Tag Archives: City of Austin Zero Waste Advisory Commission

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…

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by Jack Craver

Push to expand city composting continues

Austin has made major progress in its efforts to reduce the amount of trash it sends to landfills, but the city will have to make a big change if it wants to realize the ambitious goals it has set through…

Friday, July 15, 2016 by Jack Craver

Why don’t Austin parks have recycling bins?

All commercial properties in Austin will be required by October of next year to have on-site recycling containers, but the same is not true of all properties owned by the government that put the requirement in place. The Parks and…

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 by Jo Clifton

No third-party audit likely for Resource Recovery

Members of the City Council Audit and Finance Committee declined Monday to endorse a recommendation from the Zero Waste Advisory Commission that the city hire an independent third party to audit Austin Resource Recovery. However, they did endorse a recommendation…

Monday, March 21, 2016 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: Austin Resource Recovery budget concerns

Austin Monitor publisher Mike Kanin sits down first with Austin Resource Recovery director Bob Gedert to discuss budget concerns raised by the city’s Zero Waste Advisory Commission (ZAWC). Then Kanin sits with Zero Waste Advisory Commission (ZWAC) chair Gerry Acuna…

Friday, March 11, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Privatization questions rankle union, expose rift between commission and city staff

A resolution that would explore the idea of a public-private partnership for collection of residential garbage, recycling and yard trimmings stalled out Wednesday night at the Zero Waste Advisory Commission, where commissioners opted to table the resolution and take no…

Monday, March 7, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Same as it ever was

Sharing information… An Austin Monitor reporter received a call Friday from a polling firm conducting a survey on the ongoing debate in Austin over ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft. During a six-minute call, the caller asked a series of questions…

Friday, December 11, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council rejects Austin Energy waste contract

Responding to environmental concerns, City Council on Thursday unanimously rejected staff’s recommendation that the city extend a contract with Republic Services to dispose of nonhazardous industrial waste generated by Austin Energy. Mayor Steve Adler was out of the city at…

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Commission wants hazard pay for Resource Recovery employees

Municipal waste management is an essential job, but it comes with its fair share of risks. With that in mind, the Zero Waste Advisory Commission asked Austin Resource Recovery Department management Wednesday to study and consider ways to improve safety…

Friday, June 12, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Plastic bag ban working to an extent, says report

Austin’s single-use bag ordinance is helping residents reduce overall consumption by about 197 million single-use bags per year, but it has had unintended consequences including an increase in the number of thicker reusable bags in the recycling stream. That’s according…

Monday, May 18, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Almost half of Austin curbside trash recyclable

Despite the city’s ambitious goal to achieve zero waste by 2040, many Austin residents are sending items to landfills that they could be putting into the city’s blue recycling bins. Austin Resource Recovery Department Director Robert Gedert told members of…

Friday, January 16, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City orders study on bag ban that state may toss

Amid concerns that state leadership will take steps to limit city ordinances such as Austin’s plastic bag ban, the Zero Waste Advisory Commission has instructed city staff to study the ban in time to send the results to the state…

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Ethics complaints could get a clearer path

City Council Member Mike Martinez is working on a resolution that could change how the city deals with ethics complaints against those who serve on its boards and commissions. The changes come after Martinez’s Zero Waste Advisory Commission appointee, Daniela Ochoa…

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by Alex Dropkin

Events ordinance draws criticism

The Austin Center for Events unveiled its revised version of the city’s special event ordinance in front of the Zero Waste Advisory Commission on Wednesday night, drawing both praise and criticism for its new waste management policies. The proposed ordinance…

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Former commissioner seeks to change city policies in ethics cases

Former Zero Waste Advisory Commissioner Daniela Ochoa Gonzalez, who resigned after accusations of conflict-of-interest violations, is asking the city to reconsider how it does business. Her situation could change how the city deals with ethics complaints against people who serve…

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Michael Kanin

City Council orders restaurants to compost organic waste by 2018

Austin City Council members Thursday approved changes to city ordinances that will require food service permit holders to begin composting organic waste by 2018. Under the measure, full enforcement of the new rules will not come until a year later.…

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Ethics commission balks, files no charges against former commissioner

The Austin Ethics Review Commission will take no action against former Zero Waste Advisory Commission member Daniela Ochoa Gonzalez for alleged ethics violations.   City Auditor Kenneth Mory released an April 18 report accusing Ochoa Gonzalez of violating conflict of…

Monday, April 14, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Commission OKs recycling, composting plan for mobile food trucks

A city panel is working to encourage recycling and composting among Austin’s myriad mobile food trucks.   The Zero Waste Advisory Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend amending city code to allow food trucks to use unattached trash receptacles, a…

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