August 2019
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Save money on back-to-school shopping with the Austin Reuse Directory

Did you know the average American household spends $510 on back-to-school shopping? While that number may seem high, it’s not surprising – buying new clothes, sports equipment, electronics, school supplies and classroom materials can add up. But what if we told you there’s a way to dramatically reduce these costs by thinking reuse?
The Austin Reuse Directory is a free online tool that makes it easy to find local, gently-used items that fit your back-to-school needs and budget.
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Classic Childhood owner Pamela Torres  shows an infant romper she made out of a men's dress shirt

Circular Innovators: Classic Childhood upcycles men’s dress shirts into European-style clothing for infants

We’re glad to welcome Classic Childhood to the stage, a generational-leap towards inspiring our children to benefit from circular principles. Classic Childhood is an online retail store that specializes in upcycling old shirts into European-style clothing for infants. They are tackling the problem of fast fashion that has taken over the clothing industry.
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What’s up with those violet trash bags appearing around Austin?

The trash lining Austin underpasses and streets is nothing new, but one solution to the problem is painting the town violet. The City of Austin Service Design Lab, in collaboration with Austin Resource Recovery, Public Works and additional municipal departments, launched the Violet Bag Program. This six-week program aims to address the issue of litter by providing trash bags and collection services to individuals experiencing homelessness.
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Austin Resource Recovery recycling truck decked out in rainbows at a prior Pride Parade.
Join us at Austin's Pride Parade Saturday, August 10, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. Check out 120+ entries, floats, performances and more!
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Four kids sit a table holding and inspecting worms.
Wiggle your way to the library on August 14 to discover different types of composting and the role of decomposers. Specifically, the role worms play in turning food into soil. Explore a Red Wiggler Worm compost bin and get to interact with the worms. This is a Keep Austin Beautiful youth education lesson in partnership with Austin Resource Recovery, recommended for children ages 5+.
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Help the City of Austin make a better website. Get a $5 HEB gift card for giving us five minutes of feedback.
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Old medication bottles
Make sure to double-check expiration dates of drugs in your medicine cabinet. Any expired or unused medications can be properly disposed of at a drop-off kiosk.
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