Recycling cans have arrived in downtown Austin


Have you ever strolled the streets of downtown Austin looking in vain for a place to recycle a coffee cup, a soda bottle or a ticket stub from a show?

Your search is over: Austin Resource Recovery announced Wednesday that it is converting about 50 trash cans downtown to recycling receptacles by putting on a blue dome and adding decals. The cost of conversion is $220 per can.

As part of the three-year “Recycle on the Go” downtown initiative, half of the cans have already been converted in the area from Cesar Chavez to Third Street between San Antonio Street and Congress Avenue (the remaining half will continue to be trash cans). The city will convert cans along Congress Avenue up to Sixth Street next week.

“My thought is that wherever you go, whether it’s to school, to work, to home, on the go downtown, in the park system — wherever you go, there should be recycling access,” Austin Resource Recovery Director Bob Gedert said in a recent interview.


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