Curbside composting service is expanding to all Austin Resource Recovery curbside customers!
Please note that we have not yet completed the delivery of new composting carts to all 2021 program expansion homes. Additionally, if you are new to curbside composting and your weekly collection day is Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, your first collection day has also been postponed. Your new service will begin on Feb. 24, 25 and 26 instead of this week.
The final expansion of the curbside composting program to approximately 55,000 additional Austin households will begin in February.
Currently, about 152,000 homes receive the curbside composting collection service. This final expansion will provide the service to all remaining Austin Resource Recovery customers after a four-year phased in approach that began in 2017. In previous years, ARR offered in-person open house events giving new curbside composting customers the opportunity to learn about the program, learn how to use the service and receive free resources to start composting. This year, in order to adhere to COVID-19 safety regulations, we will hold a virtual townhall and delay the opportunity to distribute free kitchen collectors and compostable bags until it can be done safely for both customers and staff.
Check your collection schedule to see when your service will take place.
The program collects food scraps, yard trimmings, food-soiled paper and natural fibers, and converts them into nutrient-rich compost. Because materials are processed in a commercial composting facility, extremely high temperatures are reached, allowing Austinites to compost items like meat, dairy, seafood and bones that typically cannot be composted in a backyard. This program is part of the City of Austin’s zero waste goal to divert 90 percent of materials from landfills by 2040.