for a $3 fee.
  • Hollywood Park Automotive at 281 & Mecca Drive will accept used oil in containers.

— A special thank you to Tracey Homburg for her assistance, and Pauline McCharen for being such a wealth of information!

More information will be forthcoming…