Officials in Austin, Texas, said residents diverted 38% of their waste from landfills in 2011.
In its annual report, Austin Resource Recovery, which adopted a goal for the city to go zero waste by 2040, said 83,093 tons of materials were diverted from landfills while 127,053 tons of trash was collected in 2011, a reduction from 2010.
Austin Resource Recovery defines zero waste as keeping at least 90% of discarded materials out of the landfill.
The city also purchased 17 compressed natural gas trucks in 2011, bringing the total CNG fleet to 24, along with installing public trash and recycling containers in various parts in the city.
"With a new department name that reflects a renewed commitment toward the city's zero waste goal, I commend Austin Resource Recovery, along with our many community partners and you, the residents of Austin, for your collective green steps that keep our city natural and beautiful," Austin City Manager Marc Ott said in a statement.
The city serviced 182,681 residential households and collected 30,271 tons of yard trimmings. The city recycled or reused 30% of the materials collected at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, all increases over 2010. The city also produced 8,333 gallons of Austin ReBlend paint, available to residents for free at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.