Waste Reduction Successes And Resources
- In 2013, household hazardous waste (HHW) permanent collection programs and collection events reported 6,634 tons of waste collected, nearly 10 percent of which was diverted for reuse.
- Through the Texas Recycles Computers and the Texas Recycles TVs programs, more than 45 million pounds of electronics were collected from consumers in 2014.
- In 2012, approximately 1.2 million tons of materials were diverted for recycling or reuse from landfills and processing facilities in Texas.
- A total of 381,827 tons of waste was composted from eight landfills, 16 composting facilities, and two transfer stations around the state in 2012.
- 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 57 years.
- From 2008 to 2012, companies and facilities reported having reduced more than 1.9 million tons of hazardous waste.
- Since 1989, more than 499 successful exchanges occurred through the Resource Exchange Network for Eliminating Waste (RENEW) program.
Plug Into Electronics Recycling
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