AUSTIN, TEXAS — Austin Resource Recovery (ARR), a City of Austin service, has launched the 2019 ‘Give A Great Story’ campaign encouraging Austinites to rethink shopping and gifting this holiday season by shopping zero waste. Reaching the City’s Zero Waste Goal requires new thinking about the way we buy, use and dispose of everyday items, including how we give gifts. National statistics show that 25 percent more waste is created during the holiday season. ARR hopes to curb some of that waste by encouraging residents to look for alternative ways to give gifts this holiday season. Austinites can ‘Give A Great Story’ by purchasing used or thrifted gifts, offering experiences as gifts rather than material items, or by repairing already loved items.
Choosing zero waste gifts over newly purchased or produced items benefits the local economy, keeps valuable items out of the landfill, and avoids spending the energy and resources required to manufacture new products.
Zero waste gift ideas include:
Turning tea cups or baskets found at thrift stores into planters.
Gifting memberships to clubs, museums, zoos or galleries.
Having a favorite pair of boots resoled and polished.
Austinites can also reduce holiday waste by:
Reusing materials like newspaper, posters, maps or fabric to wrap gifts.
Sending e-cards instead of mailing paper holiday cards.
Using and washing reusable tableware for holiday meals instead of single-use disposable options.
Austin Resource Recovery provides a wide range of services designed to transform waste into resources while keeping our community clean. Services include curbside collection of recycling, trash, yard trimmings and large brush and bulk items; street sweeping; dead animal collection; household hazardous waste disposal and recycling; and outreach and education. Austin Resource Recovery offers free, voluntary, and confidential consulting services to help Austin businesses reduce waste and comply with the City’s recycling ordinances. In December 2011, the Austin City Council approved the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan, which is the City’s road map to Zero Waste. The City of Austin is committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to area landfills by 90 percent by 2040. Learn more at austinrecycles.com
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