Today, Austin Resource Recovery announced the expansion of public recycling in the downtown area, an initiative called Recycle on the Go. Where there used to be only public trash cans, there are now blue-domed recycling cans as well.
“Austin’s goal is Zero Waste by 2040, and the availability of recycling in public spaces is an important piece of our strategy to meet that goal. Increasing access to recycling while raising awareness is crucial to building a sustainable downtown,” said Mayor Steve Adler.
City officials unveiled new recycling cans in the first phase of the Recycle on the Go initiative, which spans from Cesar Chavez to 3rd Street between San Antonio Street and Congress Avenue. The City converted half of the trash cans in this area to recycling. Next week, cans will be converted along Congress Avenue up to 6th Street, for a total of nearly 50 new recycling cans. Over the next three years, Recycle on the Go will expand throughout the downtown area.
“I am pleased to offer this new service to Austin residents and visitors to the downtown area. I ask all Austinites to watch for the blue domes when walking downtown, and make sure to recycle your bottles and cans,” said Austin Resource Recovery Director Bob Gedert. “Together, we can all help move Austin toward a Zero-Waste future.”
City officials were joined by the Downtown Austin Alliance and representatives of downtown businesses at today’s announcement. City staff and downtown businesses are working together to provide recycling options and to inform residents, workers and visitors of the new service.
Recycling on the Go is one part of the City’s plan to reach Zero Waste by 2040. The goal is to keep 90 percent of Austin’s waste from going to the landfill by that time. This goal can be met by reducing the amount of waste Austinites generate, as well as increasing reuse and recycling efforts.
About Austin Resource Recovery
Austin Resource Recovery provides a wide range of services designed to transform waste into resources while keeping our community clean. Services include curbside collection of recycling, trash, yard trimmings and large brush and bulk items; street sweeping; dead animal collection; household hazardous waste disposal and recycling; and outreach and education. In December 2011, the Austin City Council approved the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan, which is the City’s roadmap to Zero Waste. The City of Austin is committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to area landfills by 90 percent by 2040 or sooner. For more information, visit austinrecycles.com.
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