Wipes and Paper Towels

Wipes and Paper Towels

A reminder that chemicals are not allowed in the City of Austin curbside compost carts. “If it grows, it goes” into compost carts. Think food-grade. If not, it belongs in the trash. If you are cleaning with paper towels and vinegar, alcohol, baking soda, etc. then those paper towels may go in the compost carts.…

Bulk Collection

Bulk Collection

Bulk Collection will happen in my neighborhood next week. Information on what can and cannot be accepted is available at http://www.austintexas.gov/department/residential-bulk-collection. Sign up for collection reminders, including Bulk and Brush, at http://www.austintexas.gov/page/my-collection-schedule. You can add your schedule to Google, iCal or Outlook, or you can print it. You can also sign up for text (and…

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…