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December 2018
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Give a Great Story for a Waste-Free Holiday

This holiday season, join the City of Austin in a winter wonderland of fun ideas and memorable gifts that have the added bonus of being Zero-Waste friendly! Included are some great ideas to help you gift outside of the box and give a great story to all of your friends and family this year.
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Beyond the bin: Keeping Austin clean and safe this holiday season

It’s a busy time of year for everyone, especially those in the resource recovery industry. The increase in traffic on the road and unwanted items in the bins often leads to an increase in injuries to our workers. This holiday season, Austin Resource Recovery asks you to help keep our operators in mind to ensure everyone has a safe and happy holiday.
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Recycle your tree

Beginning December 26, 2018, City of Austin curbside customers can recycle Christmas trees by setting them out on the curb by 6:30 a.m. on the scheduled collection day! All decorations, lights and stands must be removed from the tree. Trees with 'flocking' (artificial snow) cannot be recycled. Trees over 6-feet should be cut in half. Please do not place the tree in a plastic bag.
Trees 6 feet or taller should be cut in half (curbside collection only). DO NOT place tree in a bag. Remove all ornaments, decorations, lights and tree stands.
Not a City of Austin curbside customer? 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 the following dates:
  • Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018
  • Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018
  • Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019
  • Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019
Trees collected will be turned into mulch and will be available for free on a first-come, first served basis starting Jan. 17. Please bring your own tools and storage containers for loading and transporting the mulch.
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"For us, the biggest impact was exposure, networking, and finding a way to divert our scraps so they're not going to waste."

Fourth Annual [Re]verse Pitch Competition seeks material suppliers

The [Re]Verse Pitch turns the tables on the traditional pitch-style competition by encouraging the repurposing of waste (from local businesses) into the foundation of new social enterprises. Local businesses, nonprofits and institutions are invited to find sustainable solutions for their unwanted materials (aka waste) by applying to be a material supplier by December 14. Know of a business which should apply? Let us know.
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Come see us to get a reusable shopping bag at Blue Genie Artists Night Thursday, December 13, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
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.
Austin's New Year
Visit us at Austin's New Year Celebration Monday, December 31.
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Join us for our next Fix-it Clinic on Saturday, January 26, 2019, noon – 3 p.m.
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Please be aware that the City of Austin policy prohibits employees from receiving gifts, food or drinks of any value. To thank us:
  • Mail a note of thanks to PO Box 1088, Austin, Texas 78767
  • Call 3-1-1 to express your appreciation for an employee's work excellence
  • Post a compliment on our Facebook page or even upload a short video. 
Check out the updated City of Austin Utilities Online Customer Care website! It’s now easier than ever to log on, get what you need done and move on with your day. Now, if you’re paying by credit/debit card, the fees will cost you less and you can also set up recurring payments.
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