The City of Austin’s Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance was approved by the Austin City Council in March 2012, and is being implemented by Austin Resource Recovery. Formerly known as Solid Waste Services, the City’s Austin Resource Recovery department provides a wide range of services designed to transform waste into resources while keeping our community clean. Services include curbside collection of recycling, trash, yard trimmings and large brush and bulk items; street sweeping; dead animal collection; household hazardous waste disposal; and outreach and education.
About Zero Waste
In December 2011, the Austin City Council approved the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan, which is the City’s roadmap to Zero Waste. The City of Austin is committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to area landfills by 90 percent by 2040 or sooner.
Zero Waste is a philosophy that goes beyond recycling to focus first on reducing trash and reusing products and then recycling and composting the rest. The elimination of single-use carryout bags entering the solid waste stream will help the City of Austin achieve its Zero Waste goal.
Our Vision: To be the national Zero Waste leader in the transformation from traditional integrated waste collection to sustainable resource recovery.
Our Mission: To achieve Zero Waste by providing excellent customer services that promote waste reduction, increase resource recovery and support the City of Austin’s sustainability efforts.