Universal Recycling Ordinance in Austin

Let Us Help You Make the Transition

Texas Disposal Systems supports the Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO) Organics Diversion component of Austin’s Zero Waste initiative by helping food permitted facilities make the transition to reduce or divert organic material from the landfill. The URO requires food permitted facilities to establish programs to divert organic material. Minimum requirements include:

1. Submission of an annual Organics Diversion Plan
2. Reduce or divert organic material generated onsite, on a weekly basis
3. Post informational signs in both English and Spanish
4. Educate employees about the organics diversion program annually and within 30 days of hire
5. Place exterior organics collection receptacles within 25-ft of landfill trash containers

Source: http://austintexas.gov/bizorganics

What is Zero Waste?

"Zero Waste is reducing the generation of wasted materials at the source, and maximizing diversion methods to avoid landfills. The overall goal is to strive for at least 90% of the waste stream to be diverted from the landfill"

How Can We Help?

Texas Disposal Systems offers full-service composting and helps its customers make a seamless transition to composting to comply with the URO. 

Why TDS?

  • Offer specialized bins for maintaining cleanliness
  • Assist with compiling customer’s annual Organics Diversion Plan
  • Accept meat and dairy products unlike most facilities
  • Convert waste into useful resources to preserve landfill capacity
  • Provide signage, education and training on our three-stream program
Organics Diversion Timeline:


For questions about recycling, educating employees, or completing the plan, please call us at (800) 375-8375.

Ahead of the game? You may qualify for a Zero Waste Business Rebate!*

*Zero Waste Business Rebates are available to eligible participants by property type on a first-come, first-served basis. Rebate reservations or rain checks are not accepted. For more information or to apply, visit: http://austintexas.gov/zwbizrebate