Austin launches smartphone app for trash, recycling pickup information

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Austin Resource Recovery announced extra trash fees have been waived until further notice as the city adjusts to Austin's stay-in-place order. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin Resource Recovery announced extra trash fees have been waived until further notice as the city adjusts to Austin's stay-in-place order. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The new Austin Recycles app, shown here, informs customers of how to dispose of different items, including pizza boxes, broken glass and more. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Resource Recovery on April 1 announced it launched the Austin Recycles app for smartphones, which will provide customers regular reminders about pickup schedules for trash, recycling, compost and curbside collections.

The app, which customers can download on the Apple App Store or Google Play, will also provide alerts about collection delays or service interruptions, according to an April 1 news release from Austin Resource Recovery.

“It is more important than ever for Austinites to stay informed of changes to their regular routines,” Austin Resource Recovery Director Ken Snipes said in the news release. “We have all been impacted by big changes these last few weeks, and the launch of this app is just one small way to stay up to date on any impact to collection services in the future.”

Customers can use the Austin Recycles app by entering their home address and accessing schedules for trash, recycling and compost pickup.

The app further provides information about how to dispose of certain items—such as pizza boxes, broken glass or dead animals—and whether or not items can be recycled or composted.


According to the city of Austin’s website, all extra trash fees have been waived until further notice as residents comply with Austin’s stay-at-home order. The website states most households will be generating extra trash during these times.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.