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Austin, TX 78744

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Solid Waste Planning

CAPCOG is the state designated planning agency for solid waste management issues in the region. The 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

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 2018-19 grant application period, CAPCOG has posted them.

> Review the applications.
> Contact Ken May, regional program coordinator.

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.

> Learn more about the RETF.

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.

> Report illegal dumping using an online form.



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.

> Get materials from recent CAPCOG Solid Waste Program workshops.


The CAPCOG Solid Waste Program has funded and compiled a number of reports pertaining to solid waste collection and disposal throughout the region. Those reports can be found on the CAPCOG Publications webpage.

> Find a Solid Waste Program report.

Every biennium the Texas Association of Regional Councils (TARC) puts together a legislative report about solid waste activities done across the 24 regional planning councils. The report is called Regional Solid Waste Grants Program Funding Report.

> View the report on TARC's website.


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.

> Learn about additional organizations and resources.


> Contact Ken May, regional program coordinator.

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