The City of Austin is expanding its curbside composting program to the last batch of public trash collection customers. Roughly 55,000 more homes throughout the city will be able to have their compost picked up by Austin Resource Recovery, bringing the total served by the program to 207,000 by mid-February.

The program includes mostly single-family homes and excludes many multi-family properties, like apartment buildings, since those are typically serviced by private trash collectors. Residents can search their address here to see if they’re included in the program and when their first collection will be.

“By collecting food scraps, soil, paper and yard trimmings at the curb, we will keep valuable materials out of our landfills, prolonging the life of the landfills, improving Austin’s air quality and reducing harmful greenhouse gases,” Austin Resource Recovery Director Ken Snipes said at a virtual press conference Tuesday.

Austin’s curbside composting program is part of a larger effort to cut down on waste. A decade ago, City Council members adopted a goal of diverting 90% of the city’s trash from landfills by 2040. Since the composting program began in 2017, the city has diverted 91,000 tons of compostable material from landfills, Snipes said.

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Author: Audrey McGlinchy, KUT 90.5
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