A respected study estimated that greenhouse gases from mining, extracting, harvesting, processing, and transporting raw materials for manufactured goods and packaging, as well as their disposal, was equal to 37% of U.S. carbon emissions.  Due to grassroots action, Austin became the first Texas city to adopt a “zero waste” goal.


Austin Zero Waste Alliance

105 W. Riverside Dr., #120

Austin, TX 78704

Jeffrey Jacoby (512) 326-5655



Purpose: AZWA works to support the City of Austin’s Zero Waste plan and to hold our decision-makers accountable to its vision.  We work hard to connect Austin’s Zero Waste community to one another and translate our unity into power for our movement.  We’ll stop at nothing!

Projects/Activities: We have a monthly meeting featuring great local speakers most months.  We lobby our elected officials, and members interact with (and serve on) local commissions important to our work.  We also arrange occasional special events for educating the public, fundraising, or otherwise building the Zero Waste movement in Austin.

Meetings: Last Wednesday of the month, 7 PM, usually at Recycled Reads (5335 Burnet Road). Check Web site for updates.

Volunteer Opportunities: We are always happy to have skilled volunteers help us in a variety of ways. Come to a meeting and let us know what you have in mind!

Newsletters/Publications: Regularly updated Facebook.


Ecology Action of Texas

(512) 322-0000



Purpose:  Founded in 1970, Ecology Action (EA) is one of the oldest environmental groups in Austin.  EA is dedicated to educating and empowering people to create a healthier environment.

Projects/Activities: Remediation and preservation of natural environments; landfill diversion; zero-waste initiatives. We have a 10-acre nature preserve in East Austin, transformed from a landfill into healthy habitat and education park.

Newsletters/Publications: Ecology Action Membership E-Bulletin, monthly.

Dues: $4-50 mo./Individuals; other levels for businesses.

Keep Austin Beautiful

55 N I-35, #215

Austin, TX 78702

Keith Sears (512) 391-0617


Purpose: Keep Austin Beautiful provides resources and education to engage citizens in building more beautiful communities.  In one giant effort to fulfill the organization’s vision – for Austin to be the cleanest, most beautiful community it can be – the organization mobilizes 26,500 volunteers and educates 11,800 youth annually.

Projects/Activities: Keep Austin Beautiful is your one-stop shop for completing service projects, greening your event, and outdoor learning.  Available supplies and resources include: activity kits, recycling bins, tools, cleanup supplies, volunteer recruitment, trainings, sign recognition for adopted areas, and K-12 school presentations and service-learning projects.

Our major events include: Keep Austin Beautiful coordinates large-scale cleanups of Lady Bird Lake (bimonthly), Lake Travis (September), and an annual citywide cleanup – “Clean Sweep” (April).  Events are packed with supplies, guidance, volunteer recruitment, prizes, and socials.  “Beautify Bash,” Keep Austin Beautiful’s annual award ceremony and fundraiser, is hosted in November.

State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR)

P.O. Box 1317

Austin, TX 78767

Sara Nichols (512) 828-6409

FAX: (866) 593-5871




Purpose: The mission of STAR is to increase recycling rates to the highest level afforded by balanced economic and environmental sustainability principles, for the benefit of the State and the people of Texas.

Meetings: STAR hosts an annual education and networking event, the “Texas Recycling and Sustainability Summit.” There are many STAR affiliated councils that meet monthly.

Volunteer Opportunities: Internship program where students can receive credit.

Newsletters/Publications: Monthly e-newsletter; interactive Web site; and social media presence.

Dues: $150/year.  Call office for more information.


















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