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April 2019
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Coffee—hold the plastic: Easy single-use plastic swaps

On our current path, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050, so something’s got to change. Austin is taking the next step, but this time, we are taking our commitment global. Along with over 350 businesses, organizations and governments, Austin has joined the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment with the goal of eliminating unnecessary plastic.

A key goal of the New Plastics Economy is to move from single-use to reusable models, keeping materials in use and out of the environment. With this in mind, we are using Earth Month to take a hard look at single-use plastics and how we can reduce the amount we use in our everyday lives by opting for easy, reusable swaps.

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Vintage war poster of chickens. "Save kitchen scraps to feed the hens."

Bawk to the future: How backyard chicken keeping began as a war effort

Today’s backyard chickens are pampered pets, but that wasn't always the case. In a relatively short time, America has gone from chickens as sustenance to chickens as feathered, backyard pets with benefits (eggs, insect control and free fertilizer). The history of backyard chickening is a fascinating story and an important lesson on how food production and conservation helped win wars.
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Free chicken keeping class

Take a free chicken keeping class and get $75 towards a coop

Want a $75 rebate on a chicken coop? Get one through the City of Austin Home Composting Rebate Program. Attend a free chicken keeping class in the community, then apply! There's still space available at our classes on April 13 and May 4. Classes fill up fast for this popular program, so reserve your spot now.

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Austin's Soil Kitchen, April 13-14 with soil and gardening tools

Get your soil tested for free at Soil Kitchen

Soil Kitchen is an opportunity to get your soil tested for free! Soil brought to the kitchen will be screened for heavy metals and tested for soil nutrients. Soil from your backyard, schools and community gardens are all eligible and the results will help growers safely and effectively start or continue gardening.

Austin Resource Recovery's Brownfields Revitalization Office will hold this year's Soil Kitchen on April 13, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (at the East Austin Garden Fair) and on April 14, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (for soil sample drop-off only).
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[RE]verse Finalist Pitch Event

At the final event, the [RE]verse Pitch finalists will pitch and compete for the Innovation Prize. Join us April 30 to find out who will be receiving Innovation Prizes to start a new social enterprise!

What's [RE]verse Pitch? Entrepreneurs are used to pitching their business idea to investors, partners and anyone they might share an elevator ride with. In this competition, the tables turn. This competition helps turn valuable raw materials that are currently leaving local businesses, non-profits and institutions as waste into the raw materials for new or expanding social enterprises. 
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Image of composting process
Join us for a free backyard composting class on Saturday, April 13 or Wednesday, April 24. Take a class and qualify for a $75 rebate on a home composting system.
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Swing by our booth at the Earth Day Austin Festival on Saturday, April 13. We’ll be hosting a book donation for Recycled Reads and a fun book folding activity. Give unsellable books a second chance at life before recycling.
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2019 Career Expo with state of Texas
Interested in a career with ARR? Visit us and many other employers at the 2019 City of Austin Career Expo April 17!​
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Double check expiration dates on drugs in your medicine cabinet. Expired or unused medications can be properly disposed of at a drop-off kiosk or at the upcoming National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 27.
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Shred Day - Free Event, with image of shredded paper
Protect your identity and the environment. Get old documents shredded and recycled at Austin ARMA’s Annual Free Spring Shred Day on Saturday, April 27.
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Pile of tires
Have old tires you’ve been meaning to recycle? Drop them off for FREE at the Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center during our Tire Takeback Day on Saturday, April 27. (Normal rates may apply when dropping off tires outside of this event.)
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Passionate about reducing, reusing and recycling in your community? Join our Zero Waste Block Leader program to serve as a resource for your friends and neighbors! Attend our next orientation on Saturday, May 11.
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