Waste Reduction Successes And Resources

Successes

  • In 2017, household hazardous waste (HHW) permanent collection programs and collection events reported 8,135 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 19 million pounds of electronics were collected from consumers in 2018.
  • In 2017, approximately 2.1 million tons of materials were diverted for recycling or reuse from landfills and processing facilities in Texas.
  • A total of 611,718 tons of waste was composted from 10 landfills, and 19 composting facilities around the state in 2017.
  • 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 55 years.
  • From 2013 to 2017, companies and facilities reported having reduced more than 8 million tons of hazardous waste.

Publications

Put Waste in Its Place
School Recycling
What Do I Do with It Now
Electronics Recycling
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2019 TEEA Pollution Prevention Winner: Huntsman Petrochemical LLC.
2019 TEEA Environmental Educator of the Year Winner: Candace Printz
2019 TEEA Environmental Educator of the Year Winner: Candace Printz
2019 TEEA Innovative Operations/Management Winner: BAE Systems, Inc.
2018 TEEA Civic/Community Winner: River, Lakes, Bays ‘N Bayous Trash Bash

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