Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council denies controversial waste disposal contract

City Council voted unanimously last week to kill a garbage collection contract after outcries from both environmentalists and waste hauling companies that claimed they would be hurt by the proposed deal between the city and Republic Services, a Phoenix-based waste…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

ZWAC rejects Republic contract renewal again

In a bit of bureaucratic acrobatics during its Feb. 8 meeting, the Zero Waste Advisory Commission voted to rescind a November recommendation against the proposed renewal of the Republic Services solid waste collection services contract for city facilities, so that…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Austin has proposal for Dripping Springs permit

The city of Austin has released a draft proposal for Dripping Springs’ controversial permit to discharge 995,000 gallons of treated wastewater into Onion Creek. The Austin and Dripping Springs city councils must both agree to the terms of the proposal.…

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Monday, February 13, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

ZWAC approves organics processing contract with lackluster contingency plan

In line with City Council’s plans to expand curbside compost collection, the Zero Waste Advisory Commission voted at its Feb. 8 meeting to approve staff’s recommendation of Organics By Gosh, the only bidder on the request for proposal released by…

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Monday, February 6, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Zilker Park could soon see new ADA-compliant restroom

At its Feb. 1 meeting, the Environmental Commission approved staff recommendation to grant an amendment and a variance to city code that would allow an additional restroom facility to be built inside Zilker Park. Gary Gregson, the program coordinator from…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by Jack Craver

Austin Energy makes good on energy efficiency goals

Austin Energy officials say the city-owned utility is making good on a lot of the ambitious energy efficiency goals set out for it in the Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan approved by City Council in December 2014. Thirty-one percent…

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Friday, January 27, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Flannigan commission appointee stirs controversy

Although City Council approved the appointments of nearly 100 new and returning members of city boards and commissions Thursday, it declined to accept the appointment of nuclear engineer Rick Jacobi, Council Member Jimmy Flannigan’s nominee to the Environmental Commission. After…

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Friday, January 20, 2017 by Jack Craver

Junior League contends with concerns over heritage trees

After a great deal of hand-wringing over the future of three heritage trees, the city’s Environmental Commission recommended that the Junior League of Austin be granted the several variances it needs to build a new facility in Northwest Austin at…

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Friday, January 20, 2017 by Cate Malek

Study reveals why some Austinites don’t recycle

Austin has declared that it will be a zero-waste city by 2040. But lack of progress toward that goal over the last five years has prompted the city to call in a team of researchers to better understand why Austinites…

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