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December 2019
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Gift outside of the box! The latest gadget or toy can quickly lose its appeal but experiences build memories that will last a lifetime. Twenty-five percent more waste is created during the holidays. Combat the excess and help Austin reach our Zero Waste Goal.
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Happy (Zero Waste) Holidays

The Holidays are in full swing. Along with all the joy and merriment, they can also bring a lot of extra waste! In fact, the United States generates 25 percent more waste during the holiday season. Here are some ways you can put a freeze on the issue and spread some eco-friendly cheer.
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Recycle your Christmas tree

Beginning December 26, 2019, City of Austin curbside customers can recycle Christmas trees by setting them on the curb by 6:30 a.m. on their scheduled trash collection day! Trees must be free of all decorations, lights, stands and plastic bags. Trees over six feet should be cut in half. Trees with 'flocking' (artificial snow) cannot be recycled. 

What if you're not a City of Austin curbside customer, or if you missed your scheduled collection? No problem! Austinites can drop off their trees for recycling at the Zilker Park Polo Fields from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on:
  • Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019
  • Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019
  • Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020
  • Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020
Trees collected will be turned into mulch and made available to the public for free on a first-come, first-served basis starting Jan. 16. Please bring your own tools and storage containers for loading and transporting the mulch.
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'Tis the season... for extra recycling

Once the holiday hustle and bustle slows down and the presents have been unwrapped, you’re somehow left with a mountain of excess materials such as cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, ribbon and bows, Styrofoam and other packaging materials. You’re not alone! In fact, the amount of trash produced in the United States increases an estimated 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day! But, did you know that a majority of holiday wrapping material can be recycled and/or repurposed? Check out our list of alternative ways to dispose of excess holiday gifting materials.
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Happy Holidays from Austin Resource Recovery! Remember that all trash, recycling and compost (or yard trimmings) collections will "slide" forward one day on Christmas and one day on New Year's Day.
Download your personalized 2020 curbside services calendar or get reminders for all your curbside collections via text, phone call, email, Google calendar, iCal or Outlook. It's free and easy! Never forget your collections again!
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The City of Austin has updated its gift policy to allow employees to accept small gifts of gratitude from the public. Things like food, bottled water, coffee or boxed lunches are acceptable, so long as they are under a $50 value. Employees cannot ever accept cash or gift cards, (even if under $50) or gifts that are intended to improperly influence or reward their work. You can always show appreciation by leaving a compliment with 3-1-1 or on our Facebook page.
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Join us for a FREE class about backyard composting or chicken keeping on Saturday, January 11. Take a class and qualify for a $75 rebate on a home composting system or chicken coop. Can't make it? Additional classes are available.
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