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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. 

Should the city continue to competitively solicit waste management contracts?

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camille smith 6 months ago

Can you provide more info about this? Who benefits from the privatization?

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Eddie Torres 6 months ago

I would also like more information. Specifically, info on organics. I'd like to know which areas currently have organic collection, how much is being collected, what the cost of collection is; and the final use of collected material. I'm wondering if organics is something that can be picked up by the same people who go around rummaging through large collection; if that is cheaper than using a large collection company.

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jon dahm 6 months ago

Our area was just annexed. The cost of city provided trash and recycling pick-up is much higher than the private company we have been using. So YES, the city should bid out this service.

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Jayant Sheth 6 months ago

Currently we have contracts. No need for the city to start the whole new task. Ask for bids. Do not make too many demands on the contractors as it will raise the price.

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Nadia Khan 5 months ago

Sounds like a good idea. What's the down side?

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