Green Living in Austin—A Newcomers Guide to Recycling Right

Whether a list highlights the fastest growing cities in the country, the best cities to live in or the greenest cities, Austin is frequently near the top. One of the many things that attract newcomers to Austin is the City’s reputation for being one of the nation’s leaders in green living and sustainability. Austinites take pride in our City and strive to keep it the home of beautiful landscapes and great hiking and biking trails.

Austin Resource Recovery, a City of Austin service, is committed to its Zero Waste goal of keeping out 90 percent of materials sent to landfills by 2040. We view discarded materials as valuable resources with the potential be more than trash. Austin Resource Recovery provides curbside recycling collection to single-family households and some small-scale multifamily customers in Austin. If you receive City of Austin curbside recycling services, you can do your part to help keep our City green and give these materials a second life by making the decision to recycle right. This means making sure the correct materials go into your blue recycling cart and that incorrect materials stay out of your cart.

With our curbside recycling program, you can mix recyclable paper, plastic, metal and glass in your blue recycling cart – there is no sorting required. So the next time you’re at the trash can, consider that items such as plastic bottles, junk mail, cardboard shoe boxes, glass bottles and aluminum cans and foil can all be transformed into new materials, just by placing them in your blue recycling cart.

Moving to a new city can be stressful and we want to make recycling as easy as possible. To do that, we offer a number of resources for new customers. Our recycling guide on the adjacent page shows what can and cannot be recycled in the City’s curbside recycling program.

For a complete listing of recycling resources, visit Austin Resource Recovery and remember to Recycle Right!

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