Will Austin’s waste department rename itself after a rock singer?
Looking to change its confusing name, the city’s garbage department opened up online suggestions to weird results.
By Matt Wilson
Untitled Document Imagine this splayed across the trash truck coming by your house: “Fred Durst Society of Humanities and Arts.” If nearly 30,000 voters in the city of Austin’s recent poll aiming to rename its Solid Waste Services Department had their way, residents of the Texas capital would see the Limp Bizkit frontman’s name going by their homes every week. News outlets including NPR picked up on the work of likely pranksters just before the close of online voting Thursday night.
But city communicators are taking it all in stride, and stressing that just because a joke suggestion got the most votes, it likely won’t be the new name.