Unwanted Mail or Junk Mail

Unwanted Mail or Junk Mail

How to stop receiving unwanted mail Red Plum is the most widely received coupon circular. To remove a mailing address, folks should visit http://www.valassis.com/about-us/contact-us, and select “Remove Mailing Address” in the middle of the page. It can take up to 6 weeks, so be patient. ValPak is another coupon mailer. To opt out, visit https://www.valpak.com/coupons/show/mailinglistsuppression To…

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…

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…

Austin Recycles—Independent of China

Austin Recycles—Independent of China

The following information was shared with City of Austin Zero Waste Block Leaders in the February/March 2019 newsletter. This is long so bear with me. It’s an official response from Austin Resource Recovery/The City of Austin to citizen concerns. China’s program to stop importing recyclables, “Operation Green Fence,” was formally implemented beginning in 2013 because…