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September 2019
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Slow Down Austin– It’s the law!

As of September 1, Texas drivers are required to move over and slow down for vehicles in the process of collecting trash, recycling, compost, bulk and brush items. Similar to legislation for emergency vehicles, tow trucks and certain TXDOT vehicles, Chapter 545.157 of the Texas Transportation Code was amended to require motorists to slow down, safely change lanes if possible and operate with caution around solid waste trucks when safety lights are flashing.
 
ARR has over 290 trucks on Austin streets each day collecting from more than 200,000 Austin area homes. Help us spread the word and “Slow Down To Get Around”  so we can all get home safe and sound. 
Students look at three pieces of three-dimensional floral art in a stairway.

DRAWing towards Zero Waste: Local program keeps art supplies out of landfills

If you haven’t heard, there’s a colorful way to reuse in Austin. The Diverting Resources for Artistic Works program (DRAW) is an ARR service aimed at reusing and extending the lives of art supplies. Located at the Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center, and as an expansion of the center’s ReUse Store, DRAW is a resource aimed at offering barely-used art supplies to local residents in creative need.
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Circular Innovators: Miranda Bennett Studio creates Zero Waste fashion modeled after nature

The average textile dye used for clothing is made up of 8,000 synthetic chemicals and, after the dyeing process, many factories and mills will dump the excess into water streams. Miranda Bennett Studio is a modern boutique, which takes unconventional approaches to fashion. Instead of using harsh chemicals to dye products, the studio uses natural, plant-based dyes, including some dyes created from existing waste, like avocado pits and milled wood scraps. The company continuously looks for new ways to go Zero Waste.
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ARR Celebrates 10-year anniversary of Trash Dance

September marks the 10-year anniversary of the original performance of Trash Dance, a beautifully choreographed look into the daily lives of Austin’s sanitation workers. Choreographer Allison Orr of Forklift Danceworks spent the year leading up to the performance learning about the lives and jobs of Austin Resource Recovery employees and from that worked alongside them to put together a spectacular ballet of trucks, cranes, carts, and people. The whole experience was captured by documentarist Andrew Garrison who debuted Trash Dance Movie in 2012 and went on to win several film and feature awards.
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Austin Resource Recovery welcomes new director

The City of Austin has selected Ken Snipes as the new director of Austin Resource Recovery. He starts on September 23 and will report to Assistant City Manager Christopher Shorter. Director Snipes will be responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and maintaining economical and efficient resource recovery, recycling and reuse services for the City of Austin. 
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Use the My Schedule tool to download your personalized curbside services calendar or get reminders for all your curbside collections via text, phone call, email, Google calendar, iCal or Outlook. Never forget your collections again!
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Join us for a free, interactive workshop for locals interested in the business side of reuse and thrift. Learn about how to grow your customer base through marketing campaigns, partnerships and more! The workshop will be lead by Nellie Cohen, former manager of Patagonia’s Worn Wear, a circular economy program, who will provide useful reuse business tips and solutions.
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Fix-it Clinics are all about do-it-together, hands-on disassembly, troubleshooting and learning to repair. Join us at the next Fix-it Clinic on Saturday, September 28.
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