About the Waste Reduction Policy Act
The Waste Reduction Policy Act of 1991 was adopted by the Texas Legislature to prevent pollution in Texas. The TCEQ adopted the corresponding rule under 30 TAC 335 Subchapter Q . This act requires that certain facilities:
- prepare a five-year Pollution Prevention (P2) Plan,
- submit an Executive Summary of the P2 Plan, and
- report annually on their activities to prevent pollution.
The Pollution Prevention Plan must be updated and a new executive summary must be submitted to the TCEQ every 5 years until such time as WRPA no longer applies to the facility.
The TCEQ offers technical assistance, including several documents (available below) that help facilities with WRPA applicability, planning, and reporting requirements.
Facilities should submit their P2 Plan Executive Summaries and Annual Progress Reports to:
Pollution Prevention Team
Attn: P2 Plans MC-108
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711-3087
The P2 Annual Progress Report (APR) may also be submitted online through the State of Texas Environmental Electronic Reporting System (STEERS) during the online reporting period May 15 - July 31. You must have a STEERS account and have registered your P2 ID to submit an online APR. For more information, please see P2 Data Submission, Updating, and Availability.
The Waste Reduction Policy Act applies to:
- Large and small quantity generators of hazardous waste
- Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Form R reporters
Still not sure? Read Complying with the Pollution Prevention Planning Law (publication no. RG-209)
Preparing a Plan
The Waste Reduction Policy Act requires facilities to prepare a five-year Pollution Prevention Plan. There is no required format for the plan; however, it must contain certain elements, including:
- A list of all hazardous wastes and TRI chemicals
- The activities that generate the waste or TRI chemical
- An explanation of P2 projects
- An implementation schedule
- The measurable P2 goals
- An employee awareness program
- A P2 Plan Executive Summary (Word version) or (PDF version)
For a more comprehensive list of P2 Plan requirements please see Tables 4 and 5 (PDF) of A Guide to Pollution Prevention Planning (publication no. RG-409).
Once a Pollution Prevention Plan has been developed, a copy of the full plan should be made available at the facility and the Executive Summary, including the Certificate of Completeness and Correctness, should be submitted to the TCEQ
P2 Planning Tools
The TCEQ has worked with the Zero Waste Network to develop a tool that can help you prepare a P2 plan. This tool will take you step by step through the P2 planning process.
The P2 planner allows you to select options for preventing pollution from a list of practices that TCEQ has seen work at other facilities. You can also see what other planners are considering, or add new options for yourself. When you are finished you can print your plan.
Note: To be in full compliance, you must keep a copy of the P2 Plan on site and send a copy of the Executive Summary, with the signed Certificate of Completeness and Correctness, to the TCEQ.
You can also use the latest Guide to Pollution Prevention Planning (RG-409), to help you prepare a plan.
Annual Progress Reports
LQG's and/or TRI Form R reporters are required to prepare a P2 Annual Progress Report, which is due each year on July 1. Find out more about this report.
You can also order printed versions from TCEQ Publications.
For More Assistance
Contact the TCEQ Pollution Prevention Team by phone at 512/239-3143, fax at 512/239-5678, or by e-mail at email@example.com.