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Solid Waste Services
Toward a greener future
"...leadership to the issue: selecting a new director for Solid Waste Services, renegotiating the existing recycling contract with Greenstar..."

Dec. 4, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Solid Waste Services to the Rescue
City Solid Waste Services rolls their sleeves up and gets stinky
"...stinking, rotten food, some good news. City of Austin Solid Waste Services are doing a special pick-up in areas..."

May 17, 2008 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Beside the Point: Solid Waste: Willie Rhodes Slides Sideways
City announces SWS 'reorganization' – Rhodes to head 'Code Compliance'
"...barely left the building when the long-anticipated reorganization of Solid Waste Services was announced, by means of a brief..."

June 5, 2009 News Column by Michael King

Solid Waste: Who's Driving the Train?
City staff's landfill-expansion decision has violated – at least in the spirit – a resolution passed by council. Now everybody wants to know why.
"...City staff, the citizen's Solid Waste Advis­ory Commission, and the city manager's office are..."

Nov. 21, 2008 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

City Hall Hustle: Solid Waste Rocks!
Solid Waste Services goes national with its name campaign
"...I'm talking, of course, about the campaign to rename Solid Waste Services the "Fred Durst Society of the Humanities..."

Feb. 11, 2011 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Solid Waste Land
Landfill Full
"...on Giles Road. But concerns about a two-decades-old hazardous waste disposal site at the landfill forced the city to..."

March 5, 1999 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Can Austin Waste Not?
City vows to cut landfill-bound garbage to zero
"...this idea, with its recently declared goals of reducing waste by 20% in four years, and achieving "zero waste"..."

Jan. 18, 2008 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Waste Wars
City Tries to Seal Best Deal for Trash and Recycling
"...Solid Waste Advisory Commission member Gail Vittori questions the city's..."

Dec. 26, 1997 News Feature by Robert Bryce

City Hall Hustle: Waste Not, Want Not
Council considers closing loopholes in recycling code
"...– close longstanding loopholes that have rendered the city's zero-waste goals as imaginary as granny's death panel. Despite the..."

Nov. 5, 2010 News Column by Wells Dunbar

A Decade of Action Toward a Zero-Waste City
How far along are we?
"...way back in 2005, which committed us to becoming zero-waste by 2040. Austin Resource Recovery (back then still the..."

Feb. 21, 2020 Food Feature by Lina Fisher

Significant Dates in Austin Zero Waste History
"...2001: Texas Campaign for the Environment targets waste and recycling...."

Nov. 14, 2014 News Feature

A Plan to Plan for a Zero-Waste City
Leadership will determine the success of long-range strategy
"...has started the public consultation process on the Integrated Solid Waste Management Master Plan (or ISWMMP for short). At..."

July 31, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Former Fleet Services Manager Says Scrap Tires Only a Symptom
Fired whistleblower says city has ignored serious problems for years
"...Officials in the city's Fleet Services department were reportedly warned about problems in the city's..."

Aug. 4, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Former Fleet Services Manager Says Scrap Tires Only a Symptom
Fired whistle-blower says management has ignored serious problems for years
"...Officials in the city's Fleet Services department were reportedly warned about problems in the city's..."

Aug. 6, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

New SWS Director Announced
California Resource Recovery Association boss Robert Gedert to run recycling
"...Executive Director Robert Gedert will take the reins at Solid Waste Services, starting Feb. 1, 2010...."

Dec. 8, 2009 News Post by Richard Whittaker

The Daily Hustle: 2/3/11 (Update)
I did it all for the nookie, solid waste
"...we last checked on the city’s call to rename Solid Waste Services, there were only a few, lonely recommendations...."

Feb. 3, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Storm Damage Update
City and Austin Energy getting power back, clearing downed trees
"...The city confirms that Solid Waste Services will be helping the cleanup by doing..."

May 16, 2008 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Recycle Those Campaign Signs
Pilot program kicks off for May municipal elections
"...those campaign signs get recycled. Press release from the Solid Waste Services Department after the jump:..."

Feb. 27, 2008 News Post by Lee Nichols

City Hall Hustle: Taking Out the Trash
Delayed 'Master Plan' for Solid Waste Department is tip of the landfill
"...to develop an integrated management master plan for the Solid Waste Services Department. Thrilling stuff, I know. But what..."

May 29, 2009 News Column by Wells Dunbar

The Daily Hustle: 1/24/11
Riley kick-off, endorsements, elections and so much trash
"...the season, rumblings of a 2012 election, fun with Solid Waste and more...."

Jan. 24, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

TDH: 9/20/11
A resourceful new name for Solid Waste Services
"...name selected by the city to replace Austin's antiquated Solid Waste Services. But wait, you ask, weren't there some..."

Sept. 20, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

The Daily Hustle: 3/25/11
Recycling contract put thru the wringer
"...recycling contract dominated City Council’s meeting yesterday. And while Solid Waste Services’ suggestion to award the contract entirely to..."

March 25, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Getting to Zero
Will Austin's green seif-image be realized with its "zero waste" goals?
"...the city has adopted ambitious goals to reduce the waste it generates. In fact, "waste" as a concept is..."

Nov. 14, 2014 News Feature by Robyn Ross

Naked City
In a reversal of the city's previous plan, the City Council has decided to send two-thirds of Austin's waste to Texas Disposal Systems and one-third to BFI.
"...deal that gave BFI the lion's share of Austin's waste, the City Council inked a contract last Thursday that..."

May 19, 2000 News Feature by Robert Bryce

The Daily Hustle: 3/31/11
City wants your input; Laura Morrison shares e-mails
"...public input – see the efforts to rename the Solid Waste Services department. But in an attempt to harness..."

March 31, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Cash for Trash?
Privatizing the City's Garbage Pickup
"...launched his crusade to privatize a variety of city services. But this isn't Cleveland or Detroit, where worker representation..."

July 5, 1996 News Feature by Amy Smith

Not So Cool
Austin's 2009 Climate Protection Program update confirms progress on energy – but reflects a feeble citywide effort
"...avoided through 2008 are from two city departments: Fleet Services (the city department managing vehicles, which has really gotten..."

June 19, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

City Hall Hustle: Gas, Water, and Trash
There could be a higher utility bill in your future
"...is feeling the pinch – including your friends at Solid Waste Services. SWS, the Austin Water Utility, Department of..."

Aug. 8, 2008 News Column by Wells Dunbar

City Adds Costs and CO2 to Recycling Program
Our milk jugs, newspapers, and cereal boxes are shipped to Dallas for sorting and selling
"...90-gallon recycling bins increase the volume and types of waste that residents can recycle, the new trucks started making..."

Oct. 24, 2008 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Naked City
Will Sixth Street Recycles come to an unhappy end?
"...the first six weeks of the program, the city's Solid Waste Services Dept. reported that more than seven tons..."

Aug. 24, 2001 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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