Waste Reduction Successes And Resources

Successes

  • 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.

Publications

Put Waste in Its Place
Mulching and Composting: A “Take Care of Texas” Guide

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2018 TEEA Civic/Community Winner: River, Lakes, Bays ‘N Bayous Trash Bash
2018 TEEA Youth Winner: We Care Act
2018 TEEA Individual Winner: Ashley Dang
2017 TEEA Winner Civic/Community: Fort Hood
2017 TEEA Winner Youth: Teens4Green
2017 TEEA Winner Individual: Martha McLeod

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