This page provides a summary of the Universal Recycling Ordinance and the complete ordinance language.

Universal Recycling Ordinance Phase 2


Meeting Minutes

Backup Material


Universal Recycling Ordinance Phase I

The Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO), approved by the Austin City Council on November 4, 2010 and amended on April 25, 2013, is intended to increase the life of local landfills, reduce harmful environmental impacts and boost economic development. The URO requires affected property owners to ensure that residents, tenants, customers and employees have convenient access to recycling. Specifically, the ordinance requires affected property owners to ensure:

  1. Recycling for five materials at a minimum

  2. Sufficient collection-container capacity for multi-family and commercial properties

  3. Informational signage in English and Spanish

  4. Regular tenant and employee education

  5. Annual Recycling Plans and record keeping

In September 2012, City Council approved Administrative Rules for the ordinance. The rules include specific recycling standards, exemptions and reporting requirements. They also provide a process for submitting a recycling plan as well as applying for a waiver request.

A collaborative stakeholder process will be held to amend Administrative Rules related to the April 25, 2013 Universal Recycling Ordinance expansion. This is an opportunity for all stakeholders to have their voices heard! For more information and to get involved: Universal Recycling Ordinance Phase 2.