Recycling en Starting Today, 680 Austin Apartment Complexes Have to 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="">the second phase </a>of the City of Austin&rsquo;s <a href="">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 Starting Today, 680 Austin Apartment Complexes Have to Offer Recycling Grass is Greener for Austin's 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 Grass is Greener for Austin's Zero Waste Future Go Green With Your Evergreen: Christmas Tree Recycling <p>As we wrap up the holiday season, the Christmas decorations will soon head to into storage.</p><p>The City of Austin is encouraging residents to recycle their live Christmas trees. If you have curbside collection, just put the tree there by 6:30 a.m. on your trash day. Make sure all decorations are removed. Trees over six feet should be cut in half.</p><p>If you live in an apartment or somewhere else where you don’t get curbside collection, you can drop trees off at Zilker Park this weekend or next weekend. Tue, 01 Jan 2013 18:18:10 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 6019 at Go Green With Your Evergreen: Christmas Tree Recycling 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 Austin Expands Recycling Program Apartments, Offices Required to Offer Recycling Starting Today <p>New recycling&nbsp;rules, aiming to divert 90 percent of waste from Austin landfills by 2040, go into effect today.</p><p>The <a href="">new ordinance</a> requires more office buildings and apartments to provide recycling opportunities to employees and tenants. Apartments with 75 or more units, and commercial buildings 100,000&nbsp;square feet and larger, now have to offer recycling in addition to waste disposal.</p><p>Each year, this ordinance will tighten to include smaller properties. By October 2013 it will encompass apartments with 50 or more units, and commercial properties of 75,000&nbsp;square feet and larger. By 2014, it will include apartments with 26 or more units and properties 50,000&nbsp;square feet and up.</p><p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 17:58:34 +0000 Brandon Mulder 5211 at Apartments, Offices Required to Offer Recycling Starting Today Austin's New Recycling Center Can Process 25 Tons an Hour <p>Austin is another step closer to its goal of reaching Zero Waste by 2040, with the opening of a new facility to handle over half the city’s recyclables. &nbsp;</p><p>Austin has banned the use of&nbsp;<a href="">single-use shopping bags</a>, allowed residents to&nbsp;<a href="">opt out of excessive mailing programs</a>, and tried to&nbsp;<a href="">educate the youth</a>.&nbsp;And now, starting in October, 60 percent of Austin’s recycling will be funneled through&nbsp;<a href="">Balcones&nbsp;Resources</a>.</p><p>In the spring of 2011, the Austin City Council unanimously agreed to sign a 20-year deal with&nbsp;Balcones&nbsp;Resources to sort, bundle and sell 60 percent of Austin’s recyclables at its newly-built plant in northast Austin.</p><p>The new $25 million facility is a single-stream recycling center – which means it sorts and processes all the various recyclables (paper, glass and plastic) commingling in <a href="" target="_blank">Austin Resource Recovery</a> bins. Balcones&nbsp;says the center will be capable of processing 25 tons of single-stream recyclables.</p><p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:22:25 +0000 Hady Karl Mawajdeh 5179 at Austin's New Recycling Center Can Process 25 Tons an Hour City Warns About Fires In Large Compost Heaps <p>Spontaneous combustion is real, at least when it comes to compost heaps.</p><p>Large commercial compost heaps of over 12 feet tall can become dangerous if not properly maintained, says Lauren Hammond, spokesperson for Austin&#39;s <a href="">solid waste services department</a>.</p><p>She says, the conditions have to be &quot;just right&quot; for a pile to self-ignite.</p><p>The record triple digit heat we&#39;ve been experiencing can raise the temperature of a compost pile above 160 degrees. Mix that with the various gasses that are released from decomposition and the abundance of dry organic material, and you could have a real fire hazard on your hands.</p><p>Though most residential compost piles are no where near 12 feet tall, Hammond says, they still need to be maintained and monitored weekly. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 20:47:46 +0000 Kristen Cabrera 2373 at City Warns About Fires In Large Compost Heaps Texas Almost Doubled Computer Recycling in 2010 <p>Computer recycling in Texas almost doubled in 2010 compared the year prior, according to the state's environmental regulator. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality <a href="">says</a> 24.3 million pounds of old hard drives, motherboards and various other computer parts were diverted away from landfills last year.</p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 21:57:48 +0000 Nathan Bernier 779 at Texas Almost Doubled Computer Recycling in 2010 Austin Falls Behind San Marcos In Multifamily Recycling <p>If you were asked which Central Texas city was offers the best recycling service, what would your answer be? If you answered Austin, then you could be wrong.</p><p>As of February 1<sup>st</sup>, San Marcos residents living in multifamily units will become the first in Central Texas&nbsp; to receive a single-stream recycling service. Single-stream recycling allows residents to mix recyclable paper, aluminum cans, glass and plastic in one 90-gallon bin. &nbsp;Each apartment unit in San Marcos will be billed an extra $5.53 a month for the weekly service.</p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 22:29:25 +0000 Kenn Zuniga 695 at Austin Falls Behind San Marcos In Multifamily Recycling Wimberley Will Switch to Single-Stream Recycling in January <p>The southwest Austin exurb of <a href="">Wimberley</a>, known for its active artistic community, is going to make it easier for people and businesses to reduce landfill waste.</p><p>In a news release issued this afternoon, the City of Wimberly said it's switching to a single stream recycling program, allowing both residents and businesses to throw all their recyclables into a single container without having to sort them first.&nbsp; It's part of Wimberly's three-year contract extension with Texas Disposal Services.</p> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 22:01:09 +0000 Nathan Bernier 318 at Wimberley Will Switch to Single-Stream Recycling in January Top Morning Stories November 4, 2010 <p><strong>Texas House District 48 Race Still in Limbo</strong></p><p>Democratic Incumbent Donna Howard maintains her position&nbsp;by only 15 votes.&nbsp; Many wonder when or if her Republican challenger Dan Neil will ask for a recount.&nbsp; Neil released a comment on his <a href="">Facebook</a> last night:</p> Thu, 04 Nov 2010 12:26:21 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 202 at Top Morning Stories November 4, 2010