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January 2019
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Austin Recycles, Austin Resource Recovery News header 2019 (Happy New Year)
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New year, new habits

We’ve made it through another trip around the sun, and now it’s time to think about what we can do in the next year to help live a more Zero Waste lifestyle. Even if you start with just one extra step, it can go a long way. Here are some habits you can start today that can make a big impact in 2019. 
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Get free mulch at Zilker Park

Christmas trees collected at Zilker Park are getting a second life as wonderful, piney smelling mulch! Mulch will be available completely FREE of charge starting January 17, and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Be sure to bring your own tools such as gloves, shovels and storage containers for loading and transporting mulch.
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Common Cents: Material Trades Teach Kids about Money & Sustainability

Austin Materials Marketplace (AMM) has been helping even the youngest of start-ups reap the benefits of the circular economy. Moolah U, one of AMM’s newest participants, uses entrepreneurial summer camps to teach business basics and financial literacy to kids ages seven through 16.  Over the course of a typical week, Moolah U guides campers through pitching product ideas, applying for venture capital micro-loans, and producing and selling original merchandise. This past summer, they encouraged their young entrepreneurs to create upcycled products from materials listed on the Austin Materials Marketplace.
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What is the circular economy, anyway?

In the Zero Waste world, we often talk about used items that are about to be tossed into a bin. Making sure that as many of these items as possible go into a bin other than a trash can, so they can be recycled or composted instead, is critical to Zero Waste.

But what can we do to keep fewer items from being tossed out? What if everything around us was designed to be adapted, repaired, or reused? That’s the vision of the circular economy, which could make a major positive impact on our economic prosperity.

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With the My Schedule tool, you can upload your personalized 2019 curbside collection schedule to your iCal, Google or Outlook calendar; sign up for text, email or phone reminders; and even download a PDF to print yourself. Never forget your trash, recycling, compost (or yard trimmings) day again. It's free and easy!
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Join us for a FREE backyard composting class, Saturday, January 26. Take the class and qualify for a $75 rebate on a home composting system. 
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Join us for our next Fix-it Clinic: Saturday, January 26.
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Enter the fourth annual [Re]Verse Pitch Competition, and help turn valuable raw materials that are currently leaving local businesses, nonprofits and institutions as waste, into the foundation for new social enterprises. Attend the opening pitch on February 26 to get involved.
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You can help shape the future of Austin parks and facilities. Take this survey by January 27.
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