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About Austin Resource Recovery

Austin Resource Recovery provides residential curbside collection of trash, recycling, composting and yard trimmings. Additional services include street sweeping, dead animal collection, operating a drop-off center for household hazardous waste and collecting bulk items and large brush.

The Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center will reopen, by appointment only

Beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020 the Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center will reopen by appointment only, following a temporary closure in March 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. The center will resume its acceptance of hard to recycle items such as Styrofoam and plastic film, as well as household hazardous waste. Austin/Travis County residents can schedule a drop-off time.

City of Austin reinstates extra garbage fees

Previously, the City of Austin had temporarily waived fees for extra bags of trash. A recent vote from Council removed the fee waiver. Effective Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, the City will resume charging for the disposal of extra bags of trash. Customers may purchase excess garbage stickers from local grocery stores for $4 each plus tax; otherwise, they will be charged $9.60 plus tax for each additional bag set out with their trash cart. Learn more about curbside trash services.

Help protect the health and safety ARR staff, please remember to bag and tie all trash to keep it contained.

Use a BPI-certified compostable bag or paper bag for compost. Do not bag recycling.

About Zero Waste

The City of Austin is committed to a Zero Waste goal to reduce the amount of trash sent to landfills by 90 percent by the year 2040.

Zero Waste is a philosophy that goes beyond recycling to focus first on reducing trash and reusing products and then recycling and composting the rest. Zero Waste recognizes that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, and everything is a resource for something or someone else. 

Our Vision: To be the national Zero Waste leader in the transformation from traditional integrated waste collection to sustainable resource recovery.

Our Mission: To achieve Zero Waste by providing excellent customer services that promote waste reduction, increase resource recovery and support the City of Austin’s sustainability efforts.


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