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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 and activity kits for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Join us to engage youth in fun, hands-on activities to raise awareness about recycling, composting and conservation while fostering environmental stewardship.

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.

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