City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Austin Resource Recovery media line 512-974-1800
Customers with debris that still needs to be collected should contact Austin 3-1-1 for a special collection through June 30, 2023.
AUSTIN, TX - Austin Resource Recovery (ARR), a department of the City of Austin, has completed its third and final pass through the city to collect storm debris from customers as a result of the February 2023 winter storm. Crews drove along all streets and picked up debris properly set at the curb. In addition, over 40,000 storm debris service requests were submitted through Austin 3-1-1. All existing 3-1-1 service requests for storm debris collection are now being closed.
Customers should contact Austin 3-1-1 to request a new special collection if they still have debris to be collected. Customers can enter a service request online or download the Austin 3-1-1 mobile app at austin311.org. Crews will respond to service requests through June 30, 2023. After June 30, standard City operations for curbside collections will resume.
Austin and Travis County residents can also drop off debris such as tree limbs, branches, shrubs and leaves at Austin Water's Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant at 2210 FM 973 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The facility has accepted over 4,166 tons of storm debris through 8,922 customer drop-offs.
ARR collected an unprecedented amount of debris from the 2023 winter storm. Crews have collected over 169,637 tons of debris in over 23,668 truckloads during the past three months. That is enough debris to fill Q2 stadium more than four times. ARR typically collects around 6,000 tons of material in an entire year of semiannual large brush collections.
Sites that were used as temporary storm debris storage areas to help speed up debris collection efforts are being restored. Grass seed and hydromulch have been added to Circle C Ranch Metro Park, and the grass will need time to grow. However, the walking trail has been fully restored. All storm debris has been removed from the Bolm District Park and Old Manor Road, and the sites were cleared of any litter and illegal dumping that was there prior to storm operations. The storm debris material brought to these sites was ground into mulch and transported to Austin Water's Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant, where it will be used to create Dillo Dirt™.
“We want to thank our customers for their patience during the winter storm cleanup efforts over the past three months,” says ARR Acting Director Richard McHale. “Storm debris removal at this scale is a massive undertaking that takes time, but we are through the majority of it now. We know some material remains to be collected. Customers with branches at the curb should contact Austin 3-1-1 through June 30.”
Storm debris collection information and updates can be found at austintexas.gov/stormdebris.
About Austin Resource Recovery
Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) is a department of the City of Austin. We provide essential services that protect people and our planet. We collect recycling, composting, trash, large brush, bulk items and dead animals. We also sweep the streets, recycle and safely dispose of household hazardous waste, and provide community outreach and education. ARR is driving the global transformation of traditional waste management to sustainable resource recovery. Learn more at austinrecycles.com