The Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO) supports Austin’s Zero Waste goal by requiring affected property owners to ensure that tenants and employees have access to convenient recycling.
By Oct. 1, 2017, all properties will be required to provide recycling services to their tenants and employees. Click to here to determine when your property is affected.
Five Steps to Meeting the Requirements:
Provide recycling for plastics #1 & #2, paper, cardboard, glass, and aluminum.
Substitute materials can be proposed on the Annual Recycling Plan.
CONVENIENCE AND CAPACITY
All trash collection service containers (i.e. dumpsters, carts, or compactors) or other collection points (i.e. chutes) should have a recycling container within 25 feet.
Recycling service capacity must ≥ 6.4 gallons per dwelling per week.
Click here to download a multifamily service capacity calculator
Recycling service capacity must ≥ 25% of the total weekly service capacity for all materials. The capacity requirement is ≥ 50% beginning 10/1/14.
Click here to download a commercial property service capacity calculator
All signs must indicate recyclable materials accepted, use graphic illustrations, and include both English and Spanish.
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Educate new employees and tenants within 30 days of hire or move-in and annually thereafter.
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ANNUAL DIVERSION PLAN (RECYCLING PLAN)
Submit online each year between Oct. 1 and Feb. 1.
Click here to submit your Annual Diversion Plan
By Oct. 1, 2017, all properties will be required to ensure tenants and employees have convenient access to recycling.
Multifamily properties including:
Non-residential commercial properties, including:
* Only commercial offices, educational facilities, medical facilities, and religious buildings
By Oct. 1, 2018, all food enterprises* will be required to ensure their employees have convenient access to organics diversion services.
Food service enterprises include:
* Food enterprise- establishment that serves non-prepackaged food and is required to hold a food permit such as a food or beverage distributor, processor, preparation facility, retailer, or service.
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