Austin Resource Recovery kicked off the Austin Recycles Games, a competition among the 10 city council districts to increase Austin’s recycling. In Jan. 2016, Austin residents recycled an average of 50.6 pounds per household, up almost 6 percent citywide over the baseline numbers from Oct. 2015. Melissa Heald of Austin Resource Recovery joined us in the studio with an update on how each district is doing in the battle for the best. Currently in first place is District 10 with an average of 136.08 pounds recycled per household since the beginning of the competition on Nov. 30, 2015. District 8 takes the number two slot with 133.51 pounds per household and District 3 rounds out the top three with 110 pounds.
Districts can win in one of two categories: Most Overall Recycling and Most Improved. The two winning council districts will receive a beautification project for a library or public park, funded by Austin Resource Recovery. The winning districts will be announced at the Earth Day event on April 23, 2016. Austin Resource Recovery partnered with the Austin Public Library and Parks and Recreation Department on this effort. Parks and libraries were selected that most need the assistance and that will have continued operations and maintenance support to maintain the improvements in the future.
The following locations have been identified as the possible sites for the two beautification projects.
District 1 – Givens District Park, 3900 Deer Ln.
District 2 – Pleasant Hill Library, 211 E. William Cannon Dr.
District 3 – Holly Shores at Town Lake Metro Park, 2711 Canterbury St.
District 4 – Little Walnut Library, 835 W. Rundberg Ln.
District 5 – Manchaca Road Library, 5500 Manchaca Rd.
District 6 – Spicewood Springs Library, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd.
District 7 – Yarborough Library, 2200 Hancock Dr.
District 8 – Circle C Ranch Metro Park, 6301 W. Slaughter Ln.
District 9 – Pease District Park, 1100 Kingsbury St.
District 10 – Split between Old Quarry Library, 7051 Village Center Dr. and Bull Creek District Park, 6701 Lakewood Dr.
The Austin Recycles Games initiative follows a community engagement process conducted in Aug. 2015 where City officials asked for residents’ help to identify barriers to recycling. More than 1,500 residents participated and contributed insights for increasing recycling. The Austin Recycles Games are designed to bring specific recycling how-to’s into each council district and will provide monthly updates on how much households recycle in each district from Dec. 2015 through March 2016.
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