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Study on the Economic Impacts of Recycling

The TCEQ will conduct a study on the current and potential economic impacts of recycling, including state and local revenue that may be considered lost because recyclable materials are not recycled. Results will be included in the TCEQ report, "Municipal Solid Waste in Texas: A Year in Review, 2016 Data Summary and Analysis."

 

About the Study

The TCEQ has hired a contractor to conduct a study on the current economic impacts of the Texas recycling industry processing and manufacturing materials from municipal solid waste (MSW) streams. In addition to economic data, the study will also report on the amount of MSW recycled in Texas.

Recycling industry processing and end user professionals are encouraged to contribute to the study by participating in an online survey. Results will be included in the TCEQ report, "Municipal Solid Waste in Texas: A Year in Review, 2016 Data Summary and Analysis." This will give Texas policy makers the information they need to examine the economic, environmental, and policy issues of interest to Texas businesses, citizens, and governmental agencies.

H.B. 2763

This study is required by House Bill 2763, 84th Legislature, relating to a study of the current and potential economic impacts of recycling. You can find the exact text of the bill here.Exit the TCEQ

The Survey

Similar to the TRDI Study (See link to the TRDI below in Related Content), the survey was hosted on the Re-TRAC platform. Respondents were able to complete the survey for each of their facilities, and if they had multiple facilities they were able to report them in aggregate. As part of the survey, respondents were asked for a facility description, the amount of MSW recycled material processed or used by the facility, economic questions, market questions, and a few additional open ended questions.

The Survey was conducted from August 15th - October 31st, 2016. Updated Information

Materials Included in the Survey:

The study will cover an increased scope of materials as listed below.

  • Plastics (PET #1, HDPE #2, Plastics #3-7)
  • Organics (Green Waste, Food and Beverage, Biosolids)
  • Metals (Ferrous and Non-ferrous)
  • Paper (Mixed, Old Corrugated Containers, Other Paper)
  • Glass (Containers, Other Glass)
  • Construction and Demolition Debris
  • Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
  • Electronics
  • Tires
  • Textiles
  • Other Materials

Confidentiality

The Study on the Economic Impacts of Recycling will request recycling and economic data from private recycling companies. Business sensitive information will be protected by every reasonable measure allowable by law.

Industry Support

The Study will build off the methodologies of previous recycling studies by engaging key industry stakeholders during the project through a voluntary Recycling Industry Committee (RIC). The RIC is a diverse consortium of state and national trade group and commodity representatives working with the TCEQ and the Project Team to help with targeted outreach to increase survey participation among respondents in their networks.

Recycling Industry Committee:
For a complete list of organizations participating in the Recycling Industry Committee, see the RIC. Adobe Acrobat PDF Document

News and Social Media


You can view the news release about the survey.

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Related Content

Annual Summary of Municipal Solid Waste Management in Texas: The TCEQ is responsible for data assessment and planning for the management of solid wastes in Texas. To support these activities, the TCEQ collects and compiles data on the processing and disposal of municipal solid waste. The data are compiled and published in an annual summary report titled Municipal Solid Waste in Texas: A Year in Review (TCEQ publication AS-187).

STAR Texas Recycling Data Initiative: The Texas Recycling Data Initiative (TRDI), led by a partnership of the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) and the Lone Star Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (TxSWANA), seeks to quantify material availability for market and infrastructure development and resource planning and management. The initiative also aims to identify recycling industry-associated job creation. This information is important to better understand the economic, environmental, and policy issues facing Texas businesses, citizens, and governmental agencies.

North Central Texas Council of Governments Source Reduction and Recycling StudiesThe North Central Texas Council of Governments is responsible for regional solid waste management planning in the North Central Texas Region.

Houston-Galveston Area Council: The Economic Contribution of the Recycling Industry to the Houston-Galveston Region: SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, LLC (SAIC) was retained by the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) to estimate the current and potential economic contribution of the recycling industry in the region.

The Current and Potential Economic Impacts of Austin Recycling and Reuse Related Activity: The City of Austin commissioned TXP, Inc. to evaluate the recycling and reuse sectors' economic impact, provide a better understanding of the current impact of recycling, and estimate the magnitude of the opportunity to increase its role in the local economy.

Stakeholder Input Meeting

A Stakeholder Input Meeting was held on September 10, 2015. The Agency received input on items which need to be considered in conducting the survey as instructed by House Bill 2763. If you were unable to attend or have additional comments you may submit them at any time by contacting us at recycle@tceq.texas.gov.