This program is part of the City of Austin’s Zero Waste goal.
AUSTIN, TEXAS –New Curbside Composting Collection will begin today, Oct. 2, for 38,000 City of Austin curbside customers on their regular collection day. This is the first expansion of the program which was previously in a pilot phase to approximately 14,000 Austin homes. Austin Resource Recovery, a department of the City of Austin, plans to add all curbside customers to the service by 2020, pending funding approval by City Council in future years.
The program collects food scraps, yard trimmings and food soiled paper, and converts them into nutrient-rich compost. This program is part of the City of Austin’s Zero Waste goal to divert 90 percent of materials from landfills by 2040.
Residents included in this year’s Curbside Composting expansion received a notification postcard and How-To Guide in the mail. Last week they also received their new green composting cart along with a comprehensive curbside services pamphlet.
A recent study showed that almost half of everything residential customers send to the landfill is compostable material. When buried in a landfill, compostable materials decompose anaerobically, without oxygen, and in the process become the number one source of human-caused methane released into the atmosphere. Instead of going to a landfill, organic materials placed in the green carts are transported to a local composting facility, where they break down into compost. Compost helps soil retain water, and fertilizes lawns and gardens without using chemicals.
In addition to contributing to Austin’s Zero Waste goal, Curbside Composting may help residents save money on their utility bills. After putting food scraps and food-soiled paper in their green carts, customers will have less trash to throw away each week. This may allow them to downsize to a smaller, less expensive trash cart. Austin Resource Recovery offers four trash cart sizes – the smaller the cart, the less it costs each month.
For more information about Curbside Composting, downloadable resources and instructional videos visit austintexas.gov/austincomposts.
About Austin Resource Recovery
Austin Resource Recovery provides a wide range of services designed to transform waste into resources while keeping our community clean. Services include curbside collection of recycling, trash, yard trimmings and large brush and bulk items; street sweeping; dead animal collection; household hazardous waste disposal and recycling; and outreach and education. In December 2011, the Austin City Council approved the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan, which is the City’s roadmap to Zero Waste. The City of Austin is committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to area landfills by 90 percent by 2040 or sooner.
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