Good news on the green front – soon it will be even easier to recycle in Austin. Beginning October 6, the City of Austin will switch from its current recycling system to single-stream recycling, which basically means you won’t have to sort out your recyclables anymore. The city will hand out new 90-gallon blue bins to Pay As You Throw customers over a three-to-four month period, and all you’ll have to do is throw everything into the new bin and set it out on your specified day. No more sorting, no more excuses.
In addition to being easier, the new system will allow you to recycle more materials:
- Office paper (plain or color paper, envelopes, stationery, sticky notes)
- Junk mail (inserts, magazines, catalogs, ad circulars, etc)
- Boxboard (food box packaging like cereal boxes- flatten to conserve space)
- Corrugated cardboard (flatten to conserve space)
- Food cans (labels OK)
- Soda cans
- Jugs and bottles with recycle symbol # 1-7 (check bottom)
- Round tubs such as yogurt and butter tubs with symbol 1 through 7
- Small plastic food packaging such as fruit cups and baby food containers
- Bottles or jars, any color glass (rinsed and dry)
Get more information at the City of Austin website.