City of Austin Performance Report 2014-15

Percent of Waste Stream Diverted by Austin Resource Recovery Residential Curbside, Reuse, and Household Hazardous Waste Operations

Measure Description
This measure illustrates the percent of residential materials collected at the curb by Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) and received at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility that are recycled or reused instead of sent to the landfill. This measure will track the Department’s progress toward its long-term zero waste goal of diverting at least 90% of materials from landfills by the year 2040.
Calculation Method
The total tons of materials that are recycled, reused, repurposed, or composted, divided by the sum of the total tons of materials that are recycled, composted, and landfilled. Materials recycled or composted include traditional materials such as plastics, paper, cardboard, and aluminum collected from the Single-Stream Recycling program; brush and yard trimming materials; reuse and repurpose materials collected at the Resource Recovery Center; and materials such as paint, batteries, chemicals, and anti-freeze collected from the HHW facility.
FY 2014-15 Results
The percent of residential waste stream diverted by ARR curbside and HHW operations for FY 2014-15 was 39.95%.
Assessment of Results
The FY 2014-15 percent of residential waste stream diverted by ARR curbside and HHW operations was 39.95% which was 2.53 points below the goal of 42.48%. The total tons of trash collected increased by approximately 2,860 tons in FY 2014-15, while total tons diverted increased by 3,908 tons driving the slight increase of the percent of residential waste stream diverted.
Workers managing paint cans
Next Steps
ARR will be aggressively implementing new diversion programs over the next year as outlined in the ARR Master Plan. Increased public education through several planned marketing campaigns will increase the amount recycled per household as well as the percentage of households participating in recycling services. Additionally, expansion of various aspects of the ARR Master Plan as well as the Universal Recycling Ordinance phase III and the expansion of organics is expected to increase diversion rates further.
ARR continues to explore additional diversion rate measures and calculations. The additional measures will capture the diversion efforts of new programs as well as some existing programs that previously were excluded due to lack of data.
Contact Information
For more information contact Robert Gedert, ARR Director, at (512) 974-1926.