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February 2019
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Blue recycling cart with hearts

Show your blue cart some love

Do you ever wonder what happens to all the stuff you put into your blue recycling cart after it’s picked up at the curb? With global markets and recycling technology quickly evolving, it can be difficult to keep track, but recycling has many benefits. Let’s toss out the myths and shed some light on recycling, so you can feel good about showing your blue cart some love today and every day.
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Rober Olivier of grubTubs shows a sample food scrap collector to the 2016 [Re]Verse Pitch judges.

From Garbage Can to Business Plan: [Re]Verse Pitch Competition Inspires Austin Entrepreneurs

Each year, Austin entrepreneurs gather business ideas from a very unlikely location: other companies’ dumpsters. The [Re]Verse Pitch Competition is a social innovation program that helps draw attention to valuable raw materials that are currently leaving local businesses as waste. By introducing firms with unique by-products to environmentally-conscious start-ups, [Re]Verse Pitch turns would-be waste into the foundation of new social enterprises.
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Spring into Zero Waste

As the days get longer and the grass gets greener, many of us take this as an opportunity to clean and declutter our homes.  

Here are some tips to make your spring cleaning more Zero Waste:

It’s also important to pay close attention to potential code violations.

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Image of group at Austin City Hall during Austin [Re]Move & [Re]Use Day Proclamation

Mayor Adler proclaims January 31, 2019 Austin [Re]Move & [Re]Use Day

 In the summer of 2018, Austin Resource Recovery staff in cooperation with community members initiated several pilots in West Campus to address the accumulation of discarded items during university move-in and move-out periods, with the hope of diverting these items from our landfills.

These pilot programs yielded incredibly successful outcomes, such as the diversion of 124,000 pounds of material from the landfill and at least $18,500 in cost savings. Additionally, the profits generated from the sale of these reused materials, worth an estimated $136,000, can now support local community services including two entry-level employees at a reuse organization and provide 23 hours of employee training.

As a result, Mayor Steve Adler proclaimed January 31, 2019 Austin [Re]Move & [Re]Use Day.

Chris Shorter headshot

ARR welcomes new Assistant City Manager

In December, Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk selected two Assistant City Managers in his first steps toward reorganizing the executive team to align with Austin’s Strategic Direction. Chris Shorter will manage efforts on health & environment and culture & lifelong learning, which includes the oversight of Austin Resource Recovery.
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February 18 is National Battery Day. Did you know there are battery recycling drop-off sites all over Austin? Make a positive environmental impact by keeping used batteries out of the landfill. Find the sites near you.
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Join us for a FREE backyard composting class, Saturday, February 23. Take the class and qualify for a $75 rebate on a home composting system. Can't make it? Additional classes are available.
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Take part in our 10-minute carryout bag survey.  We want to know your thoughts and opinions, in order to better serve you in the future. All answers will be kept strictly confidential.
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Set your carts 5 feet apart, by 6 am (with cart illustration)
Remember: place your carts at the curb by 6:30 a.m. and give them some room to breathe! Placing carts 5 feet apart allows collection crews to safely pick them up and empty them out.
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