October 2018
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Austin Still Brings It

Austin’s Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance, which was in effect for five years, regulated the types of bags Austin businesses could distribute and encouraged a shift to reusable bags. According to a 2015 study, Austin had seen a 75% reduction in the number of single-use plastic bags in its litter composition. The ordinance was overturned in July, but Austin is home to those who still bring it! Join the thousands of Austinites who still bring their reusable bags every time they shop. Use #IStillBringIt on Facebook to share why you still bring it! Watch some of their stories and check back often because we will be adding more.
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Tips for an Eek-O-Friendly Halloween

Everyone likes a good fright for Halloween, but there is nothing scarier than piles of garbage taking over our streets! Instead of buying cheap one-time use items to spook up your celebration, these tips can help you reduce, reuse and recycle items to honor Austin’s sixth annual Reuse Day on October 20 and have a more Zero Waste Halloween.
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Final Phase of Austin’s Universal Recycling Ordinance to Reduce Food Waste

As of Monday, October 1, Austin implemented the final stage of the Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO) mandating "all food-permitted businesses" responsibly dispose of organic waste. Options include donating extra food to feed people (preferred), sending food scraps to local animal farms or ranches, developing customized solutions and composting, either on-site or with a private organic collection provider.
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Fall Family Fun at the Spooktacular Bash

Looking for a fun-filled event this fall? Join us on Thursday, October 25 for a Spooktacular Bash at Fiesta Gardens Building! There will be games, a bouncy house, face painting, costume contest, and a spooky house exhibit. Come on by Fiesta Gardens to enjoy fun for the whole family! This event is brought to you by Austin Code Department with participation from Austin Resource Recovery, Austin 3-1-1, Austin Police Department and Austin Water.
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Compost cycle illustration
Visit us at the Fermentation Festival on October 21 at Austin Central Library. We will have an info booth and will offer a FREE backyard composting class at 11:15 a.m. Take the class and qualify for a $75 rebate on a home composting system. 
Double-check expiration dates of 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 October 27.
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Visit us at Viva La Vida Festival & Parade on October 27.
Shred old documents at Austin ARMA’s 6th Annual Free Fall Shred Day on November 3.
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