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Extra-bag fees return as Austin chucks limitless trash pickup
Bess Maple Holzband, age 5

Austin suspended extra household trash fees in March as at-home residents started making more of it. Jodi Bart Holzand and her family were among those celebrating.

It's time for Austinites to start keeping tabs on their garbage because the heady days of limitless trash pickup are over.

Fees for extra trash come back starting Monday, Sept. 7, nearly six months after the Austin City Council waived them to accommodate residents who were working from home and, therefore, doubling their household waste output.

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Austin suspends extra trash fees as at-home residents make more of it
Bess Maple Holzband (age 5)

Jodi Bart Holzband loves trash day - and perhaps now more than ever, since she visits the bins twice as often as usual since stay at home orders went into effect. (Photo by Bess Maple Holzband, age 5)

Jodi Bart Holzband looks forward to trash day all week.

"I love that feeling, that it's leaving my house," the Austin public relations consultant said.

Never more than right now, perhaps, because Holzband says her family is generating more trash and recycling at the home than they ever did in the days before the stay-at-home order kept the family of four home all day.

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