Significant Dates in Austin Zero Waste History
2001: Texas Campaign for the Environment targets waste and recycling.
2005: City signs U.N. Urban Environmental Accords
2008: Single-stream recycling introduced in Austin.
2009: City adopts Zero Waste Strategic Plan; formation of Austin Zero Waste Alliance and Central Texas Zero Waste Alliance; diversion rate jumps to 36% in FY 2009.
2010: City hires Bob Gedert to lead Solid Waste Services Department.
2011: Solid Waste Services Department renamed "Austin Resource Recovery" (September); adoption of Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan (December).
2012: ARR neighborhood survey reflects 72% residential participation in recycling, with 60% of potential household recyclables actually being recycled. The largest commercial properties are required to recycle; smaller properties added each October.
2015: Austin diversion target is 50%.
2017: All commercial properties (including apartments) are required to provide recycling.
2018: All food service businesses are required to divert organic material.
2040: Austin target year for "Zero Waste."