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SEE Less Trash: Analyzing the Region's Solid Waste Needs

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has worked with local public and private sector leaders and the public to analyze regional information, needs, and issues to amend the Regional Solid Waste Management Plan for North Central Texas. This amendment process has focused on promoting recycling and waste minimization, stopping illegal dumping, and assuring adequate landfill capacity. The result is the Regional Solid Waste Management Plan, Volume 1. The guidance document to implement the Regional Plan is known as the SEE Less Trash Regional Solid Waste Management Plan, Volume 2.

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The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) began an initiative in 2001 to work with local governments and others in the region to develop a vision of Sustainable Environmental Excellence (SEE) by 2025. The project encourages regional cooperation and planning to address the pressing environmental issues facing North Central Texas, including the vision to SEE Less Trash.

NCTCOG is the state-designated planning agency for municipal solid waste in the 16-county region surrounding Dallas/Fort Worth. As the planning agency, NCTCOG is responsible for implementing the Regional Solid Waste Management Plan for North Central Texas. The plan lays out a vision of success for solid waste that provides strategies for addressing common regional problems and promoting coordinated approaches in solid waste management.

NCTCOG works with local public and private sector leaders and the public to analyze regional information, needs, and issues to amend the regional plan to SEE Less Trash. This amendment process has focused on the following goals:

  1. Assuring adequate landfill capacity,
  2. Stopping illegal dumping, and
  3. Promoting recycling and waste minimization.

For each of these categories an ad hoc committee met for several months to develop objectives to achieve these goals. Following the February 2002 public meetings, the committees began developing action recommendations for 2003 through 2007 to achieve the objectives.

Together the objectives and action recommendations represent one part of the regional plan to SEE Less Trash, the other components include a long-range vision for solid waste for North Central Texas, as well as the Closed Landfill Inventory. The entire plan was first presented in draft form at NCTCOG’s Open House on April 26, 2002, and the plan was approved by NCTCOG's Executive Board.

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