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About Austin Resource Recovery

Austin Resource Recovery provides residential curbside collection of trash, recycling, composting and yard trimmings. Additional services include street sweeping, dead animal collection, operating a drop-off center for household hazardous waste and collecting bulk items and large brush.

The Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center is closed until further notice

In response to the increasing concerns of COVID-19, and for the safety of our staff and residents, the Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center is closed to the public and drop-offs will no longer be accepted. However, under special circumstances, Austin-Travis County residents can schedule contactless pick-up of household hazardous waste from their home for safe disposal. Household hazardous waste includes cleaning products, paint and thinners, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, and more. 

The City of Austin has waived all extra trash fees until further notice

Given the unprecedented situation, we understand most households will be generating extra trash and we want to make these uncertain times easier for all.

Help protect the health and safety ARR staff, please remember to bag and tie all trash to keep it contained.

Use a BPI-certified compostable bag or paper bag for compost. Do not bag recycling.

About Zero Waste

The City of Austin is committed to a Zero Waste goal to reduce the amount of trash sent to landfills by 90 percent by the year 2040.

Zero Waste is a philosophy that goes beyond recycling to focus first on reducing trash and reusing products and then recycling and composting the rest. Zero Waste recognizes that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, and everything is a resource for something or someone else. 

Our Vision: To be the national Zero Waste leader in the transformation from traditional integrated waste collection to sustainable resource recovery.

Our Mission: To achieve Zero Waste by providing excellent customer services that promote waste reduction, increase resource recovery and support the City of Austin’s sustainability efforts.


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