As part of the efforts to inch toward Austin’s goal of achieving zero waste by 2040, the city has identified a new source of savings: no more once-a-year paper calendars mailed to Austin residents, reminding them of their designated recycling day.
Here are four things to know about the change:
What are the savings? Austin Resource Recovery will save $66,000 by not printing and mailing the estimated 190,000 calendars.
How many people used the calendars? Only 7 percent of the people in a 2013 survey, according to Emlea Chanslor, an Austin Resource Recovery spokeswoman.
Where is that information now? Enter your home address at www.austinrecycles.com for a personalized schedule. You can also sign up for alerts by email or text message.
What about other reminders? Postcard reminders about bulky item/brush pick-ups will still go out twice a year, as usual.