Beginning the week of September 23, Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) will expand curbside composting collection to 53,000 additional homes, including those in our North Shoal Creek Neighborhood. This program collects food scraps, yard trimmings and food-soiled paper, which is turned into compost, and is part of the City of Austin’s Zero Waste goal to divert 90 percent of materials from landfills by 2040.
Green carts will be delivered to our homes, and a guide will be mailed to us. Our first pick-up will occur Thursday, September 26. Grass trimmings, weeds, etc. — which we’re accustomed to putting in paper yard bags — now go in the green cart. Continue to use paper yard bags for any excess that doesn’t fit in the green cart.
As with our trash and recycle carts, the green compost cart needs to be at the curbside by 6:30 a.m. on pick-up days, which will be weekly for trash and compost. Recycle pick-up will continue to be every other week.
For more information on curbside composting, go to http://www.austintexas.gov/austincomposts. You can enter your address to check your pick-up schedule, and you can also download a how-to guide.