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October 2019
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Kids dressed in homemade costumes: a cowboy and a cat

Halloween costumes: resurrected

Most store-bought Halloween costumes cost $20-$60 per person and are made of cheap polyester materials that are often thrown away after a single wear. Instead of going for the quick grab at the party store, consider these eek-o-friendly alternatives to save some green and give those costumes a second life.
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ACL & Austin Materials Marketplace: Drumming up solutions for waste

Austin City Limits (ACL), the international music festival held at Zilker Park each October, does things big. Big-name headliners, crowds, stages and, potentially, a lot of waste. But thanks to efforts between festival planners and community partners, ACL is becoming a more sustainable event. Last year, ACL teamed up with Austin Materials Marketplace (AMM) to reduce waste from the iconic Austin event, diverting over 2,000 pounds of ACL’s would-be waste from the landfill and, instead, giving it a second life.
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Furniture and other items are collected at a donation station in West Campus during MoveOutATX

MoveOutATX 2019 Recap

MoveOutATX is a community effort to keep good stuff out of landfills during the university move-out season. This year, the program redirected more than 92 tons of valuables from the landfill to people in need. Around 1,000 drop-offs were made at 10 stations during the last two weekends in July. The amount of furniture, housewares and food kept out of landfills could fill 42 school busses! The Austin community received:
  • 1,000 meals to those in need
  • $15,500 benefiting programming for children and single mothers
  • 500+ pieces of furniture resold at reduced rates to Austinites
  • Tens of thousands of dollars benefiting local workforce development and rehabilitation programs
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Park ranger throws trash in a trashcan

Leave no trace, leave the leaves

As Austin's population continues to soar, each of us can help ensure that our city's parks, trails and open spaces are protected and enjoyed for generations to come by practicing Leave No Trace. It's easy! Just practice these Seven Principles each time you head outdoors. They provide guidance to enjoy our natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created impacts. 
  1. Plan ahead and prepare
  2. Travel on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Be careful with fire
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors
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Do you own or manage a business? Attend a free Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO) training session to network with other business owners and property managers, and learn about zero waste best practices and the City of Austin’s recycling and organics requirements. City staff will answer questions and provide assistance. Free educational materials will be available.
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Chicken
Join us for a FREE chicken keeping class on October 19. Take the class and qualify for a $75 rebate on a chicken coop.
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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 26.
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Looking for a fun-filled event this fall? Visit us at the Spooktacular Bash on Saturday, October 26 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at George Washington Carver Museum. There will be games, a bouncy house, face painting, costume contest and a spooky house exhibit. Come and enjoy fun for the whole family!
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People sitting around a circular table
Join us for Re-Thinking Design: Designing Out Waste during Austin Design Week on Monday, November 4. Participate in an interactive workshop to discover how you can apply the circular economy in your daily work.
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