The Universal Recycling Ordinance

How Will My Property Be Affected?


The Austin City Council approved the Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO) on Nov. 4, 2010. This ordinance became effective October 1, 2012 and requires affected property owners to ensure both employees and tenants have access to convenient recycling. By October 1, 2017 all properties will be required to provide Single Stream Recycling to their employees and tenants. By October 1, 2018 all food establishments must ensure their employees  also have access to organics diversion services. The Austin City Council hopes to expand these services to more properties by 2020.

The Universal Recycling
Ordinance (URO)
requirements include:



  • Signage explaining recycling programs in English and Spanish
  • Collection of recyclable materials
  • Exterior recycling containers
  • Yearly education for tenants and employees
  • Annual Diversion Plan
For More Information Please check out the City of Austin Website