Solid Waste Newsletter - #11 - November 2011

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PEP Rally! November, 2011

Did you know? 

1.5 Billion pounds of pumpkins are grown and harvested each year! Most pumpkins are grown in Illinois, USA The USA buys more pumpkins than any other nation. The work pumpkin comes from the Greek word “pepon” which means: Big Mellon!

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e-Recycling 2011 Texas Recycles Day is November 15th and that will be the kick-Off of our 2011 Electronics Recycling Event for 2011. Each community will collect electronics from their residents and small businesses beginning on November 15 and running trough December 15th.

up a time to drop off their pallets. ECS Refining will begin to pick-up loads from these five loading cities on December 20th...so you will need to have your pallets already there by 5:00 on the 19th of December.

the processing fees. LOADING CITIES: Dalhart  Canadian  Memphis  Tulia  Amarillo Every community is invited to join in this event! Contact Elizabeth Thomas at PRPC 806372-3381 for more information. 

Each community needs to place all their electronics on pallets and triple-wrap it securely with industrial plastic wrap.

ECS will take the electronics directly to their facility in Terrell, Texas and it will be run trough a tub-grinderresulting in 1/2” pieces See back page for loadthat will all be recycled ing city contact informaresponsibly. ECS is an e tion. -Steward Recycler.

On December 16th, each community will coordinate with one of the loading cities to set

There is a corporate sponsor paying for ALL the transport fees to Terrell as well as ALL

TRAINING Basic Environmental Law Training Thursday, December 1st in San Marcos, TX Contact Ashley Fisher 512-916-6185


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PEP Rally!

Municipal Solid Waste in Texas 2010 - A Year in Review Each year permitted and registered MSW Facilities submit their data to TCEQ, where it is compiled into the Summary. The Waste Permits Division of the TCEQ provides a Data Summary and Analysis of Municipal Solid Waste activities from across the state. Below are sections of that report.

Waste Information Commercial Tons are the lowest In more

The largest single type of waste disposed in Texas MSW landfills in 2010 was residential waste, comprising of 38% of the total waste stream, followed by commercial waste with 31%, and lastly, C&D debris with 16 percent. These three waste types make p the vast majority of the waste stream—85% of the MSW disposed in the state. The other 15% is comprised of Industrial Waste (4%), Sludge (4%),

than

Year

Residential Tons

Commercial Tons

C&D Tons

five years.

2006

9,998,672

9,882,398

5,655,773

2007

10,810,065

11,382,383

6,125,893

2008

11,367,722

10.252.316

6,469,039

2009

11,576,774

9,689,844

6,676,780

2010

11,009,577

8,942,475

4,728,725

Brush (1%), Soils (2%), and “Other Wastes (3%).

Facility Information Waste Type

Number of Landfills

Tons Disposed

Percent of Total Tons

Residential

150

11,009,577

38.44%

Commercial

128

8,942,475

31.23%

Industrial

36

87,858

0.31%

Brush

12

1,432

0.01%

Construction/Demolition

142

4,728,725

16.51%

Dump & Litter Cleanup

15

5,234

0.02%


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Per Capita Rate For 2010, the total disposal in the state was approximately 28.64 million tons. Using the state population estimate of 25,213,445, the per capita landfill disposal rate in Texas for 2010 was 6.2 pounds per person per day. That per capita rate of 6.2 pounds per person per day in 2010 is less than the 2009 rate of 7.1 pounds per person per day. 12.3% of that decrease is directly related to typical MSW, which includes both residential and commercial wastes. Although the state’s population increased 1.7% from 2009, the disposal rate decreased by 13%. TCEQ attributes the decrease to the public effort to minimize waste, education programs and recycling. In the past decade, 2007 saw the highest disposal rate at almost 7.5 pounds per person per day. The 2010 rate is a 17% decrease from 2007.

Statewide Landfill Capacity There are 190 reporting landfills in the state and the available capacity at the end of 2010 was 2.48 billion cubic yards. If there were no new MSW permits or expansion projects, it is estimated this available space would accommodate 1.7 billion tons of waste and serve the state for 60 years.

# of Disposed Landfills (in tons)

approximately MSW capacity

Population Per Capita Current CapacDisposal ity

Lifespan

Panhandle

21

514,115

420,021

6.71

41,379,267

80

Texas

190

28,637,988

25,213,445

6.22

1,722,333,910

60

The Panhandle Region has 11% of the total number of landfills in the state and disposes of 1.7% of the MSW. The Panhandle Region is ahead of the state with 80 years of landfill capacity, compared to the state’s 60 years.

Impact of Recycling Nationally, it is estimated 34% of waste is recycled. Below is a breakdown of materials recycled. 52% Paper and Cardboard 13% Metal 28% Yard Waste

Region has 80 years of

Panhandle Numbers Area

The Panhandle

8% Plastics and “Other”

with its current facilities.


Panhandle Environmental Partnership Panhandle Regional Planning Commission PO Box 9257 415 West Eighth Avenue Amarillo, Texas 79105 Phone: 806-372-3381 Fax: 806-373-3268 E-mail: ethomas@theprpc.org

e-Waste Recycling Event Contacts

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Event Facilitator: Elizabeth Thomas PRPC / PEP 806-372-3381

NE Corner Cities City of Canadian Tim Cook 806-217-0096

SW Corner Cities City of Tulia Steve Stout 806-995-3547

SE Corner Cities City of Memphis Kirby Gardenhire 806-206-3109

Central Cities City of Amarillo Trent Davis 806-378-6242

Loading Points: NW Corner Cities City of Dalhart James Stroud 806-333-4023