How to Host a Zero Waste Party

How to Host a Zero Waste Party

On my street, we have a birthday party for the person our street is named after every year. We also have a lot of events in the community. So when I was asked to provide ideas on how to host a zero waste block party this year, the following is what I came up with.…

Top 5 Compost Contaminants in Austin

Top 5 Compost Contaminants in Austin

Per Austin Resource Recovery’s 2018 Compost Audit Report, the top 5 contaminants in the City of Austin’s curbside compost collection are: 1) Recyclables (glass, plastics, tin/aluminum, cardboard)2) Clothes/Textiles3) Styrofoam4) Treated Wood 5) Trash The entire Compostable Material Composition Audit is available here. This is the revised report clarifying cardboard’s original listing as a contaminant. It no…

Give Them The Cold Shoulder

Give Them The Cold Shoulder

Disposable/Single Use Freezer Bags They have many names. An image search for the technical name brings up at least the following: Cool Shield Thermal Bubble Mailers Silver Protective Cold Frezon Insulated Box Liners Insulated Foil Bubble Bag Portable Cold Cool Insulation Bag Thermal Disposable Food Delivery Bags You may receive them using meal-kit delivery, food…

It’s a Filmy Situation

It’s a Filmy Situation

Recycling plastic bags and plastic film One of the areas that I think is often overlooked in educating citizens is plastic bag and plastic film recycling. Per Austin Resource Recovery (ARR), these are “Those materials you can push your finger through that cannot be recycled in your blue [recycling] bins.” Plastic bags and plastic film…