The Austin Circular Economy Program encourages the reuse, repair and recycling of all materials. The program seeks to keep materials in use for as long as possible, reducing the need to take new resources from the planet. Our team creates resources for businesses, residents and city operations to grow the local circular economy.

What is a circular economy? 

A circular economy mimics nature by valuing everything as a resource and wasting nothing. In a circular economy, businesses and consumers reimagine how they design and use goods and services. A circular economy makes products in a way that is better for the planet and the community. Products are durable and can be taken apart and repaired. Materials used are safer, keep value after their original use, and are easier to recycle. 

Get circular resources for businesses and nonprofits

Grow your circular business 

Start a circular business or adapt your business model

Find an outlet for your extra materials

Our team studied business textiles in 2019 to understand the waste stream. We thought of opportunities to capture the material’s value locally. Learn about ideas we considered and tested during this project. See the map of the urban circular textile material flow.

  • Apply for REverse Pitch to find a partner that will help keep materials out of landfills. 

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Support Austin's Circular Economy

Residents play an important part in Austin’s circular economy. There are so many ways that you can change your consumption habits to help grow Austin's circular economy. Here's how you can help:

The Circular Economy Program is a partnership between Austin Resource Recovery and the Economic Development Department.