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Solid Waste Resource Links

The CAPCOG Solid Waste Program compiled the following list of helpful organizations and resources that work to educate people about being better stewards of the state's land and environment.

Government organizations

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is the state’s environmental agency. It strives to protect the state’s public health and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. With the goal of clean air and the safe management of waste. The site can be used to learn about state regulations, state funding opportunities, and more.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the mission of protecting human health and the environment. The EPA is responsible for setting national standards and enacting national environmental laws. The EPA provides states with money and guidance for protecting human health and the environment.

Texas based organizations

Keep Texas Beautiful is the state’s affiliate to Keep America Beautiful. It educates and engages Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. Keep Texas Beautiful does this by focusing on litter prevention, beautification and waste reduction.

State of Texas Alliance for Recycling works to benefit the state and its people by increasing recycling rates to the highest level possible while balancing economic and environmental sustainability. STAR has many programs which can be used by Texans to improve their recycling rate as an individual or their community as a whole.

Texas Product Stewardship Council  was created to shift the responsibility for product waste from the government and taxpayers to the producer to reduce public cost and drive improvements in product design that promote environmental sustainability. TxPSC wants to increase recycling rates to the highest level afforded by balanced economic and environmental sustainability principles, for the State and the people of Texas. It is an organization of local governments working with the state government and private organizations to reduce waste and advance public policy to the materials management industry.

Texas Campaign for the Environment is dedicated to informing and mobilizing Texans to protect the quality of their life, their health, their communities and the environment. TCE is a non-partisan, nonprofit citizens’ organization focusing on local and state issues. TCE works to give Texans the opportunity to channel support of policies that protect the environment and quality of life into action.

National based organizations

Earth911 is a one-stop website for ideas on living a sustainable life and reducing waste. Visitors to the website learn about the latest in green technology, do-it-yourself projects for making a home more sustainable, and ways to reduce trash. The site also educates users about recyclables and how to recycle materials in their local area

Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit bringing people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a powerful network of community-based affiliates, they work with millions of volunteers who take action in their own communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places.

North American Hazardous Materials Management Association is a professional organization dedicated to pollution prevention and reducing the amount of hazardous materials that enter the waste stream from entities exempt from local, regional, or national regulations. NAHMMA conducts specialized training for hazardous materials managers and technicians at its annual conference and regional chapters.

National Recycling Coalition is a nonprofit organization focused on the promotion and enhancement of recycling. The organization works to maintain a prosperous and productive recycling system committed to the conservation of natural resources and accelerate sustainable approaches to the management of discarded materials. The NRC develops meaningful partnerships with corporate, government, and nonprofit leaders to bring changes in the use, management, and recycling of natural resources.

Product Stewardship Institute focuses on the concept of producer responsibility. It works to develop and promote legislation and voluntary initiatives where manufacturers are responsible for recycling or safely disposing of their products once consumers are done with them. PSI works to show if producers become responsible for the entire life cycle of their products, they will produce safer products and reduce the burden of materials collection and management.

Solid Waste Association of North America has the mission of advancing the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste in North America. SWANA’s prominent and nationally acclaimed technical conferences and training programs cover all aspects of integrated municipal solid waste management, and the association is a major policy and technical representative of solid waste management practitioners, executives, companies and government organizations.

U.S. Composting Council advances composting and promotes compost use to enhance soils and provide economic and environmental benefits for society. The USCC believes that the recycling of organic material is central to achieving healthy soils, clean water and a sustainable society. These goals are being accomplished with education and the encouragement for cooperation between organic waste producers and processors.