RECYCLING MARKET DEVELOPMENT PLAN
In 2019, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 649, which requires the development of a Recycling Market Development Plan to examine the current recycling economy in Texas, discover opportunities for growth, and draft a proposal for action. The bill also includes the creation of a comprehensive educational campaign to cover the economics of recycling in Texas, highlight businesses that are involved in recycling in Texas, and to reduce contamination. The Recycling Market Development Plan will build upon the efforts of prior recycling studies in Texas, including the Study on the Economic Impacts of Recycling (SEIR), released in July 2017, which provided quantitative data about the Texas recycling industry’s input in the Texas economy.
For a copy of the SEIR report and links to other related studies, please visit the project website at www.txrecyclingstudy.org.
The Recycling Market Development Plan will take an updated look at the economics of the recycling industry in Texas and will provide details about the current and needed infrastructure to manage the state’s recyclables as well as various recommendations on how to support and grow the Texas recycling industry. Additionally, an educational campaign will be developed highlighting the economic benefits of recycling, companies in Texas utilizing recycled feedstock, and contamination reduction messaging. Through a competitive bidding process, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has retained Burns & McDonnell to complete the project.