The city of Austin is expanding its curbside compost program to an additional 38,000 customers of Austin Resource Recovery within the next two months.
The program, which currently serves 14,000 Austin Resource Recovery customers, began in 2013 and has collected more than 15,000 tons of compostable waste since its implementation.
The city hopes that the program’s expansion will help it move closer to its goal of achieving zero waste by 2040.
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In an effort to cut down on the amount of food scraps being sent to Austin’s landfills, the city of Austin is expanding its curbside compost program to more customers. In two months, another 38,000 customers of Austin Resource Recovery will have access to curbside compost collection.
“Almost half of what you have in your trash cart right now could be turned into compost that can be used in gardens, in farming, and can amend our soil.,” said Emlea Chanslor with Austin Resource Recovery.
The pilot program was rolled out in 2013 and until now, served 14,000 Austin Resource Recovery customers. Austin Resource Recovery says more than 15,000 tons of compostable was has been collected since the roll out. They’re expecting those numbers to spike with the additional households.