City of Austin Announces Chicken Keeping Classes, $75 Rebate

Austin Texas Recovery ResourcesAUSTIN, TEXAS — Have you ever wanted your own chickens and coop but didn’t know where to start? Austin Resource Recovery now offers free chicken keeping classes and a $75 rebate on a coop.

Keeping chickens is a great way to keep your food waste out of the landfill; chickens recycle your food scraps while giving you fresh eggs and creating healthy soil.

The classes are part of Austin Resource Recovery’s Home Composting Rebate Program, which provides Austinites with more ways to help reach Austin’s Zero Waste goal.  To get started simply attend a class, purchase a chicken coop, submit the rebate application online and receive a $75 check.

The list of scheduled classes is as follows:

Date Class Time Location
Apr. 23 10 a.m. Mueller Farmer’s Market, 4209 Airport Blvd.
May 13 10 a.m. Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market, 3200 Jones Rd.
May 24 6 p.m. Triangle Farmer’s Market, 4600 Guadalupe St.
Jun. 18 11 a.m. HOPE Farmer’s Market, 412 Comal St.
Jul. 29 1 p.m. Recycled Read, 5335 Burnet Rd.

Only City of Austin customers who pay the Clean Community Fee on their utility bills and who have not already received a Home Composting Rebate are eligible for the rebate, but anyone may take the class.

Visit austinrecycles.com for more information about the Chicken Keeping Rebate and other Zero Waste programs. Residents with composting-related questions may email composting@austinrecycles.com.

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About Austin Resource Recovery
Austin Resource Recovery provides a wide range of services designed to transform waste into resources while keeping our community clean. Services include curbside collection of recycling, trash, yard trimmings and large brush and bulk items; street sweeping; dead animal collection; household hazardous waste disposal and recycling; and outreach and education. Austin Resource Recovery offers free, voluntary, and confidential consulting services to help Austin businesses reduce waste and comply with the City’s recycling ordinances. In December 2011, the Austin City Council approved the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan, which is the City’s roadmap to Zero Waste. The City of Austin is committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to area landfills by 90 percent by 2040. Learn more at austinrecycles.com.

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