Waste Reduction Successes And Resources
- In 2015, household hazardous waste (HHW) permanent collection programs and collection events reported 8,667 tons of waste collected, nearly 7 percent of which was diverted for reuse.
- Through the Texas Recycles Computers and the Texas Recycles TVs programs, more than 30 million pounds of electronics were collected from consumers in 2016.
- In 2015, approximately 1.3 million tons of materials were diverted for recycling or reuse from landfills and processing facilities in Texas.
- A total of 605,133 tons of waste was composted from eight landfills, 18 composting facilities, and two transfer stations around the state in 2015.
- From 1986 to the mid-1990s, the state’s reserve capacity for disposal (the time it would take landfills to fill up if they continued operating normally) was less than 22 years. Thanks to changes in technology, processes, and waste diversion, the current reserve capacity for disposal is about 56 years.
- From 2012 to 2016, companies and facilities reported having reduced more than 5.8 million tons of hazardous waste.
Put Waste in Its Place
Mulching and Composting: A “Take Care of Texas” Guide
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These links will take you to various resources on reducing waste and related issues:
- Household Hazardous Waste: A Guide for Texans
- Contacts for Local Household Hazardous Waste Programs
- Electronics Recycling
- Texas Recycles Computers Program
- Texas Recycles TVs Program
- About Pollution Prevention (P2) Planning
- Resource Exchange Network for Eliminating Waste (RENEW)
- Remediation: Cleaning Up Contaminated Sites
- Waste Management Permits and Registrations
- What Do I Do with it Now PDF