City of Austin wants to expand recycling, composting programs

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin is considering expanding its curbside recycling and compost program for fiscal year 2017, but it will cost you.

Austin Resource and Recovery is asking residents to give their input on whether or not they want once-a-week recycling pick-up as well as expanding the compost collection–currently 14,000 homes are part of the pilot program. To make these two items happen, the city says your overall bill will have to increase.

Estimated minimum fees for each expanded curbside service:

  • $3 monthly increase for weekly recycling collection
  • $4 monthly increase for citywide food scrap collection (gradually increase to $4 over 5-year rollout)

Currently, customers can save money by downsizing their trash cart size. The city says you can save $18 per month by downsizing from a 96-gallon car to a 64-gallon trash cart. And if you have even less trash, you can save $5 per month by going from a 64-gallon cart to a 32-gallon trash cart.

The city says all of these options will help the city reach its Zero Waste goal.

To provide feedback, residents can attend one of two community engagement meetings:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Parque Zaragoza Recreation Center (2608 Gonzales St., 78702)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at One Texas Center, Room 325 (505 Barton Springs Rd., 78704)

Customers who are unable to attend a meeting can give their input online by taking a survey here.

Input from customers will be considered when preparing the proposed fiscal year 2017 budget, which will be presented to the Austin City Council later this year.

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