In 2015, the 84th Texas Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 2763 for the development of a Study on the Economic Impacts of Recycling that will build on the efforts of prior recycling studies and will dig deeper into the economic benefits of the recycling industry in Texas. The study will include a recycling industry survey to tap into current market conditions. 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. The study is expected to be complete in 2017.
The Texas Recycling Data Initiative (TRDI), released in February 2015, was developed by the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR), in partnership with the Lonestar Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (TxSWANA). TRDI provided a benchmark for recycling activity in Texas, including establishing the methodology and presenting limited economic and jobs information. Other similar, regional studies have been completed by the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Houston-Galveston Area Council.
Through a competitive bidding process, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has retained Burns & McDonnell to complete the project. Burns & McDonnell led the TRDI effort in collaboration with STAR, and TRDI was successful in part because of the strong participation and support from the recycling industry in Texas. This support and participation is even more crucial as we move forward with this study and collect data from recycling processors and end markets handling Texans’ recyclable material. STAR is currently working as a subcontractor to Burns & McDonnell on this project for TCEQ.
For more information and to take the survey, please visit www.txrecyclingstudy.org. The survey will close on Monday, October 31st.