Austin’s Home Composting Rebate Challenge!

June 13, 2012by Brian Talley

Composting.Saves.MoneyComposting systems can be pricy, but Austin home-owners from the Ridge at Lantana to Travis Country are saving green while going green by taking advantage of the City’s Home Composting Rebate Challenge. This latest initiative encourages residents to downsize to a 32-gallon trash cart, take a free home composting class, and purchase a home composting system by offering a rebate of up to $75.

Why compost? A better question is, why not? According to Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) website, composting is a great way “to recycle your kitchen waste and yard trimmings, reduce your trash output and generate a free and rich soil conditioner.”  

Composting also benefits the environment by protecting groundwater from harsh chemical fertilizers and lowering the amount of waste headed to area landfills, says the ARR. “Compost will improve your soil while helping Austin be a healthier, more sustainable city.”

Ready to take Austin’s Home Composting Rebate Challenge? It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Free.Austin.Composting.ClassFirst, change your trash cart size…

Just call 512-494-9400. Whether you live in Eanes ISD, Falcon Pointe or Olympic Heights, the City of Austin will deliver a new cart to your house at no extra cost.

Second, take a free composting class…

Austin Resource Recovery offers free classes to the public throughout the year. Even if you live in a Downtown Austin condo, there’s a class near you. Here are the dates for June:

– Jun. 23, 2012 Farmers’ Market Downtown 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

– Jun. 27, 2012 Austin City Hall 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

– Jun. 30, 2012 Farmers’ Market Sunset Valley 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

– Or, just watch a free online class and complete the questionnaire

Third, purchase a compost system

Choose a compost system at your neighborhood gardening center. Make a copy of all receipts. A resident living in the Village at Western Oaks, for example, can purchase a composter at the Natural Gardener or the South Austin location of Costco.

Lastly, apply for the rebate…

– Download and complete the application

– Make copies of all receipts

– Complete and attach the questionnaire (only if you watched the free online class)

– Then email the application, receipts and questionnaire to: <>

– OR, mail to:

ATTN: Composting Rebate Program

City of Austin – Austin Resource Recovery

PO Box 1088

Austin, TX 78767

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Happy composting, Austinites!