Sep 22, 2014 - 08:30 am CDT

Meet Austinite, Danielle. 

Danielle is a 34-year-old Austin native who works as a Business Analyst at Blue Cross Blue Shield. She loves to stay active by running and dancing. One of her favorite spots in Austin is the beautiful Lady Bird Lake where she often goes to run or kayak. Danielle makes sure to recycle in her South Austin home. We spoke with her to learn how she’s stepping up to the Give us 5 Challenge.

How have you made recycling easier to do in your home, for your family?

Recycling is easy in my home because it's just me and my boyfriend (Robert). We keep two bags in the pantry, one for plastic bags, one for all other items. When the 'all other' is full, we take it outside and empty it into our recycling cart. When the bag containing plastic bags is full, we take it back to HEB on our next shopping trip.

What recyclable item do you most frequently recycle?

We recycle anything and everything around the entire house: milk jugs, aluminum cans, bottles, cardboard, paper, etc. There's very little that 

ends up in our trash can besides food scraps. I'll even recycle the paper wrapping around tea bags and bottle caps.

What recyclable items do you forget to recycle?

Even though we use re-usable shopping bags (we even have one for produce), we still end up with plastic bags from packaging. We take them back to HEB to recycle. We also collect batteries, light bulbs, and household hazard waste and take that to the Household Hazardous Waste facility. Sometimes a cardboard tube from the toilet paper roll ends up in the bathroom trash, but we manage to spot it before it's taken to the curb. I'm the keen eye in the house. I will look in trash cans to make sure nothing ends up in there that can be recycled.


Bathroom recycling can be tough. Adding a recycling container to your bathroom can help ensure those toilet paper rolls get recycled. What room do you recycle most in?

Most of our household recycling comes from the kitchen.

How are you reaching your 5 extra lbs.?

I feel we are the ultimate recyclers already. Of course, I am always open to learning more!

Why is recycling important to you?

I recycle because I was taught to by my parents, and I don't like the idea of taking up more landfill with items that can be re-purposed. I've been known to carry items around until I find a place to recycle them. Given that recycling provides us with packaging and even clothing & accessories made from the stuff that we toss, it's a no-brainer to recycle. I'd rather see recycled plastic on someone as a t-shirt than littered on the ground or in the landfill. I want to pass on a cleaner environment and a sense of environmental stewardship to future generations.

 

 

To learn more about the Give Us 5 Challenge and see how you can help make a difference, visit austintexas.gov/giveus5

Sep 11, 2014 - 11:41 am CDT

Did you know that Austin Resource Recovery offers free paint to all Austin and Travis County residents? The Austin Reblend paint is a great resource for anyone looking to either touch-up their new home or give their existing home an update.

Below you’ll find a few ideas for how you can use paint around the house. After you get inspired, swing by the Household Hazardous Waste Facility to pick up a free bucket (or three!) of paint at 2514 Business Center Drive Austin, 78744.  

 

1. Accent Painting

Are you looking for a quick and easy way to give the walls in your home some depth? Accenting the paint colors on your walls can help add a new dimension to your home.

An accent wall is a fabulous way to use a vibrant color that you love, and also a beautiful way to showcase some of your favorite décor. Or, with a great paint choice, you can have the wall showcased with color only. Accenting a wall can even highlight the architectural features of your home. - Behr

 

2. Furniture Painting

Do you have a piece of furniture you used to love, but it’s become a bit of an eyesore? Refurbishing your furniture with a fresh coat of paint is the best way to fall in love with it again.
 

 

 

3. Touch-up Painting

Maybe your home is already perfect the way it is and you’re just looking to touch up some worn areas. Picking up free Austin Reblend paint is a great way to complete these kinds of project without breaking the bank. And if you have any paint leftover, bring it back to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility where it can be re-blended and given to someone else to use. 

 

For more tips on prepping your walls for touch-up, check out this how-to guide on touching up painted walls from Dunn Edwards.  

 

These are just a few ways you can utilize the free paint offered to you from the Household Hazardous Waste Facility. However, with a little imagination, the project possibilities are endless! For more information on Austin Reblend, visit www.austintexas.gov/department/austin-reblend.

 

Images courtesy of: www.realestate.com.au, www.homebunch.com, www.decorandthedog.net, /www.paintpotdecorators.co.uk, and www.pinterest.com.

Aug 20, 2014 - 09:38 am CDT

Image of Jennifer and her family

Meet Austinite, Jennifer.

Image of Jennifer and her son.Jennifer is an Austin native and busy full-time mom. Between visits to playgrounds and splash pads, she enjoys roller derby and volunteering at the Austin Animal Center. Jennifer, her husband and 2-year-old son also make recycling a priority. We talked with Jennifer to see how her household is reaching their extra five pounds.

Image of Jennifer's son recycling paper.

How have you and your family made recycling easier to do in your home?

I try to keep the recycling bin where I can access it. It’s a lot easier to recycle when you don’t have to think twice. The reason we keep our main recycling bin in the kitchen is because most of our recyclable items are found in the kitchen.

What recyclable items do you most frequently recycle?

I think it’s mostly packaging, toilet paper rolls cereal boxes, food packaging. Mostly kitchen packaging.

Image of family recycling

What recyclable items do you forget to recycle?

Mostly little pieces of paper. Post it Notes. Weird textured paper. Sometimes I’m not sure what types of paper can and can’t be recycled. A lot of paper has weird glue on it and I never know if it is too much to be recycled.

The good news is all of those items are recyclable, even Post it Notes! What room do you recycle most in?

We recycle most in our kitchen, which is where we keep our blue bin. Our big blue bin is right outside in the garage. My husband has a small recycling bin in his home office where he recycles things like junk mail, paper, etc.

How are you reaching your 5 extra lbs.?

Image of family recycling outside.

What we try to do is make sure we recycle everything we no longer need in our home. We try to take plastic bags to the grocery store and old shoes to Reebok. Right now I’m researching new ways to recycle scraps of fabric.

Why is recycling important to you?

We mess up a lot of things about the earth by throwing recyclables away. I grew up in a household where recycling was taught to me at a young age. Recycling was important to me growing up and it still is. My mom went to a landfill in the 1970s and was appalled by what she saw. 

Aug 07, 2014 - 01:36 pm CDT

photo of electronics

Ever wonder what to do with that bulky old fridge that doesn’t really work? Or maybe that old cellphone that’s just living out its days as a paperweight? Well, wonder no more! Austin Resource Recovery is now accepting all your unwanted electronics, such as televisions, computers, gaming consoles and well, basically anything that plugs in!

Graphic that says: Did you know… bulky electronics are illegal to dump and doing so could result in hefty fines? Avoid becoming an offender and drop off your electronics at the Resource Recovery Center. It’s free!

Give your old electronics a chance at a new life by dropping them off at the Resource Recovery Center, where they’ll be collected for recycling and sent to be processed into new reusable materials.

After electronics are recycled, they become parts for multiple new products. For example, the casing around a television can be turned into a high quality plastic to be used for automotive products, such as seat padding or insulation. The glass from the TV screen can also be melted and then reused for other glass products.

Dropping off your unused and unwanted electronic products will also help prevent hazardous materials from filling up landfills and polluting the environment with toxic chemicals.

This service is available to all Austin and Travis County residents. Visit the Resource Recovery Center at 3810 Todd Lane, Austin TX 78744, to drop off any unwanted items. For more information visit: austintexas.gov/department/resource-recovery-center.

 

Sep 11, 2014 - 11:41 am CDT

Did you know that Austin Resource Recovery offers free paint to all Austin and Travis County residents? The Austin Reblend paint is a great resource for anyone looking to either touch-up their new home or give their existing home an update.

Below you’ll find a few ideas for how you can use paint around the house. After you get inspired, swing by the Household Hazardous Waste Facility to pick up a free bucket (or three!) of paint at 2514 Business Center Drive Austin, 78744.  

 

1. Accent Painting

Are you looking for a quick and easy way to give the walls in your home some depth? Accenting the paint colors on your walls can help add a new dimension to your home.

An accent wall is a fabulous way to use a vibrant color that you love, and also a beautiful way to showcase some of your favorite décor. Or, with a great paint choice, you can have the wall showcased with color only. Accenting a wall can even highlight the architectural features of your home. - Behr

 

2. Furniture Painting

Do you have a piece of furniture you used to love, but it’s become a bit of an eyesore? Refurbishing your furniture with a fresh coat of paint is the best way to fall in love with it again.
 

 

 

3. Touch-up Painting

Maybe your home is already perfect the way it is and you’re just looking to touch up some worn areas. Picking up free Austin Reblend paint is a great way to complete these kinds of project without breaking the bank. And if you have any paint leftover, bring it back to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility where it can be re-blended and given to someone else to use. 

 

For more tips on prepping your walls for touch-up, check out this how-to guide on touching up painted walls from Dunn Edwards.  

 

These are just a few ways you can utilize the free paint offered to you from the Household Hazardous Waste Facility. However, with a little imagination, the project possibilities are endless! For more information on Austin Reblend, visit www.austintexas.gov/department/austin-reblend.

 

Images courtesy of: www.realestate.com.au, www.homebunch.com, www.decorandthedog.net, /www.paintpotdecorators.co.uk, and www.pinterest.com.

Road to Zero Waste
Aug 20, 2014 - 09:38 am CDT

Image of Jennifer and her family

Meet Austinite, Jennifer.

Image of Jennifer and her son.Jennifer is an Austin native and busy full-time mom. Between visits to playgrounds and splash pads, she enjoys roller derby and volunteering at the Austin Animal Center. Jennifer, her husband and 2-year-old son also make recycling a priority. We talked with Jennifer to see how her household is reaching their extra five pounds.

Image of Jennifer's son recycling paper.

How have you and your family made recycling easier to do in your home?

I try to keep the recycling bin where I can access it. It’s a lot easier to recycle when you don’t have to think twice. The reason we keep our main recycling bin in the kitchen is because most of our recyclable items are found in the kitchen.

What recyclable items do you most frequently recycle?

I think it’s mostly packaging, toilet paper rolls cereal boxes, food packaging. Mostly kitchen packaging.

Image of family recycling

What recyclable items do you forget to recycle?

Mostly little pieces of paper. Post it Notes. Weird textured paper. Sometimes I’m not sure what types of paper can and can’t be recycled. A lot of paper has weird glue on it and I never know if it is too much to be recycled.

The good news is all of those items are recyclable, even Post it Notes! What room do you recycle most in?

We recycle most in our kitchen, which is where we keep our blue bin. Our big blue bin is right outside in the garage. My husband has a small recycling bin in his home office where he recycles things like junk mail, paper, etc.

How are you reaching your 5 extra lbs.?

Image of family recycling outside.

What we try to do is make sure we recycle everything we no longer need in our home. We try to take plastic bags to the grocery store and old shoes to Reebok. Right now I’m researching new ways to recycle scraps of fabric.

Why is recycling important to you?

We mess up a lot of things about the earth by throwing recyclables away. I grew up in a household where recycling was taught to me at a young age. Recycling was important to me growing up and it still is. My mom went to a landfill in the 1970s and was appalled by what she saw. 

Road to Zero Waste
Aug 07, 2014 - 01:36 pm CDT

photo of electronics

Ever wonder what to do with that bulky old fridge that doesn’t really work? Or maybe that old cellphone that’s just living out its days as a paperweight? Well, wonder no more! Austin Resource Recovery is now accepting all your unwanted electronics, such as televisions, computers, gaming consoles and well, basically anything that plugs in!

Graphic that says: Did you know… bulky electronics are illegal to dump and doing so could result in hefty fines? Avoid becoming an offender and drop off your electronics at the Resource Recovery Center. It’s free!

Give your old electronics a chance at a new life by dropping them off at the Resource Recovery Center, where they’ll be collected for recycling and sent to be processed into new reusable materials.

After electronics are recycled, they become parts for multiple new products. For example, the casing around a television can be turned into a high quality plastic to be used for automotive products, such as seat padding or insulation. The glass from the TV screen can also be melted and then reused for other glass products.

Dropping off your unused and unwanted electronic products will also help prevent hazardous materials from filling up landfills and polluting the environment with toxic chemicals.

This service is available to all Austin and Travis County residents. Visit the Resource Recovery Center at 3810 Todd Lane, Austin TX 78744, to drop off any unwanted items. For more information visit: austintexas.gov/department/resource-recovery-center.

 

Road to Zero Waste