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Austin Resource Recovery is the city department that picks up trash, recycling and organics from single family homes, duplexes, triplexes, and four-plexes. The department also has contracts for a variety of other services such as the processing of the materials collected and dumpster services for city facilities. Austin Water (another city department) contracts out services relating to the management of biosolids. Recently, there have been a variety of questions from council when presented with recent contracts relating to these services.

On March 23, the City Council approved Resolution 20170323-055 that created a Council Working Group to examine waste management and biosolds policy issues and contracts, especially as they relate to organics and recycling.  The working group has begun meeting and is scheduled to provide recommendations to the full council by June 1.  City Council and city staff have identified the policy issues below and are seeking input as the working group completes their recommendations.

You can find more information on the working group here. 

Topic: Biosolids

Is there a preferred policy for biosolids management? 

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Frederick Kopec 2 months ago

I live in the Zilker neighborhood, and would advise the city council that if they choose to impose compost collection and pick-up on us inner-city dwellers, they should make sure to budget for hiring the Pied Piper to get rid of all the rats that this collection process will encourage.

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Coapublic Information admin 2 months ago

Thanks for your feedback, Frederick! -Moderator

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jon dahm 2 months ago

The city should NOT require compost collections. That is a recipe for disaster.

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Coapublic Information admin 2 months ago

Thanks for your comments, Jon. My understanding is that residential customers will have the option as to whether or not they take advantage of curbside compost collection when the City offers it. -Moderator

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Whatley Lisa 2 months ago

PLEASE dont IMPOSE recycling of compost, yet another bin, yet another fee, more trucks. Many people including myself take care of their own compost. I have read that it is impossible to opt out and I hope that is not true, totally unfair. I am already under-using the trash and recycling bins and yet am paying for it every month. On the other hand, I see recycling bins abused for trash that will not fit in the trash bin, and the same disgusting abuse will happen with the recycling bin. They key is for individuals to change their habits and make the whole service obsolete. That's my goal.

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Coapublic Information admin 2 months ago

Thanks for your feedback, Lisa. -Moderator

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Nadia Khan about 1 month ago

Can you list some options? Combing green waste and compost would be ideal, and works well in other places. (See Berkeley, CA.)

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