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Cost/Benefit Analysis Study

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), through funding by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), contracted with Reed, Stowe & Yanke, LLC to develop a report studying the costs and benefits of illegal dumping programs in the NCTCOG 16-country region. The need for this study was identified in both the SEE Less Trash Regional Solid Waste Management Plan and the NCTCOG Targeted Illegal Dumper Study, a previous study also developed for the NCTCOG region. The Regional Stop Illegal Dumping Cost/Benefit Analysis Study (The Study) had two purposes:

  • First, determine how communities were allocating resources, and how much was being allocated in addressing local illegal dumping problems,
  • Second, evaluate the most cost-effective and efficient approaches to cleaning up illegal dump sites, establishing and operating environmental enforcement programs, and coordinating educational and outreach programs addressing illegal dumping.

The Study consisted of 5 case studies of local governments from within the region. Three counties: Collin County, Kaufman County, and Tarrant County; and two cities: City of Allen, and the City of Grand Prairie. Key findings from The Study determined that a majority of the local governments in the region were spending a vast amount of their funds on cleaning up illegal dumpsites rather than towards enforcement or educational activities. As a result of this study, the consultants identified many cost-effective approaches that local governments can implement to help enhance their illegal dumping programs.

NCTCOG has provided the PDF and Flash versions of the report HERE.


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