Solid Waste Disposal Act (Texas)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Texas

Applies to States or Provinces Texas
Name Solid Waste Disposal Act (Texas)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source


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.

Policy Contact

Department Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Address 12100 Park 35 Circle
Place Austin, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 78753
Phone 512-239-1000

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