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Four Austin families try to reduce the amount of waste they generate while documenting their progress on camera… all for a chance to win a Sustainable Home Improvement Package worth more than $2,000. Watch all five episodes!

Austin took an important step toward a more sustainable future by establishing a goal to reach Zero Waste by 2040 and by adopting the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan. But we can’t do it alone. In fact, the City of Austin collects just 15 percent of all the materials generated in Austin. So, we rely on partnerships with private sector service providers, nonprofits, educational institutions, public agencies, the business community and Austin residents to make Zero Waste a reality.

The Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance (SUBO) took effect in March 2013. The ordinance regulated the types of bags that could be distributed by businesses in Austin and encouraged a shift to reusable bags.  After the Texas Supreme Court ruled that a similar bag ban in Laredo, Texas violated state law, Austin lost its ability to enforce the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance.

K-12 Youth Education: Generation Zero

Austin Resource Recovery is committed to achieving Zero Waste by educating Austin’s youth to create the next Generation Zero! Austin Resource Recovery, in partnership with Keep Austin Beautiful, provides presentations, activity kits, youth service projects and field trips for students in grades K through 12. Join us to engage youth in fun, hands-on activities and service projects to raise awareness about recycling, composting and conservation while fostering environmental stewardship.

On Dec. 15, 2011, the Austin City Council unanimously approved adoption of the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan. A culmination of two years of research, stakeholder engagement and community input, the Master Plan sets the stage for the Department’s programs and services for the next 30 years and beyond.