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  • "During 2016, a dramatic increase in the incidence and severity of post oak mortality occurred throughout much of Texas—a scenario called “rapid decline of post oaks” because of the reported symptoms. Recent episodes of severe drought combined with fluctuating periods of extreme, unseasonal flooding created conditions for outbreaks of diseases and pests that, under normal conditions, do not kill trees. Many of the problems strike aging post oaks that grow on marginal sites where the soils are not conducive to maximum growth and longevity.

    The solutions to these problems lie in preventing repeated exposure to stressful growing conditions. Treatments such as specialized mulching and site alterations are practical only in urban environments; these situations are difficult to correct in post oak woodlands. Under stressful environmental and rapidly changing climatic conditions, increased mortality rates are inevitable in large populations of mature trees." - Texas A&M AgriLife 

    Full Article.
  • The City Transfer Station is PERMANENTLY CLOSED. The decision to close the transfer station was made by City Council on 10/11/2016. Follow the links below for alternative transfer and dump stations. 

    Please be advised that each landfill/transfer station has different policies regarding items and pricing. 

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    Place Location Phone Number  Information/Website
    Austin Community Landfill 9900 Giles Ln Austin, TX 78754 (512) 272-4329 Click here for website
    Travis County Landfill 9600 FM 812 Austin, TX 78719 (512) 243-6300 (512) 282-3508 Construction/demolition ONLY. Click here for website
    Progressive Waste Solutions #32139 (512) 783-5429  Click here for website
    Texas Disposal Systems 12200 Carl Rd Creedmoor, TX 78610 (512) 421-1300  Click here for website
    Bastrop County Transfer Station 601 Cool Water Dr. (512) 581-7176 If no answer, please leave a message. Click here for information 
  • "In Texas, heating and cooling accounts for as much as 40 percent of your home's energy usage. With the arrival of colder weather this fall and winter, it can be tempting to crank up the thermostat, leading to higher heating costs. Luckily, there are many ways you can reduce your energy consumption and stay warm this winter."

                                                        -Take Care of Texas

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    Click here to see how you can save money on your energy bill this winter!

  • "Recycling is important because it helps to reduce waste, conserve energy, and preserve natural resources. However, we only recycle about one third of our trash."

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    "Over the winter holidays, we generate about 25 percent more waste, making recycling even more CRITICAL."

                                                                                                                    -Take Care of Texas

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    Click here to see if wrapping paper is recyclable or not!  

  • Click here to view the recycling guide.

    -Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

  • Q. Why can't we throw it in the trash?

    A. Proper disposal of household hazardous waste is important for the environment, personal health, and sanitation of the public. Poisons in the the home are dangerous, on average there is one exposure to poison every 14 seconds in the U.S. Majority of poisonings involve everyday items such as: cleaning supplies, medicines, cosmetics, & personal care items. 87% of all poisonings occur in the home. 

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    Management of household hazardous waste (HHW) important to communities because it affects:

          * The safety of sanitation workers

          * Costs due to damage of municipal equipment 

          * HAZMAT cleanup costs 

          * Potential dangers to homeowners

          * Environmental degradation

          * Economic Development: A CLEAN COMMUNITY SIGNALS PRIDE IN THE COMMUNITY & GOOD FOR BUSINESS!

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    Q. How can I manage household hazardous waste & recycling at my house?4

    A. Decrease the waste you keep in your own home by considering some simple guidelines:

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          * REDUCE the amount of waste by buying only what you need to do the job. Buying chemicals in build may not save you money if you do not use all of it. Reducing the size of of HHW containers can also help avoid creating a cluttered cabinet full of chemicals that you will need to throw out eventually.

          * REUSE. If you know a friend, relative, or neighbor who can use unexpired chemicals or paint in good condition, PASS IT ON! You will save yourself and others in expense and convenience. 

          * RECYCLING gives new life to products. Not only does it conserve natural resources and reduce waste in landfills, but it also reduces greenhouse gas emission through energy savings. 

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