New interactive map connecting circular businesses launches May 9
AUSTIN, TEXAS— On May 9, 2019, The City of Austin’s Circular Economy Program will launch the Austin Circular Economy Story, an interactive data visualization map that interactively connects the dots between Austin companies integrating a circular economy business model.
A circular economy, one that keeps materials and products at their highest and best use by designing waste out of systems, may be new to some. This accessible map allows anyone to quickly grasp the concept by visualizing examples right here in Austin.
The Circular Economy Program is requesting businesses who have adopted one of five circular strategies to fill out an online listing application to be added to the map. The five strategies are:
- Circular Design
- Sustainable Materials Innovation
- Products as a Service
- Product Life Extension
- Using Waste as a Resource
Austin’s Circular Economy Program (formerly Recycling Economic Development) will host a session May 9, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. at the George Washington Carver Museum as part of National Small Business Week titled “Rewrite Your Story: How to Add Social Impact to Your Business Through Circularity” to highlight the Austin businesses who have embraced circularity.
The event will include a panel discussion with circular economy business owners and offer attendees an opportunity to network and brainstorm with the business owners and panelists. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested.
For more information about Austin’s Circular Economy Program, please visit: http://Austintexas.gov/CircularEconomy
About the Circular Economy Program.
Two City of Austin departments, Austin Resource Recovery and the Economic Development Department, have teamed up to launch the Circular Economy Program. The program’s mission attract, retain, and grow businesses, non-profits, and entrepreneurs in the zero waste industry in order to create well-paying local jobs, attract investment, and support the necessary infrastructure for a resilient circular economy in Central Texas.
About Austin Resource Recovery
Austin Resource Recovery provides a wide range of services designed to transform waste into resources while keeping our community clean. Services include curbside collection of recycling, trash, yard trimmings and large brush and bulk items; street sweeping; dead animal collection; household hazardous waste disposal and recycling; and outreach and education. Austin Resource Recovery offers free, voluntary and confidential consulting services to help Austin businesses reduce waste and comply with the City’s recycling ordinances. In December 2011, the Austin City Council approved the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan, which is the City’s road map to Zero Waste. The City of Austin is committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to area landfills by 90 percent by 2040. Learn more at austinrecycles.com.