AUSTIN (KXAN) — The smell of fermenting trash fills the air, coupled with the cacophony of garbage trucks depositing waste into Austin landfills daily. Last year 3,000 tons of recyclable materials were dumped into local landfills.
It is National Recycling Day and organizers want you to look around your home to find items that can be recycled.
A study looking into Austin’s trash found that 80 percent of the items collecting into mountains of discarded waste could have been recycled or composted.
Materials that qualify for composting include food scraps, food soiled paper, yard trimmings and other miscellaneous items. Find a full list of what you can compost here.
- Recycle & Ruse Drop-off Center: 2514 Business Center Dr, Austin
- Recycling Center: 9405 Dessau Rd, Austin
- All American Recycling: 9202 FM812, Austin
- Texas Disposal Systems Eco Depot: 4001 RR 620 South, Bee Cave
Where you can compost in Austin:
- Curbside organics collection: Will collect compost-able waste at your home
- Organics by Gosh: 13602 FM 969, Austin
- Urban Patchworks: Uses food scraps to feed chickens, 5703 Duval
- Alamo Community Garden: Northeast corner of Alamo and 21st Street
Starting on Dec. 5 Austinties will receive curbside service from the city for unwanted items like clothes, kitchenware, and toys as a part of their new recycling efforts. This is another step in Austin’s zero waste by 2040 goal. The new service is free and Simple Recycling will pay the city $20 per ton, then try to resell the items to keep them out of landfills.
Click here for a list of items that can and cannot be donated.