Pursue efficient use of materials, energy, and water
The Austin Materials Marketplace is an online platform allowing businesses and organizations to connect and find reuse and recycling solutions for waste and by-product materials. The program aims to create a closed-loop, collaborative network of businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs where one organization’s hard-to-recycle waste and by-products becomes another organization’s raw material. In addition to diverting waste from landfills, these recovery activities generate significant cost savings, energy savings, and create new jobs and business opportunities.
AMM is a business-to-business reuse platform run by the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development with support from Austin Resource Recovery. AMM works like a specialized Craigslist for businesses if Craigslist had a person constantly watching the “free!” and “wanted” sections and facilitating matches between them. The program is free for participants with suggested donation levels depending on the size of the business.
So far, 264 companies are participating and any business, entrepreneur or non-profit in Austin or Travis County are welcome to join.
AMM has generated an estimated $372,000 in savings or value creation for participants, diverted an estimated 45,000 cubic feet from the landfill and avoided the approximate equivalent of more than 758 metric tons of carbon dioxide from going into the atmosphere.
City of Austin, United states business council for sustainable development, Austin resource recovery, hundreds of local businesses – small and large, non-profits, educational institutions and community organizations share resources through the program.