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Solid Waste Management Planning

A Division of MRGDC Planning and Operations, funded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (formerly the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission)

Services Delivered

  • Regional Solid Waste Planning

  • Community Solid Waste Technical Assistance

  • Recycling program Design

  • Composting Program Design and Materials

  • Handle the Solid Waste Grant Applications for the Region

  • Maintaining a regional information resource center

  • Illegal dumping information and program

Resource Center

  • Recycling presentations within the Region

  • Landfill Information

  • Hazardous Waste

  • General Environment

  • Demographics and Maps Available

  • Films and Audio Available on Recycling, Composting and Landfills

  • Solid Waste Management Plans – Council of Governments

  • Statues and Regulations – Federal and State

  • Newsletters, Magazines, Catalogs, Directories

  • Conferences, Trainings

  • Solid Waste Regional Landfill Study Available


Municipal Solid Waste

The focus of the MRGDC waste management efforts over the last seven years has been to help our local governments and communities respond to the changing regulatory environment surrounding federal and state waste management policy.

Uncertainties about certain issues have placed local communities virtually in the dark when making decisions about their own local waste disposal and management options. The MRGDC waste management program staff has sought to help pierce that darkness for them.

All efforts are aimed at helping local communities comply with the changing requirements of state and federal policies. Without the regional program, and the regional allocation of state fee resources that supports it, few of these things would have been possible. In this regional allocations scheme, which the MRGDC helped establish through its intergovernmental relations effort, this region receives more resources in its allocation that it remits in fees to the state, making us net winners on a statewide basis.

As events and regulatory regimes continue to mature, driving up disposal and waste management costs even further, the region as a whole will at some point have to revisit the idea of a regional scale facility and waste management effort. In the meantime, we plan to continue our efforts to help communities keep as much of our current system as possible in place.

To contact the Solid Waste Management Department, please see below:

Michelle Garcia

Solid Waste Planner


Conrado Longoria

Planning & Operations Director


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