Attention plastics recyclers — all recyclers for that matter — the city of Austin has an opportunity for you.
The Texas town is developing what is being called the Austin [re]Manufacturing Hub on more than 100 acres at a former city landfill.
The city is now accepting letters of interest from “potential recycling and reuse industry tenants” who want to look into locating in the industrial park.
“To reach zero waste in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner, Austin needs companies in our region that can reuse and repurpose materials we collect,” said Bob Gedert, director of Austin Resource Recovery, in a statement.
“Currently, many of the recyclable items collected in the city are sent out of state or overseas for manufacturing,” the city said.
Austin Resource Recovery is a city agency that provides trash and recycling services and has a goal to reduce the amount of trash sent to landfills by 90 percent by 2040.
The [re]Manufacturing Hub consists of 105 acres, including a 10-acre non-contiguous parcel that will be offered for sale. Another 95 acres will be leased.
Basic infrastructure is set to begin next year and the first phase of the project is expected to be ready for tenants in 2017, the city said.
Austin has an Oct. 19 deadline to submit letters of interest. More information is available here. http://www.austintexas.gov/ecopark