According to a recently completed study of Austin’s trash, nearly half of everything we throw away is organic matter. If you include food soiled paper a majority of what we waste today could be composted. For over two years now the City of Austin has had a pilot program offering over 14,000 households a third bin–an organics cart right next to your trash and recycling. These households have been able to divert more of their discards away from landfills while creating a valuable soil product for Austin area gardeners, farmers, and parks. It is time for this third bin to be rolled out to every Austin household!
There were threats to this program posed by some elements of the city council, but thanks to pressure from hundreds of Austin voters we protected curbside composting for now. We only have a fraction of the funding we’ll need for this program however, and we need to press forward to make sure we get composting for ALL of Austin.
The city’s budget-writing process has begun already, and this year they will decide whether to roll this service out to every neighborhood or not. TCE is taking action across Austin to make sure citizens are heard when they demand Compost Now!
For Texans seeking to have an impact on waste, water, and global warming composting offers a solution across the board. TCE is proud to be fighting to keep all of Austin’s organic waste out of landfills, and we could use your support!
Thanks to your help we have saved Austin’s curbside composting program from threats to make it a subscription-only service. There will be threats to the program in the future, so we need to pres our elected officials to make sure that curbside composting is…
It’s time to roll this program out to every Austin Resource Recovery customer, and to do it as soon as possible. City Council is considering this issue this summer as part of their budget process: tell them to invest in composting for our future!
Lockhart has been known for decades for its great barbecue. But in September 2013, Caldwell County residents found out that a 25 million ton, 17 story landfill could become the new landmark in the area.
If permitted, this tower of trash could pollute groundwater, the surface waters of Plum Creek and the San Marcos River, as well as produce dangerous road conditions. Moreover, the mess would only worsen the flooding conditions that Caldwell County residents have experienced in the recent past.
Environmental Protection in the Interest of Caldwell County (EPICC) and Texas Campaign for the Environment have been working together since the beginning to fight this dump. We are concerned that excess landfill capacity will undermine Zero Waste plans in the region. Our canvassers are assisting in mobilizing the community when important public meetings come up.
So far, opposition to the dump continues to swell and was boosted when the Caldwell County Commissioners Court and the Plum Creek Conservation District officially joined the fight. Although the landfill company has attempted to intimidate local residents, they are standing tall!
This issue is now being sent to a Contested Case Hearing before administrative law judges. At the conclusion of the hearing, the judges will make recommendations to the state environmental agency (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality or TCEQ), which will then make a final decision. There is also a county ordinance that could block this landfill, but it may take a court case to decide that issue.
If you want to help fight the proposed 17-story landfill in Caldwell County, contact our Austin Office and EPICC today!
Here are some great resources on this fight and on the fight against polluting waste facilities elsewhere.