The City of Austin will pay $75 to any adult living in the city who chooses to buy a chicken coop and starts looking after chickens in their backyard.
As part of the Austin Resource Recovery’s Home Composting Rebate Program, Austinites can attend one of five free chicken-keeping classes over the summer. After one class has been attended, people can buy a chicken coop and submit a rebate application to the city online and, in turn, they will receive a $75 cheque from the government.
Zero waste target
The City of Austin said in a statement that keeping chickens was a “great way” to keep food waste out of landfill, as chickens recycle food scraps. They can also provide fresh eggs and meat, as well as create healthy soil.
Austin officials want to be able to reach a point when it creates no waste by 2040. To meet this ambitious target, the administration said it needed to cut the amount of waste sent to landfill by 90% in the next 23 years.
All of the free chicken classes are already fully booked, suggesting demand to start a chicken coop in the city is high.