City of Austin Performance Report 2015-16

Percent of Waste Stream Diverted by ARR Curbside, Reuse, and HHW 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 tracks 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 2015-16 Results
The percent of residential waste stream diverted by ARR curbside and HHW operations for FY 2015-16 was 41.6%.
Assessment of Results
The FY 2015-16 percent of residential waste stream diverted by ARR curbside and HHW operations was 41.6%, which was 8.45 percentage points below the goal of 50%. ARR set this goal to coincide with ARR’s Master Plan which set a goal of 50% diversion by 2015. The total tons of trash collected decreased by approximately 1,518 tons in FY 2015-16, while total tons diverted increased by 6,394 tons, driving the increase of the percent of residential waste stream diverted. Since FY 2009-10, the waste diversion rate has increased from 37.3% to 41.6%. Increased public education through marketing and education campaigns as well as improved customer participation in setting out recycling has contributed to this continual improvement.
Next Steps
ARR will be aggressively implementing new diversion programs over the next year as outlined in the ARR Master Plan, which can be found online at http://austintexas.gov/department/austin-resource-recovery-master-plan-documents. Additionally, expansion of various aspects of the ARR Master Plan as well as phase 3 of the Universal Recycling Ordinance and the expansion of organics is expected to increase diversion rates further.
Contact Information
For more information contact Sam Angoori, Interim Director, at (512) 974-4313.