food scraps in an outdoor compost bin

What is compost and why does it matter?

Compost is decomposed organic material that is made up of material such as leaves, shredded twigs, and kitchen scraps from plants. When you add compost to clay soils, it is easier to work and plant. When you add it to sandy soils, the compost improves the water holding capacity of the soil. Adding organic matter…

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A Year of Service: Volunteers Build a Better Austin

By Rodney Ahart, Keep Austin Beautiful Executive Director

As Austin’s population continues to grow at a record rate, we face new challenges—and new opportunities—for protecting open spaces and engaging the communities who call Austin home. That’s why Keep Austin Beautiful is naming 2018 our “Year of Service,” with the goal of connecting diverse residents through community service projects that span the city.

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Keep Walnut Creek Wild Recognized for Restoring Native Habitats

Keep Austin Beautiful is thrilled to recognize the Keep Walnut Creek Wild volunteer group with the 2017 Balcones Beautification Award. As an Adopt-a-Creek partner since May 2014, Keep Walnut Creek Wild cares for Tar Branch and surrounding uplands in Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. Their work goes far beyond picking up litter, as the group has committed extraordinary efforts to removing invasive species and restoring native tree diversity in the areas surrounding their adopted creek segment.

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