Solid Waste Disposal Act (Texas)
Last modified on September 16, 2013.
|Applies to States or Provinces||Texas|
|Name||Solid Waste Disposal Act (Texas)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Siting and Permitting|
|Implementing Sector|| State/Province
|Program Administrator||Texas Commission on Environmental Quality|
|Primary Website|| http://www.tceq.texas.gov/permitting/waste_permits/waste_mgmt.html
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is responsible for the regulation and management of municipal solid waste and hazardous waste. A fee is applied to all solid waste disposed in the state of Texas. This legislation contains additional provisions pertaining to the disposal of municipal, hazardous, and industrial waste and waste reduction programs. To the extent economically and technologically feasible, it is the state's policy to employ the following waste disposal methods, in order of preference:
For municipal solid waste, not including sludge: (1) source reduction and waste minimization; (2) reuse or recycling of waste; (3) treatment to destroy or reprocess waste to recover energy or other beneficial resources if the treatment does not threaten public health, safety, or the environment; (4) land disposal.
For municipal sludge: (1) source reduction and minimization of sludge production and concentrations of heavy metals and other toxins in sludge; (2) treatment of sludge to reduce pathogens and recover energy, produce beneficial by-products, or reduce the quantity of sludge; (3) marketing and distribution of sludge and sludge products if the marketing and distribution do not threaten public health, safety, or the environment; (4) applying sludge to land for beneficial use; (5) land treatment; (6) landfilling.
For hazardous waste: (1) source reduction; (2) reuse or recycling of waste, or both; (3) treatment to destroy hazardous characteristics; (4) treatment to reduce hazardous characteristics; (5) underground injection; (6) land disposal.
|Department||Texas Commission on Environmental Quality|
|Address||12100 Park 35 Circle|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:|| Tex. Health and Safety Code 361
|Authority 2:|| Tex. Admin. Code 30-1.330
|Authority 3:|| Tex. Admin. Code 30-1.335