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Frequently Asked Questions

Austin Brownfields Revitalization Office

What is a “Phase II” Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)?

A Phase II is a second-stage ESA done to confirm the presence or absence of recognized environmental conditions that may have been identified during the Phase I. The Phase II generally includes the collection and analysis of soil, sediment, groundwater, or surface water samples. The Phase II report often makes recommendations for further assessment or cleanup. 

What is a “Phase I” Environmental Site Assessment?

A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is an initial assessment that is usually associated with a property transfer. A Phase I involves a review of ownership records and historical uses of the property, a site visit, and interviews, in order to identify any recognized environmental conditions that could have resulted in potential releases of hazardous substances to the environment. Many lending institutions require these Phase I ESAs to help ensure that they are not financing a contaminated site for which they may be held liable. The industry-accepted procedure for a Phase I ESA is published by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International, and is available at a charge through their website.

What is a “weight ticket summary” or "Qualified Processor report" and who provides them?

Usually, your private haulers will provide summaries of the loads of construction debris removed from the jobsite. These summaries will list for each load of debris the date, ticket number, and weights of material landfilled or diverted from the landfill.

If a Qualified Processor sorted commingled construction debris from the project, the Qualified Processor will provide a summary report of the total tons processed and the facility’s average diversion rate.

If you have weight tickets but no summary, download this spreadsheet and enter the weight ticket information to develop your own summary.

When is the report due for a project with multiple permits?

The report is normally due when a contractor requests the Final Inspection. For projects with multiple permits, a contractor usually requests separate Final Inspections for each permit. In that case, before requesting the first Final Inspection, the contractor should save (but not submit) a report with all the permit numbers. That way, the Report will be due when the contractor requests the Final Inspection for the last permit.

Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center

What items are accepted at the Recycle & Reuse Drop-Off Center?

Here are the lists of items that are and are not accepted at the Recycle & Reuse Drop-Off Center.

Household Hazardous Waste

Accepted Items

  • Cleaning products
  • Automotive fluids and oil filters
  • Paint and thinners
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Batteries (car and household)
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Mercury
  • Aerosol cans
  • Pool chemicals
  • Cooking oil
  • Propane cylinders

Not Accepted

  • Radioactive materials
  • Syringes and medical waste
  • Explosive materials (including ammunition)
  • Any waste generated by a business (businesses in Austin and Travis County can exchange materials with each other through the Austin Materials Marketplace)
     

Electronics and Appliances

Accepted Items

  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Electronic media, such as CDs (remove and throw away jewel cases), DVDs and floppy disks
  • Printers and fax machines
  • Cell phones and chargers
  • Lawn mowers and weed eaters

Large appliances

  • Washers and dryers
  • Stoves
  • Water heaters
  • Air conditioners
  • Exercise equipment

Small appliances

  • Lamps
  • Microwaves
  • Kitchen appliances

Not Accepted

  • Mattresses
  • Furniture
  • Toilets
  • Non-recyclable trash
     

Other Recyclables

Accepted Items

  • Plastic bags (clean and dry)
  • Plastic film / plastic wrap (clean and dry)
  • Styrofoam (clean and dry -- NO peanuts)
  • Scrap metal

Large hard plastic items

  • Lawn chairs and furniture
  • Playground equipment
  • Children’s pools
  • Pet carriers
  • Trash cans

Single-stream recyclables

  • Cardboard
  • Hard plastic
  • Paper
  • Cans and foil
  • Glass bottles and jars

Not Accepted

  • Mattresses
  • Furniture
  • Toilets
  • Non-recyclable trash
  • Styrofoam Packing Peanuts

Reducing waste at events

How Do I Calculate The Diversion Rate?

After your event, make sure you collect a breakdown of materials by weight. Simply divide the total weight of recycling and organic materials by the total weight of all materials gathered at your event. You’ll collect a diversion rate (percentage) to see how well you recycled at your event!