Austin Resource Recovery conducted a pilot program to test organics collection at multifamily communities in Austin and gather information to inform policy discussions. This pilot helped the City understand the unique challenges faced by Austin multifamily properties and allowed participating properties to test composting and organics collection in their communities.

Eight properties participated in the pilot and shared their feedback through surveys and audits.

Austin Resource Recovery is collecting feedback from residents about composting at apartments and condos. Please share your thoughts by completing the survey by November 30, 2022.

Key pilot findings

  • An estimated 30% of residents used the composting service during the pilot period.
  • Weekly audits showed containers were usually around half full on pick-up day.
  • Costs for shared-community collection bins were between $0.80 - $2.95 per unit, per month.

Stakeholder meetings

  • October 6, 2022, 11 a.m. | City Hall Room 1101: Board and Commission Room
  • October 20, 2022, 1 p.m. | City Hall Room 1101: Board and Commission Room
  • November 2, 2022, 6 p.m. | Terrazas Branch Library (Multifamily residents)
  • November 14, 2022, 3 p.m. | Twin Oaks Branch Library (Multifamily property managers)
  • December 1, 2022, 12 p.m. | Austin Energy HQ, 4815 Mueller Blvd, Shudde Fath Hall (URO Committee meeting)

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Community Composting images
Food waste and other organic material in a green cart during the pilot Composting dumpster and cart during the pilot