The Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) Comprehensive Plan

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Background

Austin Resource Recovery (ARR), a City of Austin department, provides a wide range of services designed to transform waste into resources while keeping our community clean. Services include curbside collection of trash, yard waste, recycling, composting, brush, and bulky waste; access to the Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center; rebate programs; as well as citywide services such as street sweeping.

In 2011, Austin City Council approved ARR’s Zero Waste goals, including keeping 90% of discarded materials in Austin out of the landfill by 2040. ARR is developing the ARR Comprehensive Plan to assess the progress of the City towards its Zero Waste goals, and to plan its next steps.

Getting involved

Our team will use this page to ask and answer questions, field ideas, provide updates, and gather feedback through the ARR Comprehensive Plan Survey.



Background

Austin Resource Recovery (ARR), a City of Austin department, provides a wide range of services designed to transform waste into resources while keeping our community clean. Services include curbside collection of trash, yard waste, recycling, composting, brush, and bulky waste; access to the Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center; rebate programs; as well as citywide services such as street sweeping.

In 2011, Austin City Council approved ARR’s Zero Waste goals, including keeping 90% of discarded materials in Austin out of the landfill by 2040. ARR is developing the ARR Comprehensive Plan to assess the progress of the City towards its Zero Waste goals, and to plan its next steps.

Getting involved

Our team will use this page to ask and answer questions, field ideas, provide updates, and gather feedback through the ARR Comprehensive Plan Survey.



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    Why should the city encourage the keeping of chickens in urban areas. The chicken feed serves as feed for the rodents that we we don't want.

    asked 7 days ago

    There are several benefits of keeping chickens including reducing food and yard waste, affordable organic eggs, natural insect control, and natural fertilizer. As a part of the City’s chicken keeping rebate program, participants receive training which includes best practices for secure coops. The City has laws to keep residents, businesses, and animals safe and healthy.


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    How can we help reluctant citizens understand the benefit of curbside recycling and change the culture around the convenience of just throwing things away?

    kristih asked 7 days ago

    Culture change to recycling is always a priority for us.  You can get involved! Sign up to become a Zero Waste Block Leader.

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    When can we get drop off in far North Austin? Or pickup, or scheduled drop offs?

    Laurie Love asked 10 days ago

    We are currently exploring options to expand service to our residents in North Austin for services currently provided at the Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center. 

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    Why is my 78741 zip code not included in the compost pickup program?

    Helga asked 10 days ago

    The final phase of our curbside compost collection cart roll-out has been delayed due to COVID-19. We will be providing city-wide composting collection, including the 78741 zip code, in 2021. 

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    Would it be possible to incentivize restaurants to have takeout customers order or opt in for things like napkins, silverware, and sauces? They routinely give out those unnecessary and unwanted items, which just go to a landfill, often without being used even once.

    Chimmy7 asked 10 days ago

    Good idea!  The City has met with members of the restaurant community and will consider ideas such as this on as part of the City new zero waste Comprehensive Plan. 

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    What happened to “Don’t Mess With Texas” Campaign? What happened to “Don’t Litter” signs that showed fines? Why are police pulling folks over for littering?

    TiaRed asked 10 days ago

    The Don’t Mess with Texas campaign was developed by the Texas Department of Transportation. Find more information about the campaign and how to report someone who has littered at dontmesswithtexas.org  

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    are you going to add new types of recycling bins around the city with separate collection of specific materials? For example - as they do in Europe and Canada now?

    JaniceT asked 10 days ago

    The City does not plan to expand public facing recycling at this time due to concerns with contamination of recycling streams and the staffing levels needed to services them.   
     

    Public recycling is available at many City facilities and parks.  The City partners with private haulers to provide recycling at large public events. 

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    Why are there too few and too few recycling dumpsters at apartment complexes?

    Mary Heitzig asked 10 days ago

    City Council increased the minimum size and capacity of recycling dumpsters in October 2020.  Your apartment property may be working to meet these new requirements.  Learn more at austintexas.gov/uro 

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    Is it posible for the City of Austin to find a MRF that recycles cartons? How can we get to Zero waste goal if we can’t recycle cartons?

    Diana asked 11 days ago

    The materials that make an item determine whether it is recyclable. Cartons are layers of paperboard, plastic and aluminum held together by glue. They currently can not be recycled in Austin. The recycling industry is constantly improving. Until cartons are easier to recycle, consider other options. Some residents collect and ship cartons for recycling. Other residents buy plastic or glass containers instead of cartons. 

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    can I submit survey without asking a question?

    jjp asked 11 days ago

    Yes, the survey reports your responses as you provide them. There is no need to push a "submit" button, or to respond to any of the other elements on this page if you do not wish to.