Operating a recycling program today is challenging. A successful recycling operation requires a high volume of materials and proximity to a market to sell the materials because trucks, fuel, and staff can be expensive. Recycled materials are a commodity, and commodity pricing is determined by supply and demand. The downturn in global markets, especially China, and more stringent contamination standards have led to lower prices. Unfortunately, right now, there aren’t enough markets in Texas.
While there’s no magic wand or quick fix for overcoming recycling challenges, many resources are available for recycling programs across the state, including:
State of Texas Alliance for Recycling City Resources
Waste Management Recycling Right
Erin LivingstonErin.Livingston@h-gac.com 832-681-2525
State Legislators are committed to improving recycling markets in Texas. SB 649 requires the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Economic Development and Tourism Office study and make recommendations on how to stimulate the use of recyclable materials.
The bill includes a review of the use of recyclables by Texas manufacturers and processors and a program to provide education to the public on recycling.
Houston-Galveston Area Council