The City of Austin is redeveloping its first eco-industrial park – the Austin [re]Manufacturing Hub. This hub will host reuse and recycling manufacturing industries using materials generated right here in the Austin area.
The 107-acre ecopark sits on Austin’s southeast quadrant, in the undeveloped portions of the City’s former FM 812 Landfill site. Redeveloping this land through an ecopark will provide local, sustainable recycling markets, reduce transportation costs and keep jobs and investment in Austin.
Targeted industries include:
Construction and demolition salvage
Scrap plastics processing
Paper and wood fiber recycling
Glass processing or manufacturing facility
Scrap tires processing and manufacturing
Computer electronic reuse, repair and recycling
Appliance repair operations
Other value-added processing and manufacturing of would-be waste into new products
The City of Austin has completed site surveys, a Phase I environmental assessment, a land plan and a real estate appraisal. Now the infrastructure design is underway, and our next step is to drive new economic opportunities to the site. Infrastructure improvements are scheduled to be completed by Fall 2015, at which time the site will be tenant-ready.
The project is estimated to leverage more than $30 million in private sector development, create up to 1,250 job opportunities at or above Austin’s living wage, and help Austin meet its Zero Waste goal in a sustainable and economically viable manner.