Austin’s goal to reach Zero Waste by 2040 means keeping at least 90 percent of discarded materials out of local landfills. Studies show about 40 percent of materials going to local landfills are made up of food waste and other organic materials.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2018, all food-permitted businesses will be required by the Universal Recycling Ordinance to do their part to keep organic materials (food scraps, soiled napkins/paper towels and expired food) out of landfills. Food-permitted businesses include grocery stores, cafeterias, farmer’s markets, convenience stores, restaurants, coffee shops and food trucks.
To learn more about the requirements and how you can reduce organic waste, check out the short video below or visit AustinTexas.gov/BizOrganics.