Everyone has a role in achieving Zero Waste in Austin. Here’s how you can help:

Rethink – what can you do differently?

Before you buy an item, or use and discard one, ask yourself:

  • Can I buy this product with less packaging, no packaging or in a reusable container?
  • Can I or someone else use this again?
  • Will the manufacturer take this product back at the end of its life?
  • Can I recycle this after I use it?

Reduce – generate less garbage

  • Buy products that are made to last
  • Buy in bulk or select the largest container possible
  • Use reusable products, such as:
    • Reusable grocery bags
    • Reusable water bottles and coffee mugs
    • Cloth towels and napkins
    • Reusable food containers
    • Rechargeable batteries

Reuse – extend the life of what you have

  • Donate unwanted items to local charities, thrift stores or through online communities
  • Find new options for donating or reselling unwanted items with the Austin Reuse Directory
  • Take products back to manufacturers when possible

Recycle – close the loop

  • Buy goods packaged in recycled and recyclable materials
  • Compost your food scraps and yard trimmings
  • Recycle as much as possible