Austin Resource Recovery http://kut.org en Take an Austin Composting Class, Get a Cheap Compost System http://kut.org/post/take-austin-composting-class-get-cheap-compost-system <p>The City of Austin wants to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills by encouraging residents to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/composting">compost</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Free composting classes are being offered online and throughout Austin.&nbsp;Since the program’s inception in 2010, more than 6,000 Austinites have taken a composting class.</p><p>"The City of Austin does not require residents to compost or recycle, but we do encourage people to reduce waste as much as possible," says waste diversion senior planner Sylba Everett. "The smaller the [trash] cart the less you pay on your utility bill. So by encouraging people to recycle and compost as much as possible, they could choose a smaller cart and hopefully save on their bill."</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:04:32 +0000 Larissa Liska 10029 at http://kut.org Take an Austin Composting Class, Get a Cheap Compost System Starting Today, 680 Austin Apartment Complexes Have to Offer Recycling http://kut.org/post/starting-today-680-austin-apartment-complexes-have-offer-recycling <p>Beginning today, a total of 680 Austin apartment complexes &ndash; serving approximately 140,000 households &ndash; must offer recycling.</p><p>It&#39;s <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/apartments-offices-required-offer-recycling-starting-today">the second phase </a>of the City of Austin&rsquo;s <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/universal-recycling-ordinance-uro">Universal Recycling Ordinance</a>, affecting businesses and multi-family residences, which kicks in today. Here&rsquo;s who&rsquo;s affected:</p><ul><li>Apartments and condominiums with 50 or more dwelling units</li><li>Commercial offices that are 75,000 square feet or larger Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:19:57 +0000 Matthew Alvarez 8818 at http://kut.org Starting Today, 680 Austin Apartment Complexes Have to Offer Recycling 'Trash Dance:' Documentary Puts Austin Waste Workers in Limelight http://kut.org/post/trash-dance-documentary-puts-austin-waste-workers-limelight <p>If the film "<a href="http://trashdancemovie.com/">Trash Dance</a>" has a mantra, it’s simple: Power to the people. Those people and that power, however, don’t conjure up the familiar themes of power through politics but, strangely enough, dance.</p><p>And garbage trucks.&nbsp;</p><p>The film follows <a href="http://www.forkliftdanceworks.org/">choreographer Allison Orr</a>’s work with Austin Energy and Solid Waste Services to make meticulously synchronized dance routines featuring everyday utility service vehicles.&nbsp;So it’s power to the people, who give you power and haul your trash.</p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 13:15:00 +0000 Andrew Weber & Wells Dunbar 7558 at http://kut.org 'Trash Dance:' Documentary Puts Austin Waste Workers in Limelight All Austin Restaurants Will Start Composting Food Scraps by 2017 http://kut.org/post/all-austin-restaurants-will-start-composting-food-scraps-2017 <p></p><p>Taking out the trash is a thing of the past: All Austin restaurants will have to start composting by 2017, and restaurants 5,000 square feet and up only have until 2016. The Austin City Council <a href="http://austin.siretechnologies.com/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=381&amp;doctype=agenda&amp;itemid=23209">approved the ordinance change</a> today.</p><p>Don’t worry: your favorite restaurant isn’t tearing up the parking lot and turning it into a compost heap. Restaurants will be allowed take their pick of private contractors to pick up their food scraps and haul them off for composting.</p><p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 20:14:21 +0000 Ann Choi & Wells Dunbar 7506 at http://kut.org All Austin Restaurants Will Start Composting Food Scraps by 2017 Grass is Greener for Austin's Zero Waste Future http://kut.org/post/grass-greener-austins-zero-waste-future <p>Austin’s one of the few cities in Texas where you might start composting to avoid being ostracized by friends.</p><p>Whether its groundwater, tap water, urban farming, salamander saving or the bag ban, the city’s got a whole slew of unique, environmentally-friendly idiosyncrasies. Even some of the trucks that haul trash to the landfill are green, running on natural gas.</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:37:41 +0000 Andrew Weber 7468 at http://kut.org Grass is Greener for Austin's Zero Waste Future Austin Businesses Prep for Bag Ban http://kut.org/post/austin-businesses-prep-bag-ban <p>Austin’s<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/bags" target="_blank"> </a><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/say-goodbye-single-use-shopping-bags-march-2013" target="_blank">ban on some single-use bags</a> goes into effect in just over three weeks. Today, area businesses will get training on the new bag rules.</p><p>The city is holding two training sessions for restaurants, grocery stores and retail stores: one this morning, and<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/event/free-carryout-bag-business-training-evening-session?width=80%25&amp;height=80%25&amp;iframe=true?width=80%25&amp;height=80%25&amp;iframe=true"> another one at 6 p.m.</a></p><p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 18:32:49 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 6500 at http://kut.org Austin Businesses Prep for Bag Ban Austin Resource Recovery Wheels Out Pilot Compost Program http://kut.org/post/austin-resource-recovery-wheels-out-pilot-compost-program <p>The brown bin and the blue bin have company: The green bin, for compost.</p><p>Austin Resource Recovery customers are familiar with the trash bin (the brown one) and the recycling bin (the blue container). But nearly 8,000 customers are now giving the 96-gallon green bin a tryout, in a pilot program to determine the feasibility of a citywide composting program.</p><p>In case you’ve been living under a rock – albeit one nowhere near a compost pile –&nbsp; <a href="http://www.epa.gov/compost/basic.htm">composting</a> is the process of turning food scraps and organic, biodegradable refuse into a nutrient-rich soil appropriate for gardening and landscaping.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 21:22:01 +0000 Wells Dunbar 6036 at http://kut.org Austin Resource Recovery Wheels Out Pilot Compost Program Austin Expands Recycling Program http://kut.org/post/austin-expands-recycling-program <p></p><p>Every year Austin adds a new material to its recycling stream. This year it’s aluminum. Tin foil and baking&nbsp;pans can now go in the blue single stream recycling containers for pickup.</p><p>The materials collected from recycling bins are sorted, packaged and sold so they can be processed into new materials. The new stream of aluminum waste will be sent out of the country, as are plastics and paper, currently. But the city is trying to develop more local sources for processing recycled waste. Bob Gedert is with Austin Resource Recovery.</p><p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 22:05:50 +0000 Era Sundar 5779 at http://kut.org Austin Expands Recycling Program What’s Changed in the Latest Bag Ban Proposal? http://kut.org/post/what%E2%80%99s-changed-latest-bag-ban-proposal <p><a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/austin-resource-recovery">Austin Resource Recovery</a>&nbsp;(ARR) presented their newest draft of a disposable bag ban to <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/city-council-preview-electric-rates-weekend-rail-plus-bags-and-taxi-vomit-fee-returns">the City Council today</a>.</p><p>So what&rsquo;s changed since <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/blowing-wind-plastic-bag-ban-timeline">the proposal was last floated</a>?</p><p>ARR director Bob Gedert initially discussed a temporary surcharge &nbsp;&ndash; either 10 cents a bag, or a dollar per transaction &ndash;&nbsp;to fund the initial, educational phase of the ordinance.&nbsp;</p><p>But Gedert raised the surcharge proposal only to take it off the table moments later. Citing implementation challenges, he ultimately recommended against the measure, a move Mayor Lee Leffingwell&nbsp;supported. Leffingwell said no fees in the interim period would provide a &ldquo;safe harbor&rdquo; for customers, and ensure &ldquo;people are not left trying to carry 20 cans of peas out in their arms.&rdquo;</p><p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 20:38:01 +0000 Huma Munir 3624 at http://kut.org What’s Changed in the Latest Bag Ban Proposal? Blowing in the Wind: A Plastic Bag Ban Timeline http://kut.org/post/blowing-wind-plastic-bag-ban-timeline <p>Plans to phase out single-use plastic bags at Austin retailers are still up in the air.</p><p><a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/austin-resource-recovery">Austin Resource Recovery</a>, the department tasked with drafting an ordinance banning the bags, has drafted and scrapped two separate ordinances in as many months. But with a lull before the department rolls out their third (and presumably final) draft, now is as good a time as any to pin down their previous proposals. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:12:43 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3467 at http://kut.org Blowing in the Wind: A Plastic Bag Ban Timeline City Ignores Weird Name Ideas for Solid Waste Services http://kut.org/post/city-ignores-weird-name-ideas-solid-waste-services <p>When the city polled people online for a name to replace &ldquo;Solid Waste Services Department&rdquo;, Austinites came up with some whimsical suggestions: The Ministry of Filth, the Department of Neat and Clean, and Keep Austin Wasted.&nbsp;</p><p>The suggestion with the most votes honored the lead singer of metal rap band <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limp_Bizkit">Limp Bizkit</a>: the Fred Durst Society of the Humanities and Arts.</p><p>Did you really think the city would choose one of those names? Of course you didn&rsquo;t. Instead it went with this one: <a href="http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/sws/sws_news_details.cfm?nwsid=4024">Austin Resource Recovery</a>. Fri, 16 Sep 2011 20:36:32 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2537 at http://kut.org City Ignores Weird Name Ideas for Solid Waste Services