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Solid Waste Disposal Act (Texas)

Eligibility 
Utility
Fed. Government
Commercial
Agricultural
Investor-Owned Utility
State/Provincial Govt
Industrial
Construction
Municipal/Public Utility
Local Government
Residential
Installer/Contractor
Rural Electric Cooperative
Tribal Government
Low-Income Residential
Schools
Retail Supplier
Institutional
Multi-Family Residential
Systems Integrator
Fuel Distributor
Nonprofit
General Public/Consumer
Transportation
Program Info
State 
Texas
Program Type 
Siting and Permitting
Provider 
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is responsible for the regulation and management of municipal solid waste and hazardous waste. A fee is applied to all solid waste disposed in the state of Texas. This legislation contains additional provisions pertaining to the disposal of municipal, hazardous, and industrial waste and waste reduction programs. To the extent economically and technologically feasible, it is the state's policy to employ the following waste disposal methods, in order of preference:

For municipal solid waste, not including sludge:
(1) source reduction and waste minimization;
(2) reuse or recycling of waste;
(3) treatment to destroy or reprocess waste to recover energy or other beneficial resources if the treatment does not threaten public health, safety, or the environment; (4) land disposal.

For municipal sludge:
(1) source reduction and minimization of sludge production and concentrations of heavy metals and other toxins in sludge;
(2) treatment of sludge to reduce pathogens and recover energy, produce beneficial by-products, or reduce the quantity of sludge;
(3) marketing and distribution of sludge and sludge products if the marketing and distribution do not threaten public health, safety, or the environment;
(4) applying sludge to land for beneficial use;
(5) land treatment;
(6) landfilling.

For hazardous waste:
(1) source reduction;
(2) reuse or recycling of waste, or both;
(3) treatment to destroy hazardous characteristics;
(4) treatment to reduce hazardous characteristics;
(5) underground injection;
(6) land disposal.