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Source Reduction and Recycling Studies

Regional and Local Review of MSW Facility Applications

The North Central Texas Council of Governments is responsible for regional solid waste management planning in the North Central Texas Region. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has directed the COG’s to develop a process for review of municipal solid waste (MSW) facility, solid waste permit and registration applications.

In this guidance, TCEQ has directed that the COG’s regional plans should identify those factors that will be used by the applicant to evaluate whether a proposed MSW application will demonstrate conformance with the regional plan.


NCTCOG 2010 Regional Recycling Rate Update – (Phase II) [PDF]

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) retained Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC, formerly R.W. Beck) to conduct the 2010 Regional Recycling Rate Update Study. Previously NCTCOG retained SAIC to conduct the original NCTCOG Regional Recycling Rate Benchmarking Study in 2007. The purpose of the original study was to develop a baseline recycling rate for the 16-county North Central planning region. SAIC produced results from collection of recycling and disposal data from municipalities, processors, landfills and TCEQ. Over 80 communities were selected to participate in this effort and results of the 2010 Update documents progress in the recycling rate on a regional and city-by-city basis.

Regional Recycling Rate Update

City of Fort Worth 2005 Multi-Family Recycling Study [PDF]

In 1995, the City of Fort Worth (City) formed a Citizen’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee, which made recommendations to help the City meet its solid waste needs through 2015. As a key recommendation to continually improve solid waste services, the City is making efforts to increase its overall diversion rate. The City initially focused on its single-family recycling program. The City’s new solid waste management program, which was implemented in 2003, has been very successful in increasing single-family diversion. Through the use of an effective customer education program, a volume-based disposal system and enforcement, the
City has more than tripled its residential recycling rate between 2003 and 2005. Given the finite capacity of area landfills and the need to recover resources in the waste stream, the City has recognized the need to expand its recycling initiatives. The City aims to build from the effectiveness of its single-family recycling program by increasing diversion from other sectors (e.g. multi-family and commercial).

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Regional Recycling Rate Benchmarking Study (Phase I) - 2007

In June 2006, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) retained R. W. Beck, Inc. to conduct the Regional Recycling Rate Benchmarking Study. The purpose of this Study is to develop recycling rates for the 16-county North Central Texas region. R. W. Beck has developed residential, ICI (industrial, commercial, and institutional) and overall recycling rates to serve as a benchmark to measure the success of future recycling initiatives.

Regional Recycling Rate Benchmarking Study - 2007
Benchmarking Study Graphics (click image to see a larger version)  

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How Does Your City's Residential Rate Stack Up?

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Recycling Rates Pie Chart - Click for larger version

2004-2005 Reported Regional Recycling Rates

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Recycling Contract Negotiation Guidebook-2009

The Recycling Contract Negotiation Guidebook has been developed to provide a resource to local governments and private companies in North Central Texas to develop more effective recycling service contracts. This study provides a comprehensive overview of recycling collection and processing contract issues.

Recycling Contract Negotiation Guidebook Cover

Regional Recycling Ordinance and Building Design Guidelines-2009

The Recycling Ordinance and Building Design Guidelines has been developed to address infrastructure and building procedures for recycling programs at multi-family and commercial properties. It is intended to provide a resource to local governments in North Central Texas on recycling ordinances that can be implemented to enhance recycling efforts.

Recycling Ordinance and Building Design Guidelines Cover
   
 

Phase III Construction and Demolition (C&D) Material Recovery Facility Study- 2007

This study looked at amounts of C&D materials disposed of at a North Texas landfill, including the C&D waste volume, waste sources, and type of C&D waste generated . A twenty-year C&D waste generation planning forecast for the areas served by the landfill was done in order to get a better idea of how projected growth will impact the amount of materials that could potentially be processed at a C&D MRF. A market analysis was conducted within the North Central Texas Region for the sale of possible C&D materials that would be processed at a MRF. Site selection criteria was developed to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages for potential locations and a conceptual MRF was developed.

Final Report [PDF]

Phase III Construction and Demolition (C&D) Material Recovery Facility Study- 2007
 

Construction and Demolition Waste Minimization Strategies for North Central Texas Region - 2005

This study included case studies and cost benefit analysis of five C&D waste minimization programs and practices that are currently in place or may be feasible in the region including the development of a C&D material recovery facility (MRF).

Final Report [PDF]

Construction and Demolition Waste Minimization Strategies for North Central Texas Region - 2005
 

Regional Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris Reduce/Reuse/Recycle (R3) Study - 2003

In FY2003, NCTCOG completed a construction & demolition debris project involving the development of a report, a database of C&D recyclers, and an action plan for C&D waste reduction in the region. Below are the Final Reports.

Final 2003 C&D Report [PDF]

Final Action Plan [PDF]

Construction and Demolition Phase I Study Report

 

 
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