A circular economy is an economy where materials aren’t thrown away after a single use; they are used again and again. Materials are designed to be easily taken apart, recycled or composted, so that they can continue to be used and are kept out of the landfill.

Through a partnership between Austin Resource Recovery and the Economic Development Department, the City of Austin Circular Economy Program works to attract, retain and grow businesses and non-profits, and provide resources to entrepreneurs in the zero waste industry. Together we can turn Central Texas into the most vibrant circular economy in the United States.


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  • What's going on in Austin's circular economy? Use our new Circular Economy Story map to find out! *Project is a work in progress*
  • Dedicated staff is available to assist companies interested in starting up and expanding their recycling, repair and reuse activities in Austin. Download the resource guide, or contact us and let us know how we can help!

The Circular Economy Program is a joint effort of Austin Resource Recovery and the Economic Development Department.

The City of Austin also offers a range of business assistance for recycling and waste reduction at the workplace. Please note that the Austin [re]Manufacturing Hub project is currently on hold.