Have thoughts on how Austin can become a more sustainable community?  Share them here!

I love our town.  I love live music.  I am one of those people who does go out to hear live music at least once every week - even though I am a grown up with a grown up job and grown up responsibilities.  I treasure the culture of clubs, bars, and restaurants downtown and all over our city.  Which is why it pains me that our bars and restaurants don't recycle.  Have you seen the huge number of bottles that get trashed every night of the week?  There has GOT TO BE a way to get all of those beer bottles into the recycling.  Please help us.

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Coaaustin Resource Recovery admin over 6 years ago

   The Central Business District (CBD) is an area of downtown Austinwith varying business types, including bars, restaurants, large office buildings, etc. To reduce the amount of truck traffic in the downtown area and along alleys, the City of Austin Solid Waste Service Department manages a commercial garbage collection contract with a private hauler for businesses that are located along portions of 6thStreet, 4thstreet, and Congress Avenue. Recycling of paper, cardboard and glass is also provided as a part of that contract. In fact, the City began offering recycling services to CBD businesses in 2005, offering cardboard/mixed paper first and then recycling of glass starting in 2007. Currently, there are 12 glass recycling dumpsters and 69 cardboard/mixed paper dumpsters that are shared by participating businesses. They are evenly distributed throughout the 39 blocks of the District.  The City of Austinrecently signed a new contract with a private hauler with an added stipulation that the current recycling program offered will expand to include more materials. The exact date for rollout of the expanded recycling program is still being discussed and will require extensive coordination with and education of participating businesses.
   Bars and restaurants not located in the CBD will eventually be required to comply with the Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO). Stakeholders from the food service industry, hotel/motel/event industry, and industrial/manufacturing industries are currently in discussions to recommend amendments to the URO that will achieve the goal of increasing recycling and/or composting. For more information on this effort,  please contact Aiden Cohen, Program Manager, at (512) 974-1929, or at aiden.cohen@ci.austin.tx.us.  To learn more about the CBD recycling program, you can also visit:  http://www.cityofaustin.org/sws/commercial.htm.

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Solid Waste Services

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Lady Justice over 6 years ago

Can we please fine the restaurants and bars that don't recycle?

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And apartment complexes! I'm given no oppurtunity to recycle at mine.

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