Solid Waste Newsletter - #3 - February 2011

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PANH AND LE ENVIRONMEN TAL PARTNERSH IP NEWSLETTER

 PEP Rally F EBR U ARY , 2 011

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TCEQ Hires Rural Ombudsman It is safe to say the solid waste issues in Dallas and Houston differ from those in rural, West Texas towns. While a Public Works Department in a large city may have a hundred employees who are each responsible for a small part of the solid waste process; a rural PW Department might consist of one person who is also the waste water guy and the dog catcher and a volunteer fireman in his “free” time.

Jason Robinson is the new Rural Ombudsman for the TCEQ.

It is due to these vast differences the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality determined they needed a Rural Ombudsman. Jason Robinson will call upon his 12 years of experience as the PW Director for the City of Ovilla, Texas (near Dallas) to serve as an advisor to TCEQ regarding small local governments and the effects of regulations on small local governments.

That’s a lotta Love! The US Greeting Card Association estimates 190 million Valentines Day cards are sent in the US each year. If each card weighs one ounce, that means the nation produces approximately 6,000 tons of Valentines every year. Better make it a good one guys...so your card ends up in a memory box and not the landfill. Besides...it might improve your love life!

Upcoming Training Sessions Texas Illegal Dumping Resource Center Classes

Coordinated Local Environmental Enforcement HILLSBORO- 2/3/11—Free Foreclosure and Property Enforcement BEEVILLE - 3/22/11—Free

Contact John Ockles at ockles@tidrc.org The PEP Rally Newsletter is written by Elizabeth Thomas and is available at the PRPC website on the solid waste page: www.prpc.cog.tx.us