Creating A Culture: From “Waste” to Resource


At Organics “By Gosh” we encourage our community to keep organic material out of the local landfills and, in doing so, help the City of Austin achieve its goal of becoming Zero Waste. But what is Zero Waste, you might ask?


Currently, the way most of our world’s production systems work is based on a linear model. A product is created from earth’s resources, manufactured, sold, and ultimately has an end-life in the landfill. Zero Waste is a cyclical model, based on nature. This model restores our resource life cycles so that products are recycled, reused, or repurposed. They don’t have an end-life, instead they’re part of a 360º sustainability cycle!

Zero Waste International Alliance provides the only peer-reviewed, internationally accepted definition of Zero Waste:


“Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.”


Zero Waste isn’t just about recycling what we throw away; it’s looking at the entirety of our process with the goal of reducing waste from the start. This is a ‘whole systems’ approach. In doing so, we become mindful of our impact by creating systems that support our local economy, health of our community, sustainability of our ecosystem, empowerment of our people, and well-being of our planet. We think that’s something worth being done “by gosh”!

Organics Recycling Commercial Collection

How do I start a composting program?

Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO)

How will the URO affect me?

Organics “By Gosh” is proud to be a vehicle of change towards a Zero Waste world!