All food businesses in Austin now required to keep organic waste out of landfills
AUSTIN, Texas —
Starting October 1st, all food-permitted businesses in Austin must comply with the city's Universal Recycling Ordinance and keep organic materials from landfills.
That includes discarded materials like food scraps or soiled paper products.
The city says options for the material include donating extra food to feed people, sending food scraps to local animal farms or ranches, developing customized solutions and composting, either on-site or with a private organic collection provider.
Business owners and managers are also required to provide regular education for employees, post informational signage and submit an online Organic Diversion Plan to the city.
“The City is committed to helping companies, large and small, find cost-effective solutions and establish diversion programs to ensure food and other organics are put to best use while meeting ordinance requirements,” said Sam Angoori, Interim Director, Austin Resource Recovery.
The city of Austin says of the materials sent to landfills, 37 percent is organic and could have been donated or composted.