Austin Resource Recovery encourages buyers to find goods and services that embrace zero waste


Buyers invited to think zero waste

Austin Resource Recovery, a department of the City of Austin, has launched its 2021 Give A Great Story holiday campaign, encouraging Austinites to rethink shopping and gifting this holiday season by making zero waste purchases.

This year, the department is promoting the relaunch of the Austin Reuse Directory to help Austinites find goods and services that embrace zero waste gifts. The directory can help residents find places to purchase used, vintage or recycled items, repair a beloved item, or gift rental services. Users can also find places to donate or sell lightly used items in the spirit of giving back this holiday season. Currently, the directory is best viewed in a web browser on a desktop or laptop computer.

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City gets top marks for inclusiveness

Austin recently achieved a maximum score of 100 points in a national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gay equality assessment based on city policies, laws and services.

The city was awarded the highest marks by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the national LGBTQ + civil rights organization, in partnership with the Federation for Equality.

Its report, the 10th annual municipal equality index, assesses cities on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and LGBTQ + equality leadership. , to establish how inclusive cities are for LGBTQ + people who live and work. the.

Austin has received a score of 100 for nine consecutive years, starting in 2013.

To view Austin’s 2021 Municipal Equality Scorecard: To view the full report, including detailed dashboards for each city and a searchable database:



Tree of Angels event on December 6

The Williamson County community is invited to join the district attorney’s office in lighting the ninth annual tree of angels in honor of victims of violent crime.

The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 6 at the historic Williamson County Courthouse in the 26th District Courtroom, 710 S. Main St.

Families, survivors of violent crime, families with missing loved ones, and friends of victims are encouraged to bring an angel ornament to place on the tree. The evening will also include the dedication and lighting of the unadorned angel tree and the victims / families / friends adorning the tree with angel ornaments.

The general public is welcome to take part in the event.

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