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All properties affected by the Universal Recycling Ordinance must submit an Annual Diversion Plan (previously referred to as the Recycling Plan) every year between Oct. 1 and Feb. 1.

Plans are submitted through a secure, web-based software called Re-TRAC.  Please note that you will be redirected off the City of Austin webpage to complete your plan details and recycling data.  Plans not submitted by February 1 may be subject to penalties.

Austin ReBlend is a 100 percent post-consumer, reblended flat paint (with low VOCs) made from paint collected at the Recycle & Reuse Drop-Off Center.

Green Jobs Through Zero Waste

Austin’s Zero Waste Master Plan sets an ambitious plan for City residents, businesses and organizations to divert more than 90 percent of waste from disposal to productive reuse and recycling by 2040, creating exciting expansion opportunities for the local recycling and reuse sector.


austin remanufacturing hub

The deadline for sending in Letters of Interest for locating at the Austin [re]Manufacturing Hub has now passed. Thank you to everyone who let us know of their interest in this project by submitting a letter!

In 1998, the City of Austin established the Austin Brownfields Revitalization Office. This office partners with local governments and other associations to support the revitalization of brownfields. Brownfield revitalization is a way to return a property to the community as a greenspace or as a commercial, residential or mixed-use development.

Austin Resource Recovery (ARR), a department of the City of Austin, provides cart-based landfill trash and recycling collection services for some small businesses. Most properties with ARR service are located in residential areas and most businesses choose a private hauler to provide landfill trash, composting, or recycling services. ARR does not directly provide dumpster-based services.

On November 19, 2015, the Austin City Council approved an ordinance that will increase reuse and recycling of materials from construction and demolition projects. By resolution, the Council directed City staff to develop this ordinance using recommendations proposed by the Zero Waste Advisory Commission (ZWAC).

Currently, Austin Resource Recovery is providing about 14,000 households with weekly curbside collection of food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard trimmings. Organic materials collected at the curb are turned into nutrient-rich compost! Austin Resource Recovery launched the Curbside Organics Collection Pilot the week of Dec. 31, 2012 and added about 6,500 households in February 2014.

From music and film festivals to races and food contests, Austin is home to many special events that attract hundreds of thousands of attendees. These large crowds leave behind large amounts of trash, most of which can be recycled or composted. Austin Resource Recovery’s Event Recycling program provides resources to improve waste diversion at events in Austin.

Give Us 5 Austin! encourages Austinites to recycle more and to increase recycling in their homes by 5 pounds each month. By recycling just 5 more pounds per household, the city will be closer to achieving their goal of Zero Waste!  

Give Your Christmas Tree Another Life! 


Don’t throw away your Christmas tree; give it another life by recycling it! City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees by leaving them at the curb on their trash and yard trimmings collection day. All other residents can drop trees off at Zilker Park, Austin, TX, on specific dates.

Most Austinites* can earn a $75 rebate on a home composting system through the City of Austin Home Composting Rebate Program. To qualify, attend a free composting class in the community or watch a class online. Then apply!

*City of Austin customers who pay the Clean Community on their utility bills are eligible. See the full Terms and Conditions.

Austin Resource Recovery does more than pick up trash, recycling and yard trimmings at the curb. We work night and day to keep city streets clean and clear of litter. Throughout the year, we clean residential streets and thoroughfares, clear debris from illegal dump sites and remove dead animals from public rights of way.

Zero Waste policies and ordinances allow the City of Austin to influence the management of materials generated within the city limits, including those not directly collected by Austin Resource Recovery. By setting an example through consistent policies, the City of Austin can make progress towards our Zero Waste goal and lead the region in waste reduction.

Happy Holidays from Austin Resource Recovery! Don’t forget that all trash, recycling and yard trimmings collection will “slide” one day on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays.  Please set out your carts by 6:30 a.m. on the day of your collection.

Austin Resource Recovery provides curbside recycling collection to single-family households and some small scale multifamily customers in Austin. With our curbside recycling program, you can mix recyclable paper, plastic, metal and glass in your blue recycling cart - no sorting required!

Austin Resource Recovery provides a wide range of services designed to transform waste into resources while keeping our community clean.

Austin Resource Recovery offers a variety of resources and services to certain businesses and commercial properties. For more business recycling information, call 3-1-1 or send us an email.


You can help reach our Zero Waste goal to drastically reduce the amount of trash we send to landfills. Pledge to do your part to help our community keep at least 50 percent of trash out of landfills by 2015 and reach Austin's long-term Zero Waste goal.

What Do I Do With is a guide to recycling, reusing, composting and more! City of Austin residential curbside customers may wonder what do with unwanted items. Search this list to answer those questions. Other Austin residents and businesses can consult for additional resources and information.

Qualifying businesses can earn up to $1,800 in rebates to start, expand or improve recycling, composting or other zero waste programs.

Waste less, recycle more and reduce operational costs. Email Austin Resource Recovery or call 3-1-1 to receive any of these FREE Zero Waste Business Services.