Think Outside the Bag

Think Outside the Bag

Unconventional trash bags According to the sustainability site Treehugger, there are 8 Rs. They are: Reduce: Just use less. Return: Producers should take back what they sell. Reuse: Almost boring, but we throw too much stuff out too soon. Repair: Fix and mend things rather than replacing them. Refill: In Ontario Canada, 88% of beer bottles are returned to…

Extra Trash Sticker

Extra Trash Sticker

Maybe you’ve been reluctant to downsize your trash cart because you’re not sure you could always get all your trash bags inside. Maybe you like to have big gatherings and sometimes have more bags than normal. Maybe you’re doing a big spring clean out and just have more trash than usual. Do you know about…

Pet Waste: It’s Waste

Pet Waste: It’s Waste

I’ve received enough questions about pet waste that I feel I should address it. According to multiple sources, about 4% of residential waste is generated by our pets. Pet waste of any kind may not go in the City of Austin green compost carts. The City of Austin’s curbside compost contractor Organics by Gosh will…

How Low Can You Go?

How Low Can You Go?

What is the size of your trash cart? Garbage archaeologists have learned…the volume of garbage that Americans produce expands to fill the number [or size] of receptacles that are available to put it in. Rathje, William and Cullen Murphy. Rubbish! HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. 1992 We are very fortunate here in Austin, Texas. We may choose…

It’s Not Easy Being Green, or Rather, Blue!

It’s Not Easy Being Green, or Rather, Blue!

Top Contaminants in Mueller Recycling Carts This article originally appeared in the January 2019 edition of the Front Porch Flyer. It has been updated with apartment information and additional cities’ information. As amazing as Muellerites are at being green, we do have recurring “contamination” in our blue recycling carts. Below are incorrect items that are…

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…