Austin restaurants can't toss out food anymore

Oct 09, 2018, 8:46 AM EDT
(Source: Nao Okawa/flickr)
(Source: Nao Okawa/flickr)

Austin, with its sight set on “Zero Waste” goal by 2040, has phased in a new law that prohibits food enterprises from throwing their food waste or other organic material in the trash, failing which they could face a fine anywhere between $100 to $2,000.

The city’s Universal Recycling Ordinance requires food enterprises to pick alternative measures such as donating usable food or composing the leftover or diverting the organics to local farms for reuse, notes Green Matters.

The law was already applicable to larger businesses since 2016 but the final phase of implementation, which began on October 1, included all types of local eateries to go “zero waste,” writes Food & Wine.