Curbside Composting Collection

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We have announced the fourth and final expansion of our Curbside Composting Program.

This final expansion provides curbside composting collection to an additional 55,000 customers. We have now completed a four-year phased in approach that began in 2017 and brought curbside composting collection to over 207,000 households.

If you have questions related to the curbside composting program, you may ask them below. Also, we are hosting a virtual Townhall on January 28 @ 6 p.m. to inform newly enrolled residents of the start of their new service beginning in February.

Austin Resource Recovery is dedicated to protecting the environment, providing

We have announced the fourth and final expansion of our Curbside Composting Program.

This final expansion provides curbside composting collection to an additional 55,000 customers. We have now completed a four-year phased in approach that began in 2017 and brought curbside composting collection to over 207,000 households.

If you have questions related to the curbside composting program, you may ask them below. Also, we are hosting a virtual Townhall on January 28 @ 6 p.m. to inform newly enrolled residents of the start of their new service beginning in February.

Austin Resource Recovery is dedicated to protecting the environment, providing excellent customer service, and promoting programs and services that will help Austin reach zero waste by the year 2040.

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    Will we be charged for this? If so, is it a flat monthly fee or are you charged when you put your bin on the curb? Thanks

    alivatter asked 5 days ago

    Curbside recycling, composting, and bi-annual large brush and bulk collections are bundled and paid for from the base-fee on your utility bill.

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    I have paper plates that are the cheaper type and some of the more expensive type. The expensive ones have a glossy finish, the cheaper ones don't. Can I compost both types?

    C.K. asked 6 days ago
    Coated cardboard can be tricky because often it is actually coated in a plastic layer, not a natural wax. When it comes to these kinds of products, err on the side of caution. If you are able, ask the vendor or check with the manufacturer. If they can’t give you a clear answer, keep it out of the compost. 

    A good rule of thumb is that if a paper or cardboard item is heavily glossed and/or inked, and it is not BPI or ASTM certified compostable, it belongs in the trash cart. Examples of other coated products that would not be accepted in the compost: milk cartons, standard soda cups, and coffee cups.
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    I have used my own garbage cans for my yard trimmings and food scraps. They are the same size as the city carts. Will the city continue to empty them for me?

    Klbrn asked 5 days ago
    Yes. We ask that you fill your green cart first, but we will also empty containers no larger than 34-gallons or heavier than 50 pounds. 
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    Where do I get the Kitchen Compost canister and disposable bags.

    Elsa R. asked 7 days ago

    In response to the increasing concerns of COVID-19, and for the safety of our staff and residents, we are not providing kitchen collectors at this time. To find out about future opportunities to pick up a kitchen compost collector, please sign up for our monthly newsletter or follow us on Facebook

    If you are looking for ideas in the meantime, a coffee can, food storage container or any other reusable container make a great kitchen compost collector. 

    When buying bags, remember that not all compostable bags are equal. In Austin, we can only process bags that are BPI certified. If you don't see the certification, skip the bag and put compostable materials straight into the cart.  

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    what happens to the yard waste bags? During leaf season 3 or 4 bags will be picked up. The green cart will not hold that much with food waste mixed in.

    louis wade asked 16 days ago

    If you are unable to fit all of your yard trimmings in your cart, bag extra yard trimmings in lawn-and-leaf paper bags and place at the curb next to your cart.

    Check the Curbside
    Composting guide to see what else is accepted in your green composting cart.

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    Can cut limbs be placed at curb and if so what length?

    Sallyk asked 14 days ago

    Bundle and place small branches and tree limbs (no longer than five feet, and no wider than three inches in diameter) at the curb.

    Check the Curbside Composting guide to see what else is accepted in your green composting cart.

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    where do I get more kitchen composting bags

    Sam asked 13 days ago

    Whether you use a bag, or choose to skip the bag and put compostable materials straight into the cart is up to you. Many online and brick-and-mortar retailers sell compostable bags. When buying bags, remember that not all compostable bags are equal. In Austin, we can only process bags that are BPI or ASTM certified.

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    Are there plans to add compost bins to Austin parks? My condo complex does not have the compost bins for fear of animals but I'm close enough to walk my compost to West Austin Park.

    alao asked 13 days ago

    Not at this time.

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    Our HOA does not want to participate. Our garbage area does not have adequate space for the carts. Can we please have that were delivered removed?

    Shannon Umstattd asked 17 days ago

    We ask our customers to give curbside composting a try for a few weeks before making the decision to opt out of the service to keep valuable compostable material out of the landfill. 

    If you do not wish to use your green cart, you can call Austin Energy at 512-494-9400, and ARR will arrange for the cart to be picked up. 

    Curbside recycling, composting, and bi-annual large brush and bulk collections are bundled and paid for from the base-fee on your utility bill. Customers who return their green cart will still be charged for the service whether they choose to participate or not.

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    Will we get the kitchen bucket and sample compost bags like previous residents got?

    Briggle512 asked 22 days ago

    In response to the increasing concerns of COVID-19, and for the safety of our staff and residents, we are not providing kitchen collectors at this time. To find out about future opportunities to pick up a kitchen compost collector, please sign up for our monthly newsletter or follow us on Facebook

    If you are looking for ideas in the meantime, a coffee can, food storage container or any other reusable container make a great kitchen compost collector.