The Give Us 5 Challenge encourages Austinites to increase recycling in their homes by 5 pounds each month. Check out our tracker below to see how Austin is rising to the challenge or follow us on Facebook for the latest updates!
Our recycling numbers are on the rise from last year, putting us on the pathway to reaching our 51-pound goal! Keep finding new items to recycle at home (including hard plastics) and encourage your friends, co-workers and neighbors to keep recycling more!
5 Steps to 5 Pounds!
Recycle in every room of the house! We’re usually really good about recycling in the kitchen, but remember, recyclables can be found in other rooms of your house too. Making sure recycling bins are strategically located around the house will make it easier for everyone in your family to remember to recycle. Check out a list of what you can recycle in each room.
Make the trash bin your LAST option. Always consider recycling before you throw something in the trash. Learn the items that can be recycled and stay up to date on newly accepted items at austintexas.gov/recycling. If you aren’t sure about an item, you can also check out our A-to-Z “What Do I Do With?” Guide.
Rethink your purchases. Before you buy, consider whether the product or its packaging is recyclable. Avoid products that cannot be recycled in the City’s recycling program.
Get everyone in your house involved. Now that you know how to recycle right, spread the word to your friends and family. Teach and encourage them to recycle in every room of the house. You can even become a Zero Waste Block Leader, a recycling advocate in your neighborhood!
Discovered a great way to increase recycling in your home? Share it with us on our Facebook page, and we might feature you on our blog.