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All properties affected by the Universal Recycling Ordinance must submit an Annual Diversion 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.

More than 52 percent of Austinites live in an apartment, condominium or other multifamily residence. To reach Austin’s Zero Waste goal, residents needs to do their part to reduce, reuse and recycle.

In response to the increasing concerns of COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution for our staff and residents, the Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center is closed until further notice.


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.

Design, Construction and the Circular Economy

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Building materials are a big deal. Building booms create competition not only for labor and equipment, but also for construction materials—affecting supply lines, timelines and bottom lines.

Block Leaders are "green-minded" active neighborhood residents who help spread the word about recycling and composting in their neighborhoods.

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Some of Austin's landmark attractions were once brownfields. Walk around the lake in the Mueller neighborhood, eat a restaurant in the Seaholm Eco District, or buy produce at a farmers market at Plaza Saltillo and you'll see the results of brownfields redevelopment.

Most Austinites* can earn a $75 rebate on a chicken coop through the City of Austin Home Composting Rebate Program. 

*City of Austin customers who pay the Clean Community Fee on their utility bills and who have not already received a Home Composting Rebate are eligible for the rebate, but anyone may take the class. See the full Terms and Conditions.

Don’t throw away your Christmas tree; give it another life by recycling it! Starting Dec. 26, City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their trees by leaving them at the curb on their regular collection day. All other residents can drop trees off at Zilker Park.

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A circular economy is an economy where materials aren’t thrown away after a single use; they are used again and again. Materials are designed to be easily taken apart, recycled or composted, so that they can continue to be used and are kept out of the landfill.

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.

In November 2015, the Austin City Council approved the Construction and Demolition Recycling Ordinance and administrative rules to increase reuse and recycling of materials from construction and demolition projects.

To meet reporting requirements, a contractor for an Affected Project must submit an online Construction Recycling Report. This report is due when the Contractor requests a Final Building Inspection. Haulers and facilities receiving the debris can provide the information a contractor needs to complete the report.

Beginning Sept. 23, 2019, Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) will provide Curbside Composting Collection to nearly three-quarters of its curbside customers; adding 53,000 new homes to the existing 95,000 already receiving the service. ARR plans to extend the service to all remaining curbside customers by 2020, pending funding approval by City Council.

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.

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!  

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.

For more information regarding our organics programs, click on the links below.

All food-permitted businesses in Austin must submit an Organics Diversion Plan every year by February 1.

This plan is a report of how the property meets ordinance requirements. Having access to service receipts is beneficial when filling out this online form.

Special events within the City of Austin are required to submit waste management information as part of the Special Events Ordinance. Get information about obtaining a special event permit.

Austin Resource Recovery provides curbside collection of recycling to single-family households up to four-plexes in Austin. Place mixed paper, plastic, metal and glass directly in your blue recycling cart – no sorting required!

Austin Resource Recovery provides services designed to transform waste into resources and keep 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 email our Business Outreach team.

In response to the increasing concerns of COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution for our volunteers and participants, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Soil Kitchen. We are focused on mitigation strategies to protect the community and, while we are saddened by this cancellation, it is our responsibility to put health and safety first. We hope to see you at next year's Soil Kitchen.

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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 75 percent of trash out of landfills by 2020 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.

Waste less, recycle more and reduce operational costs. To get any of these free Zero Waste business services, email Austin Resource Recovery or call 3-1-1.

The Zero Waste Professional Certificate program from the City of Austin is designed to provide Austin business professionals with a comprehensive understanding of Zero Waste principles, the Universal Recycling Ordinance and best practices for URO implementation.