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Texas Landfill, Composting and Recycling Information

The state of waste in Texas

There are about 195 active landfills in Texas with a capacity to handle the landfill needs of the state for the next 57 years, according to the 2012 Municipal Solid Waste Management Annual Summary.

Thanks to increased waste diversion rates in recent years, Texas was able to keep over 1.2 million tons of waste out of landfills in 2012. This diverted waste was either recycled, composted or reused.

The state also has more than two dozen landfill gas-to-energy facilities which harvest the methane gas naturally produced by rotting garbage and convert it to usable energy.

How to responsibly dispose of different types of waste

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is in charge of enforcing rules and laws pertaining to recycling and other environmental issues.

The TCEQ put together a useful guide to help Texans determine the most eco-friendly way to dispose of just about anything. Access this recycling guide here

Save money and reduce waste by composting

As much as 30% of municipal waste in the U.S. is compostable, including yard debris, food scraps and paper products. The TCEQ encourages residents to compost.

Benefits of composting:

  • It’s free organic fertilizer and soil additive
  • Reducing waste output by up to 30% could reduce the cost of your waste hauling bill

Learn more about composting:

C&D debris must go to designated C&D landfills

Construction and demolition (C&D) debris is the second most landfilled type of waste in the state. In 2012, C&D debris accounted for 17% of the waste stream, totaling more than 5.2 million tons.

C&D debris includes, but is not limited to bricks, concrete, drywall, flooring, shingles and more.

Most of these materials are recyclable if you separate it in the dumpster. For instance, keep concrete in one dumpster, wood in another, etc…

If hauling C&D debris yourself, drop it off at a permitted C&D landfill for proper recycling and disposal. These are Type IV landfills, and there are 22 of them in the state (as of 2012). Most are located in the Houston-Galveston area.

***You may get a better dumpster rental rate if you plan to source separate C&D debris because recycling debris rather than dropping it off at a landfill is a more cost-effective option for the waste hauler.

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in Texas

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.