Western Region Solid Waste Capacity Study

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), in coordination with the Resource Conservation Council, initiated the Western Region Solid Waste Capacity Study* in July 2020 and completed it in July 2021. The study's objective was to gain a better understanding of the long-term solid waste management needs in the western eight counties of the North Central Texas region, which consists of Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise (hereafter referred to as the Western Region) and to determine potential opportunities to address future landfill capacity challenges.

As the North Central Texas region continues to experience growth in both population and economic activity, the region will need to manage an increasing quantity of solid waste generated by both residents and businesses. According to Texas Commission of Environmental Quality’s 2019 Municipal Solid Waste Annual Report, the NCTCOG region as a whole has approximately 35 years of reserve landfill capacity. However, the estimated landfill capacity of the Western Region is 20 to 25 years as there is less infrastructure for managing the projected increase of solid waste in these counties.

A Policy Advisory Group, comprised of representatives from communities located within the Western Region, was formed to guide the activities of the Western Region Solid Waste Capacity Study.  Although the study is completed, the Policy Advisory Group plans to continue meeting in order to move forward with implementing its recommendations. Information on past and upcoming activities related to the study and solid waste capacity in the Western Region can be found below.

*The study was funded through a solid waste management grant provided by TCEQ through NCTCOG. This funding does not necessarily indicate endorsement of the study findings and recommendations.

Policy Advisory Group Meetings


June 15, 2023
March 29, 2023
December 14, 2022


September 14, 2022
June 16, 2022
November 16, 2021


September 23, 2020
August 12, 2020


Monday, July 15, 2019
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Friday, May 11, 2018
Friday, March 9, 2018

Western Region Solid Waste Capacity Study Final Reports

The following reports were completed in July 2021.

Final Needs Assessment Technical Report
Final Alternatives Analysis Technical Report
Final Summary of Alternatives