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.



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2015 TEEA Pollution Prevention Winner: Nucor Steel
2015 TEEA Technology Winner: Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Orange
2013 TEEA Education Winner: Texas State University, San Marcos
2013 TEEA Youth Winner: Oscar Medina IV, Laredo
2013 TEEA Innovative Operations/Management Winner: Texas Westmoreland Coal Company, Jewett
2012 TEEA Individual Winner: Hannah Jordan Bevers, Sugar Land

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