The Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO) supports Austin’s zero waste goal. The ordinance requires:
commercial business owners and multifamily properties to ensure that all commercial tenants, multifamily residents and employees have access to recycling.
food-permitted businesses to ensure that all employees have convenient access to diversion methods that keep organic materials out of landfills. Organic material can include unused food, food scraps and food-soiled paper.
The property owner or business manager is responsible for meeting the recycling (and/or organics) requirements and to fill out a recycling (and/or organics) plan every year. Violations of the URO (Austin City Code Chapter 15-6) are a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by fines up to $2,000 per day, per offense.