August 2018
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An Update On Single-Use Plastic Bags in Austin

By now you've heard the news — the City of Austin will no longer enforce the single-use bag ordinance. While it is disappointing that Austin is losing a tool to help protect the environment, we're confident that Austinites will continue to do their best to minimze plastic bag waste. ARR is reaching out to area businesses and residents to actively encourage the community to use reusable bags.

Over the next two months, ARR will continue dialogue with retailers, invite their feedback and gather data on the barriers and other factors driving business decisions on reintroducing plastic bags. Additionally, we will continue educating the community about the benefits of bringing reusable bags and how you can support Austin's Zero Waste goal every time you shop. Stay tuned to our Facebook page in the coming weeks for great ways you can minimize your single-use bag usage, like this neat DIY project for making bags out of old t-shirts.

Love your Neighborhood? Become a Zero Waste Block Leader!

The Zero Waste Block Leader program helps increase education and outreach by providing in-depth training for green-minded, zero waste advocates whose mission is to unite the community, promote environmental issues and lead the effort in creating a cleaner, greener Austin. 
We invite you to join our 224 Block Leaders. As a Block Leader, you will attend an orientation session, choose your level of participation, utilize education materials that we provide and meet other Zero Waste Block Leaders. Get creative in how you engage with your neighbors on the topic of Zero Waste, and we’ll help get started.
Learn more about the program by visiting, or call Jennifer Denton at 512-974-2744.

Requirements for Food-Permitted Businesses Aimed at Reducing Food Waste

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

Back to School Fun! — Play The Recycling Sorting Game

Learning good habits is easiest when we're young and the best way to learn is by playing. Our Recycling Sorting Game is a great way to add a little sustainability to your kiddo's curriculum. The recycling game is a fun way to test those waste sorting skills and learn to recycle right in a fun, interactive way.

Free Composting Classes
Saturday, August 11
11 a.m. to noon

Saturday, August 18
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, August 23
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Free Chicken Keeping Classes
Saturday, August 11
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, August 18
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Zero Waste Block Leaders
Join the movement and help Austin reach Zero Waste by 2040! Our next Block Leader orientation is:

Saturday, October 13
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
ARR is happy to be a part of this year's PRIDE Parade! Check out 120+ entries, floats, performances and more!

Saturday, Aug. 26
8 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
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 or at the upcoming National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
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