Austin an­nounces new ar­eas to get curb­side com­post­ing

City is adding 38,000 more house­holds to the pro­gram on Oct. 2.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Philip Jankowski pjankowski@states­man.com Com­post­ing

A few miles east of Austin, Nick Pacl stands next to a pile of trash, rip­ping apart plas­tic bags and dump­ing food scraps, pizza boxes and other items onto the ground.

Then he starts pick­ing through it. It’s less than a minute be­fore Pacl spots an empty bot­tle of Touraine wine. His boss, Or­gan­ics By Gosh CEO Phil Gosh, grabs the of­fend­ing bit of trash and shakes his head, gri­mac­ing. The bot­tle doesn’t be­long in the garbage piles that will even­tu­ally be­come fer­tile com­post.

The site is where the city hopes 38,000 more Austin house­holds will send their banana peels, food scraps and yard trim­mings come Oct. 2, when the city will roll out an ex­pan­sion of Austin Re­source Re­cov­ery’s curb­side com­post­ing pro­gram.

Of­fi­cials an­nounced Wed­nes­day which ar­eas of the city will get the green carts this fall for wheel­ing their com­postable ma­te­ri­als to the curb. The new ser­vice ar­eas are spread through­out the city, largely in ar­eas next to the neigh­bor­hoods in­volved in the first phase of the pi­lot pro­gram.

The city will soon send post­cards to homes in the ex­pan­sion ar­eas with in­for­ma­tion about open­house events in Au­gust and Septem­ber. Res­i­dents can also check to see if their home is in­cluded by go­ing to austin­re­cy­cles.com.

The ex­pan­sion will bring the to­tal num­ber of homes served by or­gan­ics re­cy­cling to 52,000, with plans to ex­pand the pro­gram to the en­tire city by 2020. It is a part of a goal to di­vert 90 per­cent of trash from land­fills by 2040.

Austin res­i­dents with curb­side trash ser­vice cur­rently pay $1 a month for the com­post­ing pro­gram, whether they have the green bins or not. When the pro­gram goes city­wide, cus­tomers will pay $4 a month for com­post­ing,

RALPH BARRERA / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

Or­gan­ics By Gosh em­ployee Nick Pacl sorts through a re­cent load of or­ganic ma­te­rial that will be com­posted. Work­ers at the fa­cil­ity on FM 969 near the Texas 130 toll road pluck out bot­tles, cans and other items that would con­tam­i­nate the fer­tile fi­nal prod­uct.

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