September 2018
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Our fun new videos can help you recycle right

We're excited to share our entertaining new video campaign with you. These fun videos can help you reduce contamination in your blue recycling cart. Contamination in the recycling stream happens when people place incorrect items or materials in their blue recycling carts or put in the correct items in an incorrect way (recyclables in plastic bags or containers with food). Since 2012, contamination rates have been steadily increasing, and a recent audit shows an average of 15.5% contamination in residential recycling city-wide. In an effort to combat this, Austin Resource Recovery created three public service announcements to educate our residential customers about what to keep out of the blue cart and how to decrease curbside recycling contamination. Watch the whole series by scrolling to the bottom of our Residential Recycling Collection page!
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The flaws of straws

So, what’s the deal with straws? Well for one, their short usage lifespan may not be worth the strain on the environment. Straws decompose at a rate of 200 years. Meaning it could take upwards of two (really healthy) human lifespans for the Earth to naturally break down a tiny item you use to drink soda. Multiply that by the billions used worldwide each year and you can begin to see how we have a problem to solve.
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Montopolis Park: Brownfield to Butterfly

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A cornerstone of East Austin for more than four decades, Montopolis Park will soon experience a metamorphosis. The timeworn recreation building will undergo a transformation into a new, full-fledged community and recreational center.  It’s already a charming gathering place for nearby residents to recreate, celebrate and meet their neighbors, but after long-planned renovations are complete, this 6.4 acre park will evolve into a crown jewel of Austin’s Eastside and it’ll be retitled, Montopolis Recreation and Community Center. 

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What's a Fix-It Clinic?

People fix a record player at a Fix-It Clinic.

In the U.S., the average person generates about five pounds of landfill trash per day. One great way to reduce some of this waste is by repairing things that are still needed, but no longer work. Fix-It Clinics aim to keep repairable items out of landfills by making it easy to fix items yourself; they're free, fun, and experts are there to guide you every step of the way.
Join us at Austin’s next Fix-It Clinic:
Saturday, September 29, 2018, noon – 3 p.m.
Manchaca Road Branch of Austin Public Library

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Composting is easier than it sounds! Take this FREE 15-minute online class and qualify for a $75 rebate on a home composting system. 
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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 27.
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