Free Service Begins Dec. 5 for Austin Resource Recovery Curbside Customers
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Austin Resource Recovery will launch a free new service for its curbside customers this December: clothing and housewares recycling. Austin Resource Recovery has partnered with an independent company – Simple Recycling – to provide the service, which will occur on customers’ regular recycling day and week beginning Dec. 5. Many types of clothing and housewares can be recycled, including shoes, accessories, fabrics scraps, stuffed toys, linens, tools, toys, hats, purses, kitchenware and books.
A 2014 waste characterization study found that ARR curbside customers send approximately 3,322 tons of textiles to Austin landfills each year. “This new service is a step in the right direction to help us get on track to meet our benchmarks for Zero Waste,” said Bob Gedert, Austin Resource Recovery Director. “The most recent figures show our diversion rate is about 42 percent, so if we hope to meet our next benchmark – keeping 75 percent of waste out of landfills by 2020 – we are asking all customers to use this program to ensure these materials are not going to the landfill.”
Customers will use green bags provided by Simple Recycling to collect their items and leave them on the curb next to their blue recycling cart on their recycling collection day. When Simple Recycling collects a bag, they will leave a new bag in its place for the resident. The plastic bags will be recycled after the items are collected.
This new service will be provided free of charge. Simple Recycling will pay the City of Austin $20 per ton of material collected and they will keep the remaining profits from the sale of the collected items. This allows them to make a profit while providing the service to the City and its residents free of charge. They will sell as many items for reuse as possible, first within the state of Texas, then nationally, then internationally. Items that cannot be reused will be sold for recycling. Only items that cannot be reused or recycled will be disposed of in the landfill.
Austinites who don’t receive curbside services from Austin Resource Recovery, such as those who live in apartments, can still participate, by dropping off clothing and housewares at the City’s Recycle & Reuse Drop-Off Center at 2514 Business Center Drive.
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. 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 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. Learn more at austinrecycles.com.
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