Solid Waste Planning
CAPCOG is the state designated planning agency for solid waste management issues in the region. The CAPCOG Solid Waste Program reviews applications for landfill permits and solid waste grants. Each year CAPCOG provides oversights on Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) funding for local government projects, including source reduction, recycling, local illegal dumping enforcement, solid waste studies, household hazardous waste collections, and public education efforts. CAPCOG provides technical assistance to local governments on solid waste issues and continuing education opportunities for local governments and solid waste professionals.
Regional Solid Waste Management Program Elements
- Solid Waste Grant Program
- Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC)
- Closed Landfill Inventory (CLI)
- Regional Solid Waste Management Planning
- Recycling and Waste Drop-off Locations (CAPCOG Region)
In addition, CAPCOG staff provides grant coordination, technical assistance, and is involved with educational activities and regional environmental management coordination.
Solid Waste Grant Applications for Private Industry Review
According to state law (Section 361.014 (b) TX Health & Safety Code), a project or service funded under this program must promote cooperation between public and private entities, and the grant-funded project or service may not be otherwise readily available or create a competitive advantage over a private industry that provides recycling or solid waste services.
To allow private industry the chance to review the applications received during the 2016-17 grant application period, CAPCOG has posted them.
Debris Management Guidance and Sample Documents
The following links contain useful information on disaster debris management to include documents used as guidance during the cleanup process and management of debris after a destructive event.
- Debris Management Site Report
- Sample Press Releases Regarding Debris Collection
- Sample Right of Entry Agreement
- Sample Health and Safety Strategy
- Debris Management Checklist
- Example of Temporary Debris Management Site Approval Form
- Sample Intergovernmental Agreement (County & Municipality)
- Sample Intergovernmental Agreement (Government & Special District)
- Sample Intergovernmental Agreement (Government & TxDOT)
- Debris Contract Checklist
- Debris Contract Guide
- FEMA Debris Management Guidance
Information provided in the links come from appendices in a draft Disaster Debris Management Plan developed by CAPCOG for Burnet County through a grant from the Texas Homeland Security State Administrative Agency, and documents provided by the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments.
Regional Environmental Task Force (RETF)
The Capital Area RETF is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement effort of 12 government agencies in Central Texas. This group was formed to address the problems associated with illegal dumping and other environmental crimes. CAPCOG provides centralized coordination for the Task Force which provides support with technical expertise, outreach and education, and training in environmental law.
Report illegal dumping
Whether it's leftover tires thrown down a ravine; old furniture, plastics and chemicals tossed in a field; or other suspicious activity, report illegal dumping anonymously anytime by calling 1-877-NO-DUMPS (1-877-663-8677) or completing the convenient online form. CAPCOG forwards illegal dumping complaints to the appropriate jurisdiction for investigation.
CAPCOG provides a number of workshops on solid waste management for entities in its 10-county area. Workshops provided by CAPCOG have included topics about recycling, applying for solid waste management grants, disaster debris management and more.
The CAPCOG Solid Waste Program has funded and compiled a number of reports pertaining to solid waste collection and disposal throughout the region. The following is some of the most recent reports from CAPCOG as well as other agencies.
- Texas Association of Regional Councils – Regional Solid Waste Grants Program Funding Report, Fiscal Year 2012/13
- Market Analysis of Recoverable Materials Final Report
- Waste Minimization & Landfill Alternatives (RW Beck) Report
- C & D Waste Diversion Report
There are many other organizations and resources available to help entities around the Capital Area educate themselves and their communities on recycling, proper solid waste and household hazardous waste disposal and being good stewards of Texas land. The solid waste program compiled a list of valuable and helpful links to those organizations and resources.