Austin Resource Recovery Receives National Community Improvement Award for Recycling & Waste Management
Austin Resource Recovery was awarded a Keep America Beautiful National Community Improvement Award in the Recycling & Waste Management category for government agencies at Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards Ceremony, which took place January 24 during Keep America Beautiful’s 2017 National Conference in Washington, D.C.
“These imaginative, inspirational and transformative community leaders help bring to life creative, resourceful and meaningful actions that help make their communities more socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound,” said Mike Rosen, Keep America Beautiful senior vice president, marketing and communications, who served as emcee of the event.
In 2015, Austin Resource Recovery commissioned an independent study that found 44 percent of material in the residential trash could have been recycled. In an effort to increase communitywide recycling, ARR launched the Austin Recycles Games, a citywide recycling competition between Austin’s 10 City Council districts. The Austin Recycles Games calculated pounds of recyclables collected per household in each district for the months of December 2015 through March 2016. To encourage residents to compete in the Games, the winning district in each category was rewarded with a community beautification project valued at approximately $75,000 and a trophy created from reused materials. By the end of the competition, citywide recycling increased 7 percent over the baseline data recorded before the competition began.
“It is an honor to be recognized by Keep America Beautiful on a national level for our innovative approach to Zero Waste,” said Interim Austin Resource Recovery Director Sam Angoori. “This is a great accomplishment not only for Austin Resource Recovery and the City of Austin, but for all Austinites.”
Austin Resource Recovery was one of more than 80 individuals and organizations from communities across America to receive national recognition. Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards recognize the passion, dedication and impact of Keep America Beautiful’s partner organizations, affiliates and individuals from across the nation who share Keep America Beautiful’s vision of a country in which every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful consists of a national network of more than 620 statewide and community-based affiliates whose programs, initiatives and efforts, supported by millions of volunteers, help transform public spaces into beautiful places.
For a complete list of National Awards recipients, click here.
About Austin Resource Recovery
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. In December 2011, the Austin City Council approved the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan, which is the City’s roadmap to Zero Waste. The City of Austin is committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to area landfills by 90 percent by 2040 or sooner.
About Keep America Beautiful
At Keep America Beautiful, we want to ensure that beauty is our lasting signature. A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country in which every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people End Littering, Improve Recycling, and Beautify America’s Communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 620 state and community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. To donate or take action, visit kab.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701