AUSTIN -- Austin takes another step toward becoming a greener city. Starting in three years, Austin restaurants will have to compost all of their food scraps.
The Austin City Council passed the plan Thursday night. It requires that all fast food restaurants, cafeterias and bars start separating compostable material in 2016. Smaller food businesses will have to start in 2017.
The new initiative is the latest step in the city's zero waste initiative. The goal is to dramatically reduce waste at landfills.