Austin promotes shopping at “Zero Waste” local businesses

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The city of Austin is on a mission to get people to recycle everything.   It’s part of the Zero Waste goal which is to reduce trash in landfills by 90 percent by the year 2040.   Friday morning Austin Resource Recovery will announce its new initiative, called Shop Zero Waste, to get people buying from local stores that sell reused, recycled and up-cycled items.

The city will show examples of the business BlueAvocado Friday morning and how it produces  Banner Bag Collection.  The store, which sells recycled and reused products, takes in excess banner waste from BuildASign.com and tuns them into bags.

An Austin-based sustainable clothing company, called Open Arms, hires women refugee war survivors to create the bags.  The city said ultimately the project creates jobs in town and keeps waste out of the landfill.

April is Earth month and small business month.  Austin Resource Recovery is showcasing all the ways to achieve it’s Zero Waste goal.  Earlier this week it announced it’s expanding it’s composting program so that people not only in homes but apartments and condos can recycle food waste and get money back for buying composting systems.

“Putting compost on lawns and gardens adds nutrients to help plants grow and help reduce the use of chemicals,” said Bob Gedert, Austin Resource Recovery director.  “By composting residents can help reduce the amount of trash sent to landfills which reduces greenhouse gases and saves natural resources.”

If you’re interested in shopping at green stores, there are some listed below.

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