38K more Austin households will be able to have compost collected

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More than 90,000 households in Austin will have the option to have their compost carted away from the curb.

Austin Resource Recovery announced Thursday it is expanding its curbside composting collection program starting June 25. Adding 38,000 more households means nearly half of its customers will have the service. Its goal is to make it available to everyone by 2020 if the Austin City Council approves funding.

Those participating in the program collect food scraps, yard trimmings and food-soiled paper, which will eventually become compost. Those who are being added to the program will receive a postcard in the mail and can also look up their address on the Austin Resource Recovery website.

People can attend one of a series of open houses to get a free kitchen food scraps collector and compostable bags. ARR says those using the program may even be able to save money — if their food scraps are going to a compost bin instead of the trash, they may be able to downsize to a smaller trash cart.

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