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All properties affected by the Universal Recycling Ordinance must submit an Annual Diversion Plan every year between Oct. 1 and Feb. 1.

Plans are submitted through a secure, web-based software called Re-TRAC. Please note that you will be redirected off the City of Austin webpage to complete your plan details and recycling data.  Plans not submitted by February 1 may be subject to penalties.

More than 52 percent of Austinites live in an apartment, condominium or other multifamily residence. To reach Austin’s Zero Waste goal, residents needs to do their part to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Offering free site assessments and flexible low-interest cleanup loans

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Some of Austin's landmark attractions were once brownfields. Walk around the lake in the Mueller neighborhood, eat a restaurant in the Seaholm Eco District, or buy produce at a farmers market at Plaza Saltillo and you'll see the results of brownfields redevelopment.

Austin ReBlend is a 100 percent post-consumer, reblended flat paint (with low VOCs) made from paint collected at the Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center.

This program offers a way for residents to contribute to Austin’s zero waste goal by eliminating food waste at home. Through the program, Austinites* can get up to a $75 rebate on either a home composting system and accessories, or a chicken coop for their home.

Design, Construction and the Circular Economy

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Building materials are a big deal. Building booms create competition not only for labor and equipment, but also for construction materials—affecting supply lines, timelines and bottom lines.

Block Leaders are "green-minded" active neighborhood residents who help spread the word about recycling and composting in their neighborhoods.

Chicken keeping is one of nature's ways of composting

Through the Austin Resource Recovery Home Rebate Program, Austinites* can get up to a $75 rebate on either a home composting system and accessories, or a chicken coop for their home. Chickens can recycle your food scraps. Chicken keeping and composting methods go hand-in-hand to keep food waste out of the landfill while creating healthy soil. Follow this guide and you will be chicken keeping like a pro in no time. 

The Circular Economy Program aims to make Austin the most vibrant circular economy in the United States; where materials are reused, repaired, shared and recycled to their fullest extent within the local economy. This program offers resources to both businesses and residents in order to help grow the local circular economy.

Austin Resource Recovery (ARR), a department of the City of Austin, provides cart-based landfill trash and recycling collection services for some small businesses. Most properties with ARR service are located in residential areas and most businesses choose a private hauler to provide landfill trash, composting, or recycling services. ARR does not directly provide dumpster-based services.

Austin Resource Recovery is conducting a pilot program to gather information about composting at multifamily properties in order to inform future policy discussions. This pilot will help the City to better understand the unique challenges faced by Austin multifamily properties and will provide participating properties the opportunity to test composting at their communities.

Although having a new service can feel overwhelming, it doesn't need to be. Follow this guide and you will be composting like a pro in no time. 

The Construction and Demolition Recycling Ordinance requires construction and demolition projects to divert construction waste from the landfill. The goal of the ordinance is to increase reuse and recycling of materials from construction and demolition projects. The ordinance is consistent with Austin’s Zero Waste goal and is modeled after the City’s Green Building efforts.

A contractor with an affected project must submit an online construction recycling report. The report is due when the general contractor requests a final building inspection.

Curbside composting service has expanded to all Austin Resource Recovery curbside customers!

The final expansion of the curbside composting program to approximately 55,000 additional Austin households began in February.

Although having a new service can feel overwhelming, it doesn't need to be. Follow this guide and you will be composting like a pro with your new curbside composting collection service in no time. 

Fix-It At Home! 

Fix-It At Home! is an online repair workshop series, a part of Fix-It Austin, that will teach Austinites how to repair household items and learn other useful skills from the comfort of their own home. Classes will be hosted throughout the summer and will range from learning how to sew by hand (or by machine), to repairing a bike or household appliance. All classes are interactive and taught by a local instructor. To attend Fix-It At Home, you must have access to a computer and internet connection.

Give Us 5 Austin! encourages Austinites to recycle more and to increase recycling in their homes by 5 pounds each month. By recycling just 5 more pounds per household, the city will be closer to achieving their goal of Zero Waste!  

Don’t throw away your holiday tree; give it another life by recycling it! Starting December 26, City of Austin curbside customers can recycle their Christmas and holiday trees by leaving them at the curb on their regular collection day. All other residents can drop trees off at Zilker Park.

Composting is nature's way of recycling

Through the Austin Resource Recovery Home Rebate Program, Austinites* can get up to a $75 rebate on either a home composting system and accessories, or a chicken coop for their home. Composting is a natural process that breaks down organic materials into a dark, earthy, soil-like material. Putting compost on your lawn and garden adds nutrients to help plants grow. Follow this guide and you will be composting at home like a pro in no time. 

Most Austinites* can earn a $75 rebate on a home composting system through the City of Austin Home Composting Rebate Program. To qualify, attend a free composting class in the community or watch a class online. Then apply!

*City of Austin customers who pay the Clean Community on their utility bills are eligible. See the full Terms and Conditions.

Austin Resource Recovery does more than pick up trash, recycling and yard trimmings at the curb. We work night and day to keep city streets clean and clear of litter. Throughout the year, we clean residential streets and thoroughfares, clear debris from illegal dump sites and remove dead animals from public rights of way.

All food-permitted businesses in Austin must submit an Organics Diversion Plan every year by February 1.

This plan is a report of how the property meets ordinance requirements. Having access to service receipts is beneficial when filling out this online form.

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Special events within the City of Austin are required to submit waste management information as part of the Special Events Ordinance. Get information about obtaining a special event permit.

Austin Resource Recovery provides curbside collection of recycling to single-family households up to four-plexes in Austin. Place mixed paper, plastic, metal and glass directly in your blue recycling cart – no sorting required!

Austin Resource Recovery provides services designed to transform waste into resources and keep our community clean.

Austin Resource Recovery offers a variety of resources and services to certain businesses and commercial properties. For more business recycling information, call 3-1-1 or email our Business Outreach team.

Out of an abundance of caution for our volunteers and participants due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Soil Kitchen. We are focused on mitigation strategies to protect the community and, while we are saddened by this cancellation, it is our responsibility to put health and safety first. We hope to see you at next year's Soil Kitchen.


Get free soil testing for your food garden

Austinites can drop off debris from the recent winter storm at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant (2210 FM 973, Austin, Texas) through April 18, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., seven days a week (large truck or trailer loads will not be accepted after 4:45 p.m.). The material will be composted and made into Dillo Dirt.

You can help reach our Zero Waste goal to drastically reduce the amount of trash we send to landfills. Pledge to do your part to help our community keep at least 75 percent of trash out of landfills by 2020 and reach Austin's long-term Zero Waste goal.

What Do I Do With is a guide to recycling, reusing, composting and more! City of Austin residential curbside customers may wonder what do with unwanted items. Search this list to answer those questions. Other Austin residents and businesses can consult Earth911.com for additional resources and information.

Waste less, recycle more and reduce operational costs. To get any of these free Zero Waste business services, email Austin Resource Recovery or call 3-1-1.

The City of Austin’s Zero Waste Event Rebate is an incentive for organizers to make their outdoor events more sustainable and help reduce the amount of trash sent to area landfills. Earn up to $750 in rebates to expand or improve your zero waste program at your next event.