Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Highlights of Austin's Organics Diversion Program for Restaurants Effective October 1, 2016

Following the completion of a pilot program, the City of Austin is ready to implement its Organics Diversion Program for restaurants, the goal of which is to decrease the amount of organic materials sent to the landfills.  Here are the highlights:
  • Beginning on October 1, 2016, restaurants that are 15,000 square feet or larger are required to establish an organics diversion program.
  • By October 1, 2017, restaurants between 5,000 square feet and 14,999 square feet are subject to the requirement.
  • By October 1, 2018, all restaurants will need to establish an organics diversion program.
  • Businesses will be required to submit an online Organics Diversion Plan; on a weekly basis, reduce or divert organic material generated onsite;  post informational signs; educate employees; and strategically place exterior organics collection receptacles.  
  • The City of Austin will enforce the program through the inspection process.