Brush, bulk trash collection paused in Austin indefinitely due to staffing shortages

To attract new hires, Austin Resource Recovery has raised its starting hourly wage to $17. (Courtesy Austin Resource Recovery)
To attract new hires, Austin Resource Recovery has raised its starting hourly wage to $17. (Courtesy Austin Resource Recovery)

To attract new hires, Austin Resource Recovery has raised its starting hourly wage to $17. (Courtesy Austin Resource Recovery)

Staffing shortages due in part to COVID-19 have caused another hitch for a city of Austin department. As a result, Austin curbside customers will not be able to leave brush and large items out for trash pickup.

The Austin Resource Recovery department will begin the suspension of large brush and bulk collection for curbside customers Feb. 21 and will not start collection again until further notice, according to a news release from the city.


In hopes of gaining enough staff to re-establish all curbside collections, ARR recently increased starting wages for entry-level and experienced drivers. New drivers start at $17 an hour, with pay increases as employees progress in their roles and on-the-job commercial driver license training.

Those interested in applying for the ARR team can call 512-974-1980 or visit the department’s website.
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.