Waste & Procurement

Austin ISD is aligned with the City of Austin's zero waste goal to reduce landfill waste by 90% by 2040. To accomplish this, Austin ISD has several initiatives underway: 

  • Food waste composting in over 95 school cafeterias, with the goal of adding more so that 100% of schools are composting by the end of the 2018 school year. 
  • A multi-year plan to eliminate Styrofoam trays in cafeterias district-wide by converting to reusable, recyclable, and/or compostable trays.
  • Monthly recycling and composting data available for each school through the Texas Disposal Systems Eco Academy Website. 

Partner Resources

Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) Eco Academy: TDS Eco Academy was designed to minimize waste in central Texas schools, and includes campus-wide recycling, plus compostables collection in cafeterias. TDS provides free toolkits and support materials to staff, administrators and students, instructing them how to recycle and divert waste and teaching them why it’s important.  

NWF’s Eco‐Schools USA program is a nationwide program that engages Pre K‐12 school students, faculty, administrators and community volunteers in a comprehensive, environment‐based program to improve student environmental literacy and skills.


Keep Austin Beautiful Generation Zero: Generation Zero is an in-class youth education program that engages K-12 students in fun, interactive activities which raise awareness about recycling, composting, and conservation. Program includes three Keep Austin Beautiful staff-led service learning activities.