Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO)

The City of Dallas's Zero Waste Plan includes an option for City Council to consider a Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO) in 2019 if recycling participation does not increase significantly.

UROs are typically used by cities in order to require commercial and/or multifamily properties to provide recycling for their tenants, guests, customers, and/or residents. They are typically phased in over time (1-3 years) and allow for exceptions in the presence of specific conditions (significant space constraints, etc.)

Texas cities with a URO include Allen, Austin, Fort Worth, Lewisville, and San Antonio. Only Austin's URO currently addresses bars & restaurants.


To read the most recent Zero Waste update (11/2016) from the City of Dallas, click here.

To view the full City of Dallas Zero Waste Plan, click here.