Commercial Organic Waste in the Austin area.

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The City of Austin has implemented a Universal Recycling Ordinance, with an Organics Diversion requirement for business with a food permit. Compliance is mandatory for all businesses in this category as of October 1, 2018.

Waste Connections Lone Star offers commercial organics pickup of 65 gallon carts. We partner with Organics By Gosh and deliver the organic waste to their facility for processing.

We are also proud to partner with Keep Austin Fed. For every organics cart that is sold, Waste Connections Lone Star will donate $10 to the organization whose mission it is to 'reduce hunger and help the environment by connecting surplus food with our neighbors in need.'

For organics collection, always unpack organic materials before placing in the organics cart. Remove all plastic, metal, glass, and Styrofoam.
Keep the container clear of contaminants such as paper, plastic, foam, foil and liquids. No liquids accepted. If your cart is heavily contaminated with unacceptable materials, it may not be serviced.

Acceptable ItemsUnacceptable Items
Fruit & Vegetable Cull & TrimPlastic, Plastic Cases
Outdated & Spoiled Food ProductsOyster shells
Salads, Salad Bar items, Salad materialsOils or Grease
Paper Towels, Paper & Waxed PaperPrice Tags & Strips
Waxed & Wet CardboardStyrofoam
Wood Boxes, Crates, Pieces
(No treated wood – No nails)
Metal, Aluminum Foil & Aluminum Twist Ties
Bread & Bakery ProductsGlass
Meat, Poultry, Seafood and BonesCans
All Paper Plates, Cups & BowlsFabric Tape, Rope, Twine
Rubber Bands, Band-Aids

Helpful Resources:

Austin Resource Recovery – Commercial Organics

Austin Resource Recovery – Universal Recycling Ordinance

To get started, please submit your information in the form on this page or contact our Organics team members at 512-371-6538 or at

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