City of Austin Performance Report 2014-15

Average Pounds of Yard Trimmings/Organics Collected Per Customer Account Per Week

Measure Description
This measure describes the amount of recyclable yard trimmings and organics collected at the curb produced by Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) customers. Household organics include yard trimmings composed of grass clippings, leaves, and small branches or limbs that are composted and made into “Dillo Dirt”. New organics in the pilot program include food scraps, food-soiled paper, and other organic materials that are made into compost. This measure contributes to ARR’s waste diversion rate.
Calculation Method
This measure is calculated by converting total tons of yard trimmings and household generated organics collected to pounds by multiplying total tons by 2,000, then dividing that result by the average number of curbside collection customer accounts to determine average pounds of yard trimmings and organics collected per customer account per year. The annual amount is then divided by 52, the number of weeks in the year. Yard trimmings and organics are collected at each household every week.
FY 2014-15 Results
The average pounds of yard trimmings and organics collected per customer account per pickup was 5.69 pounds, which was 0.07 pounds below the target of 5.76.
Assessment of Results
Although the average pounds of yard trimmings and organics collected curbside was 0.07 pounds below the goal for FY 2014-15, it has increased by 1.13 pounds, or 25%, per customer per week since FY 2011-12. That year, there were drought conditions that impacted the amount of yard trimmings collected. Since that time, rainfall levels have improved, and the organics food waste collection pilot program that was launched. In December 2013, there were approximately 7,900 customers and about 6,400 additional customers were added in February 2014, for a total of about 14,300 customers in the pilot program. There are 190,000 customers in the curbside yard trimmings program.   
ARR employees picking up organic material and throwing into a green dump truck.
Next Steps
To achieve a higher average pounds of organics collected per household, ARR is developing plans to expand the food waste pilot organics collection service to more customers in the coming years. Adding more customers will increase the volume of organics collection and in turn will reduce the tonnage of trash that is landfilled. ARR plans to implement the curbside food waste organics collection program citywide with a multi-year, phased-in approach.
Contact Information
For more information contact Ron Romero, Division Manager, at (512) 974-7687.