Austin encouraged to reduce, reuse for National Recycling Day

Recycling load from sampling (Courtesy: COA)

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.

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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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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