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Austin’s Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO): Free Organics Diversion Training for Food-Permitted Businesses

November 9, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

URO Everything You Need To Know

From Austin Resource Recovery –

Training for Businesses with Food Permits

Austin Resource Recovery invites food permitted businesses and their employees to learn about organics diversion requirements in Austin. Topics will include implementing diversion programs to reduce wasted food and complying with the Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO).

Austin Resource Recovery staff will give a brief presentation about the organics component of the URO, best practices, and the online reporting software. Staff will be available to answer questions about organics diversion.

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About the URO Organics Diversion Requirements

As of Oct. 1, 2017, Austin’s URO requires food permitted businesses larger than 5,000 square feet to establish programs to divert organic material (e.g. wasted food, yard trimmings) from landfills, also known as Organics Diversion. The intent of the ordinance is to significantly reduce the amount of organic material sent to the landfill. Minimum requirements include:

  1. Divert Food Scraps and Organic Material – generated onsite on a weekly basis by reducing or diverting materials from landfills
  2. Post Informational Signage – in English and Spanish (or other needed languages)
  3. Educate Employees – on organics diversion program annually
  4. Provide Convenient Access for Collection – within 25 feet of trash containers
  5. Report Annually – submit an online Organics Diversion Plan on or before February 1 each year

The online Organics Diversion Plan or ODP will be explained in detail.

We look forward to seeing you there!


City of Austin Resource Recovery Department


Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
1120 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704 United States
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