Since the Curbside Organics Collection Pilot began at the end of December, residents in the pilot have kept more than 2,270,800 pounds of organic materials out of the landfill. That’s a great start, but we know we can do better!

As a leader in your neighborhood, you can help raise participation rates by encouraging your friends and neighbors to use their organics carts. Here are some key things to remind them about:

  • If it grows, it goes: food scraps, yard trimmings and food-soiled paper all go in the organics cart.
  • Use your organics cart to collect yard trimmings, then use lawn and leaf bags to collect yard trimmings that don’t fit in the cart.
  • Set out your organics cart every week, even if it’s not full.
  • Putting food scraps and food-soiled paper in your organics cart instead of your trash cart may help you downsize your trash cart, which saves money on your monthly utility bill.
  • Other communities have found that asking residents to make a commitment helps with participation. If your neighbors seem interested in the pilot when you talk to them, ask them if they’ll commit to setting out their carts on the next collection day. If they don’t seem interested, remind them where they can find more information if they change their mind.

Please be sure to review the map of the pilot areas to see the households that are included in the pilot.

In the coming weeks, we’ll invite you and the pilot participants to take a survey to let us know how we can improve our service. We hope you’ll share your feedback. Together we can make this program a success!

We thank you for participating and encourage you to visit for downloadable guides, how-to videos and more. If you have specific questions about your service, please call 512-974-1945.

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