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Files maintained by the MSW Section of the Waste Permits Division.

Municipal Solid Waste Topics

Links to pages with information on municipal solid waste management, public participation, and requirements for obtaining authorization to process or dispose of waste.

Featured Municipal Solid Waste Permit Applications: Web pages summarizing information about municipal solid waste permit applications of interest is now available on the TCEQ website. Please visit our Featured Municipal Solid Waste Permit Applications index page for links to the summaries.

 

 

Methods for Managing Municipal Solid Waste

 

Information About Existing and Proposed Municipal Solid Waste Facilities

 

Public Participation and Assistance in Municipal Solid Waste Permitting

 

Municipal Solid Waste Planning and Reporting

 

Application Forms and Information for Owners and Operators of Municipal Solid Waste Processing and Disposal Facilities

New Information Please submit a Correspondence Cover Sheet (Form TCEQ-20714) Adobe Acrobat PDF Document with all Municipal Solid Waste applications and reports.

 

Closed Landfills

 

Municipal Solid Waste Rules

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Wastes That May Be Accepted at Municipal Solid Waste Facilities

An overview of the types of solid wastes that may be accepted at municipal solid waste processing and disposal facilities.

 

A municipal solid waste (MSW) facility may accept various types of municipal solid waste for processing or disposal, depending on the type of facility. An MSW facility may also accept certain special wastes and nonhazardous industrial solid wastes if approved by the TCEQ executive director.

 

Definition of Solid Waste

Solid waste includes garbage, rubbish, refuse, sludge from a wastewater treatment plant, water supply treatment plant, or air pollution control facility, and other discarded material, including solid, liquid, semisolid, or contained gaseous material resulting from industrial, municipal, commercial, mining, and agricultural operations and from community and institutional activities.

Solid waste does not include:

  • Soil, dirt, rock, sand, and other inert solid materials, whether natural or of human origin, used to fill land are not classified as waste if the object of the fill is to make the land suitable for the construction of surface improvements.
  • Waste materials that result from activities associated with the exploration, development, or production of oil or gas or geothermal resources, or other substance or material regulated by the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC). An RRC-regulated waste is considered a special waste if it is to be processed, treated, or disposed of at an MSW facility.

More information about solid waste is available in the rules in 30 TAC 330.3 Exit the TCEQ.

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Requirement to Classify Solid Waste

If you generate a solid waste you are required to classify the waste. Use this tool to aid in waste classification.

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Types of Solid Waste

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste includes any solid waste identified or listed as hazardous by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Municipal Solid Waste

Municipal solid waste is solid waste resulting from, or incidental to, municipal, community, commercial, institutional, and recreational activities; it includes garbage, rubbish, ashes, street cleanings, dead animals, medical waste, and all other nonindustrial solid waste. (30 TAC 330.3) Exit the TCEQ

Municipal solid waste includes electronic waste from municipal, commercial, and institutional sources (including X-ray and other radiation-producing equipment). The following links offer additional information about these materials:

Industrial Solid Waste

Industrial solid waste is solid waste resulting from or incidental to any process of industry, manufacturing, mining, or agricultural operations. Industrial solid waste is classified as either hazardous or nonhazardous.

Hazardous industrial waste includes any industrial solid waste or combination of industrial solid wastes identified or listed as a hazardous waste. (30 TAC 335.1) Exit the TCEQ.

Nonhazardous industrial waste is an industrial solid waste that is not identified or listed as a hazardous waste. If you generate nonhazardous industrial solid waste you must further classify the waste [30 TAC 335.503(a)(4)] Exit the TCEQ:

  • Class 1 waste: Any industrial solid waste or mixture of industrial solid wastes that—because of its concentration, or physical or chemical characteristics
    • is toxic, corrosive, or flammable
    • is a strong sensitizer or irritant
    • is a generator of sudden pressure by decomposition, heat, or other means
    • may pose a substantial present or potential danger to human health or the environment when improperly processed, stored, transported, or disposed of or otherwise managed.
  • Class 2 waste: Any individual solid waste or combination of industrial solid wastes that are not described as Hazardous, Class 1, or Class 3.
  • Class 3 waste: Inert and essentially insoluble industrial solid waste, usually including, but not limited to, materials such as rock, brick, glass, dirt, and certain plastics and rubber, etc., that are not readily decomposable.

Rules for these wastes are: Class 1: 30 TAC 335.505 Exit the TCEQ, Class 2: 30 TAC 335.506 Exit the TCEQ, Class 3: 30 TAC 335.507 Exit the TCEQ.

Special Waste

Special waste includes any solid waste or combination of solid wastes that—because of its quantity, concentration, physical or chemical characteristics, or biological properties—requires special handling and disposal to protect human health or the environment.

 

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Types of MSW Facilities and Wastes Accepted

Types of MSW Facilities

MSW facilities that may accept waste for processing and disposal include landfills (Type I, IAE, IV, and IVAE facilities) and processing facilities (Type V facilities). (30 TAC 330.5) Exit the TCEQ.

Types of Wastes Accepted

The types of waste that potentially may be accepted by MSW landfill facilities are summarized in this table Adobe
Acrobat PDF Document. The wastes that can actually be accepted by a particular facility depend on the provisions of that facility’s authorization.

Some facilities may accept special waste according to the provisions of 30 TAC 330.171 Exit the TCEQ (Disposal of Special Wastes) and 330.173 Exit the TCEQ (Disposal of Industrial Wastes). Hazardous wastes and nonhazardous industrial wastes that cannot be accepted at an MSW facility must be treated, stored, or disposed of in accordance with hazardous and industrial waste requirements.

A note about electronic wastes: Televisions and computer monitors, when disposed of, may be classified as hazardous waste. The preferred method of managing used electronics from all sources is recycling. Households can legally dispose of used electronics in the regular trash; however, a business or other organization that disposes of electronic equipment must comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

Prohibited Wastes

You may not dispose of the following wastes in any MSW facility [30 TAC 330.15(e)]Exit the TCEQ:

  • Lead-acid storage batteries
  • Do-it-yourself used motor-vehicle oil
  • Used oil filters from internal combustion engines
  • Whole used or scrap tires
  • Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and any other items containing any chlorinated fluorocarbon (the items must be handled in accordance with 40 CFR Part 82, 82.156(f), Exit the TCEQ as amended)
  • Liquid waste [except as allowed in 30 TAC 330.15(e)(6)] Exit the TCEQ
  • Regulated hazardous waste
  • Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) wastes (30 TAC 330.3) Exit the TCEQ
  • Radioactive materials [except as authorized in 30 TAC Chapter 336, Subchapter C, Exit the TCEQ or that are subject to an exemption from the Department of State Health Services]

 

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For More Information

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Municipal Solid Waste - Contact Us If You Have Questions

Contact information for staff in the Municipal Solid Waste Permits section of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Please contact us if you have questions about:

  • Municipal solid waste transfer, processing, storage, or disposal
  • Grease or grit trap or other municipal liquid waste transfer, processing, or disposal
  • Nonhazardous industrial solid waste disposal
  • Medical waste transfer, offsite treatment, or disposal
  • Landfill gas recovery
  • Recycling or composting municipal solid or liquid waste

 

E-mail: mswper@tceq.texas.gov

Telephone: 512/239-2335

Fax: 512/239-2007

 

U.S. Mail:
Municipal Solid Waste Permits Section, MC 124
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, Texas 78711-3087

 

Express Mail:
Municipal Solid Waste Permits Section, MC 124
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Building A, Room 122
12100 Park 35 Circle
Austin, Texas 78753-1808

 

Physical Address for Hand Deliveries:
Municipal Solid Waste Permits Section
Building F
TCEQ
12015 Park 35 Circle
Austin, TX 78753

Municipal Liquid Waste Processing

Requirements for facilities that process or treat sludge or liquid wastes in Texas. Links to relevant forms and guidance.

Overview

If you accept municipal liquid waste for processing, you must notify the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and obtain a permit or registration unless the activity is conducted at a permitted landfill.

Permit or Registration for Fixed Processing Facility

Operations Requiring a Registration

An MSW processing facility that processes only grease trap waste, grit trap waste from commercial car washes, or septage or a combination of these wastes may do so under a registration according to Title 30 Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC), Chapter 330, Section (§) 330.9(g) Exit the TCEQ, if any of the following conditions are met:

  • The facility attains a 10 percent recovery of material for beneficial use from the incoming waste
  • The processing facility is located within the permit boundaries of a commission-permitted Type I landfill
  • The processing facility is located at a manned public wastewater treatment facility permitted to discharge at least one million gallons per day

Facilities meeting any of these exemptions may obtain a registration by following the procedures in §§330.57–330.73 Exit the TCEQ and meeting the operational criteria and design criteria established in Chapter 330, Subchapter E Exit the TCEQ.

Operations Requiring a Permit

All other fixed liquid waste processing facilities must apply for a permit under 30 TAC §330.57 Exit the TCEQ.

Registration for Mobile Processing Unit

Under 30 TAC §330.9(h) Exit the TCEQ, a registration is required for a mobile liquid waste processing unit that processes grease trap waste, grit trap waste from commercial car washes, or septage or a combination of these wastes. Mobile liquid waste processing units must obtain a registration by following the applicable procedures in §330.9(h) Exit the TCEQ and §§330.57–330.65 Exit the TCEQ and meeting the operational criteria and design criteria in Chapter 330, Subchapter E Exit the TCEQ.

Processing at a Permitted Landfill

Under 30 TAC §330.11(d) Exit the TCEQ, a separate permit is not required for the storage or processing of grease trap waste, grit trap waste, or septage that contains free liquids if the waste is treated or processed at a permitted Type I MSW landfill, provided the landfill facility complies with the notification requirements of §330.11 (a)-(c) Exit the TCEQ. The notification requirement may be satisfied by submitting a permit modification, with notice, following the procedures in §305.70(e) Exit the TCEQ. The permit modification should address the applicable rules in §330.63 Exit the TCEQ, §330.65 Exit the TCEQ, and Chapter 330, Subchapter E Exit the TCEQ (such as waste acceptance, waste management unit design, unit closure, and unit operating procedures).

Registration for Experimental Processing Facilities

Under 30 TAC §330.9(i) Exit the TCEQ, a permit is not required for an MSW Type VI facility that demonstrates new management methods for processing or handling grease trap waste, grit trap waste from car washes, or septage or a combination of these three liquid wastes. Facilities meeting this exemption must obtain a registration by following the procedures in §330.57–§330.73 Exit the TCEQ and meeting the operational criteria and design criteria established in Chapter 330, Subchapter E Exit the TCEQ.

Applying for a Registration or Permit

To apply for a registration or permit for a municipal liquid waste processing facility:

For More Information

Contact us if you have questions about municipal liquid waste processing.

Municipal Solid Waste Groundwater Monitoring and Corrective Action

Links to rules, forms, and information on groundwater monitoring and corrective action at municipal solid waste facilities.

 

Rules for Groundwater Monitoring and Corrective Action

 

Monitoring Systems, Wells, and Piezometers

 

Data Evaluation and Reporting

 

Corrective Action

 

For More Information

Contact us if you have questions about municipal solid waste groundwater monitoring and corrective action.

 

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Composting and Mulching: Am I Regulated?

Requirements for composting or mulching source-separated materials, and materials diverted from a municipal solid waste stream. Links to guidance and forms.

 

 

Types of Composting and Mulching Operations

If you compost, mulch, or land-apply, or accept for composting, mulching, or land-application only source-separated yard-trimmings, clean wood material, vegetative material, paper, and manure, your operation will be exempt from permit, registration, and notification requirements, provided it complies with Title 30 Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC) Chapter 332, Section (§) 332.3(d) Exit the TCEQ (relating to Composting, Applicability). Other operations will require a notification, registration, or permit, depending on the material being processed and the location of the operation.

If your composting or mulching operation involves storing combustible material outdoors or poses a significant risk to public health and safety, you may also be required to establish financial assurance for closure of the facility.

If your facility is located in Bexar County, and will store combustible material, please read about additional requirements for facilities in Bexar County, that became effective September 10, 2009.

 

Exempt Composting and Mulching Operations

The following activities are exempt from the TCEQ compost permit, registration, and notification requirements by 30 TAC §332.3(d) Exit the TCEQ:

  • Composting of source-separated yard trimmings, clean wood material, vegetative material (defined in 30 TAC §332.2 Exit the TCEQ), paper, and manure
  • Composting of agricultural materials generated and composted on agricultural sites
  • Mulching
  • Land application of yard trimmings, clean wood materials, vegetative materials, and manure at rates below or equal to agronomic rates as determined by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service
  • Application of paper as an erosion control or soil amendment
  • On-site composting of nonhazardous industrial waste at a facility that is in compliance with 30 TAC §335.2 Exit the TCEQ (relating to Permit Required) and §335.6(a) Exit the TCEQ (relating to Notification Requirements)

provided that the operation complies with:

  • General requirements in 30 TAC §332.4 Exit the TCEQ, and
  • Air quality requirements in 30 TAC §332.8 Exit the TCEQ

However, exempt operations that compost or mulch yard-trimmings, clean wood material, vegetative material, paper, or manure must do the following in addition to complying with the general requirements and air quality requirements listed above:

See also information for all composting and mulching operations.

 

Composting and Mulching Operations Requiring a Notification

You will need to submit a compost notification to the TCEQ in accordance with 30 TAC Chapter 332, Subchapter A, §332.3(c) Exit the TCEQ, and Chapter 332, Subchapter B Exit the TCEQ, if you compost any of the following materials:

  • Source-separated meat, fish, dead animal carcasses, or dairy materials
  • Source-separated meat and vegetable oils and greases

using the forms for notification-tier compost facilities.

If your notification-tier operation involves storing combustible material outdoors or poses a significant risk to public health and safety, you will also need to establish financial assurance for closure, unless your facility is excluded by 30 TAC §328.5(a) Exit the TCEQ.

See also information for all composting and mulching operations.

 

Compost Operations Requiring a Registration

You will need to obtain a compost registration from the TCEQ, as required by 30 TAC §332.3(b) Exit the TCEQ if you compost any of the following materials:

  • Municipal sewage sludge (exception: operations that compost municipal sewage sludge mixed with municipal solid waste require a permit)
  • Positively sorted organic materials (defined in 30 TAC §332.2 Exit the TCEQ) in addition to those feedstocks at the exempt tier
  • Disposable diapers
  • Paper sludges (evaluated on a case-by-case basis)

To apply for a compost registration, you must submit an application in accordance with 30 TAC Chapter 332, Subchapter C Exit the TCEQ and Subchapter G Exit the TCEQ, and the forms for composting operations requiring a permit or registration.

In addition, the compost produced must comply with end-product standards.

If your registered composting or mulching operation involves storing combustible material outdoors or poses a significant risk to public health and safety, you may also be required to establish financial assurance for closure of the facility.

See also information for all composting and mulching operations.

 

Compost Operations Requiring a Permit

You will need to obtain a compost permit from the TCEQ as required by 30 TAC §332.3(a) Exit the TCEQ if you compost any of the following materials:

  • Grease-trap wastes
  • Mixed municipal solid waste that is not positively sorted

To apply for a compost permit, you must submit an application in accordance with 30 TAC Chapter 330, §330.1(d) Exit the TCEQ, and Chapter 332, Subchapters D, E, F, and G Exit the TCEQ, and include the forms for composting operations requiring a permit or registration.

In addition, the compost produced must comply with end-product standards.

See also information for all composting and mulching operations.

 

Compost End-Product Standards

Registered compost facilities must comply with the end-product standards referenced in 30 TAC §332.37(11) Exit the TCEQ, and permitted compost facilities must comply with the end-product standards referenced in 30 TAC §332.45(11) Exit the TCEQ. Registered compost facilities must submit reports semiannually; permitted compost facilities must submit reports monthly.

  • Requirements for sampling and analysis, documentation, and reporting of final product characteristics (30 TAC §332.71 Exit the TCEQ)

    A note about exemption from TCEQ laboratory accreditation: All data submitted to the TCEQ after July 1, 2008, must be prepared by a laboratory accredited by the TCEQ unless the program area determines that an exemption applies under 30 TAC §25.6(4) Exit the TCEQ. The Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Permits Section has determined that MSW composting facilities may use analytical data prepared by a laboratory certified under the U.S. Composting Council Seal of Testing Assurance (STA) Program, using the Test Methods for the Examination of Composting and Compost (TMECC) protocols, to demonstrate compliance with end-product standards specified in 30 TAC Chapter 332. Compost end-product testing, including testing for heavy metals using EPA test methods may be performed by laboratories that certify compliance with STA program rules in lieu of accreditation by the TCEQ.

  • Final Product Report for Registered or Permitted Composting Facilities

 

Financial Assurance Requirements for Composting and Mulching Facilities

If you store combustible material outdoors or your composting or mulching operation poses a significant risk to public health and safety, you are required to establish financial assurance in accordance with 30 TAC § 328.5(c)–(e) Exit the TCEQ for notification-tier facilities (unless excluded by 30 TAC § 328.5(a) Exit the TCEQ), registration-tier facilities, and certain exempt facilities, or in accordance with 30 TAC §332.47(9) Exit the TCEQ for permitted facilities. The following documents provide additional information:

 

Information for All Composting and Mulching Facilities

Rules

The composting rules address composting, mulching and land application, and the beneficial reuse of nonhazardous organic materials. It is anticipated that the majority of composted materials will be diverted from the municipal waste stream; however, the rules also address agricultural materials, sludge, and other organic materials diverted from the industrial waste stream. In addition, composting and mulching are recycling activities, therefore, composting and mulching facilities are also recycling facilities and must comply with applicable storage, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements for recycling facilities.

All composting and mulching facilities are required to follow the general requirements in 30 TAC §332.4 Exit the TCEQ and the air quality requirements in §332.8 Exit the TCEQ, which include compliance with all applicable state and federal laws. All activities must be conducted in a manner that prevents the discharge of material to or pollution of surface water or groundwater, the creation of a nuisance, or the endangerment of the public health and welfare, or the environment.

 

Other Permits Required

  • Air Quality Permit

    In accordance with 30 TAC §332.8 Exit the TCEQ, qualifying composting and mulching facilities may pursue an air quality standard permit instead of a site-specific air quality permit.

  • Water Quality Permit

    The discharge of wastewater and certain types of storm water into or adjacent to water in the state must be authorized by a water quality permit. In particular, a water quality permit is required for wastewater discharges from livestock manure composting operations.

 

Composting Refund

The operator of a municipal solid waste facility with an approved composting plan may be eligible for a refund of up to 20 percent of the solid waste fees collected by the facility.

 

Composting Forms

  • Correspondence Cover Sheet (Form TCEQ-20714) Adobe Acrobat PDF DocumentNew Information
    (include with all Municipal Solid Waste applications and reports
  • Forms for Certain Exempt Composting and Mulching Facilities
    • Submit Notice of Intent (NOI) to Operate a Recycling Facility online using e-Permits/Registration option in State of Texas Environmental Electronic Reporting System (STEERS)
      • STEERS Login Page
        (Applicants will need to create a STEERS account to complete the form online. For questions regarding the creation of a STEERS account, please contact the STEERS Program Area at 512-239-6925 or steers@tceq.texas.gov.)
    • Submit Notice of Intent to Operate a Recycling Facility on paper forms by mail
  • Forms for Notification-Tier Compost Facilities
    • Submit Notice of Intent to Operate a Compost Facility on paper forms by mail
  • Forms for Composting Operations Requiring a Permit or Registration
    • Submit Notice of Intent to Apply for a Compost Facility Permit or Registration on paper forms by mail
  • Final Product Report for Registered or Permitted Composting Facilities (Form TCEQ-20194)

     

    For More Information

    Contact us if you have questions about composting or mulching material from a municipal solid waste stream.

    Search the TCEQ Publications Catalog for documents relating to composting.

    Search the TCEQ Publications Catalog for documents relating to mulching.

Requirements for Mulching and Composting Facilities in Bexar County

Information for owners and operators of non-permitted and non-registered municipal solid waste recyclers in Bexar County that store combustible material for producing mulch or compost.

Overview

On September 10, 2008, the commission adopted amendments to the rules regarding Limitations on Storage of Recyclable Materials in Title 30 Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC), Section (§) 328.4 Exit the TCEQ to implement House Bill 2541 Exit the TCEQ (80th Texas Legislature, Regular Session). HB 2541 amended Chapter 361 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, adding Section 361.1191 Exit the TCEQ which directed the commission to establish certain limitations on facilities that store combustible materials in counties that meet certain criteria. Bexar County meets those criteria.

The rulemaking added 30 TAC §328.4(g), establishing requirements for non-permitted and non-registered municipal solid waste recyclers that store combustible material for producing mulch or compost. The new requirements prescribe time limits for processing and removing combustible materials from the facility; limit the amount of combustible materials stored; limit the size of piles; require fire lanes; require buffer zones from the facility boundary; and establish more stringent standards for these same facilities that are located on the recharge or transition zone of a sole-source aquifer.

The new requirements became effective on September 10, 2009, the first anniversary of the date the rules were adopted. Potentially affected owners and operators were required to submit a new or revised Notice of Intent to Operate a Recycling Facility by September 10, 2009.

Forms

For More information

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Composting Refund

Describes program allowing operators of MSW landfills in Texas to receive rebates of a portion of state fees collected if they file an approved composting plan with the TCEQ.

As provided by the Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 361, Section 361.0135 and Title 30 Texas Adminstrative Code, Chapter 330, Section 330.677, the operator of a public or privately owned municipal solid waste facility may be eligible for a refund of up to 20 percent of the solid waste fees collected by the facility. To be eligible for the refund, the operator of the facility must submit a composting plan to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and receive written approval of the plan.

Contact us if you have questions about composting material from a municipal solid waste stream.

Recycling: Am I Regulated?

Storage limits, and recordkeeping and reporting requirements for Texas operations that recycle materials diverted from municipal solid waste streams.

 

Overview of Requirements for Recycling Materials from Municipal Sources

Recycling Source-Separated Materials from Municipal Sources

If you receive, process, and return to use only nonputrescible, source-separated recyclable materials diverted from a municipal solid waste stream, your recycling facility will be exempt from permitting and registration requirements provided you comply with general requirements and with certain storage, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements. Examples of common source-separated recyclable materials include cardboard, paper, glass, plastic, aluminum, and metals that are separated from the solid waste stream at the point of generation.

Recycling Materials Recovered from a Municipal Solid Waste Stream

Facilities that separate recyclable materials from a municipal solid waste stream must be permitted or registered as a municipal solid waste processing facility in accordance with 30 TAC Chapter 330, Section (§) 330.7 Exit the TCEQ or §330.9 Exit the TCEQ.

Recycling Source-Separated Materials from Industrial Sources

A recycling facility that manages materials diverted from a municipal solid waste stream may also manage source-separated nonhazardous recyclable materials from industrial sources, provided it complies with additional reporting requirements for nonhazardous industrial materials.

Electronic Equipment

If you want to recycle discarded electronic equipment, please see our additional information about recycling computers, televisions, and other electronics.

Combustible Materials

If your recycling operation involves storing combustible material outdoors or poses a significant risk to public health and safety, you may be required to establish financial assurance.

If your recycling facility is located in Bexar County, and will store combustible material for producing mulch or compost, please read this important information about additional requirements for facilities in Bexar County, effective September 10, 2009.

Incidental Waste

Recycling facilities must limit non-recyclable waste to “incidental amounts” (no more than 10 percent per incoming load, and no more than 5 percent of all materials received by a facility in a 6-month period) to continue to qualify for exemption from solid waste permit and registration requirements. However, 30 TAC Chapter 328, §328.2(2) Exit the TCEQ allows certain non-recyclable materials to be accepted without counting toward these limits, including nonrecyclable components of manufactured products, such as automobiles, appliances, or other items that require dismantling, grinding, or some other process that is not practical at the point of generation to separate recyclable and non-recyclable materials; source-separated recyclable material that has been broken or damaged during collection, unloading, and sorting, and is no longer recyclable, such as broken glass from a public collection program; “tramp materials” that commonly accompany recyclable materials, such as glass from recyclable metal windows, nails and roofing felt attached to recyclable shingles, nails and sheetrock attached to recyclable lumber from a demolition site; and pallets and packaging materials.

 

Rules

 

General Requirements for All Facilities, Including Exempt Facilities

Under 30 TAC §330.11(e) Exit the TCEQ, a facility that is used as a collection and processing point for only nonputrescible source-separated recyclable material is exempt from municipal solid waste permitting and registration requirements. Facilities that are owned or operated by a government or government agency or which meet the terms of certain exclusions in 30 TAC §328.4(a) Exit the TCEQ and §328.5(a) Exit the TCEQ are also exempt from municipal solid waste permitting and registration requirements. All recycling facilities, including exempt facilities must comply with the general requirements.

  • Rule identifying General requirements for all recycling facilities – 30 TAC §328.3 Exit the TCEQ

 

Storage, Reporting, and Recordkeeping Requirements for Non-Exempt Facilities

Facilities that are not exempt must comply with the general requirements describe above, and with the following requirements regarding storage, reporting, and recordkeeping.

Storage

  • Rule regarding limitations on storage of recyclable materials – 30 TAC §328.4 Exit the TCEQ

Highlights of the rule:

  • Only source separated, non-putrescible recyclable materials may be accumulated or stored
  • Incoming material being processed or sorted into marketable fractions must be shipped out on a schedule that prevents accumulation on site over an extended period of time
  • Nonrecyclable and nonmarketable materials must be disposed of properly
  • 25 percent of materials accumulated or stored 90 days from commencement of facility operation must be recycled or transferred to a different site for recycling, within 270 days from commencement of operation
  • During any subsequent six-month period, at least 50 percent of materials accumulated or stored within that period must have been recycled or transferred to a different site for recycling

Reporting

The reporting requirements include the following:

  • Submitting and updating forms
  • Establishing a fire prevention and suppression plan, if managing combustible materials
    (The fire prevention and suppression plan shall be made available to the local fire prevention authority having jurisdiction over the facility for review and coordination.)
  • Establishing financial assurance, if storing combustible materials outdoors

Recordkeeping

Owners and operators of recycling facilities that are not exempt must keep records and make them available upon request to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality or to local governments with territorial or extra-territorial jurisdiction over the property on which the facility is located.

The recordkeeping requirements include the following:

 

Additional Reporting Requirements for Nonhazardous Materials from Industrial Sources

If you recycle source-separated nonhazardous recyclable materials from industrial sources, you should read the following information and complete the applicable forms.

Facilities that manage recyclable hazardous material from industrial sources must comply with applicable industrial solid waste and municipal hazardous waste requirements.

 

Recycling Electronic Equipment

If you want to recycle discarded electronic equipment, please see our additional information about recycling computers, televisions, and other electronics.

 

Financial Assurance Requirements for Recycling Facilities

If you store combustible material outdoors or your operation poses a significant risk to public health and safety, you are required by 30 TAC §328.5(d) Exit the TCEQ to establish financial assurance unless your facility is excluded by §328.5(a) Exit the TCEQ. The following documents provide additional information:

If your recycling facility is located in Bexar County, and will store combustible material for producing mulch or compost, please read this important information about additional requirements for facilities in Bexar County, effective September 10, 2009.

 

Forms

 

For More Information

Contact us if you have questions about recycling materials from the municipal solid waste stream.

Search the TCEQ Publications Catalog for documents relating to recycling.

Municipal Solid Waste Applications Posted on the Internet

Listings of municipal solid waste permit, registration, and modification applications posted by applicants on the Internet as required by 30 TAC Chapter 330, Subsection 330.57(i).

Introduction

Municipal solid waste facility owners and operators have posted copies of applications that are pending before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on publicly accessible websites, as required by rule. The TCEQ in turn posts the links to the applications on the TCEQ website. In the following tables, links to applications on applicants' websites are provided in the column labeled "Application." The columns labeled "Facility Information" and "MSW No. and Related Information" provide links to information in TCEQ databases, using the TCEQ Central Registry Query tool.

Tables of Pending Applications:

Tables of Pending Applications

Table 1. New Permits, Registrations, and Amendments.
ApplicantFacility (Regulated Entity) InformationApplication
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MSW No.
(links to related information
130 Environmental Park, LLC 130 Environmental Park Type I Landfill 2383
130 Environmental Park, LLC 130 Environmental Park Transfer Station Registration Transfer Station 40269
City of Crockett City of Crockett Solid Waste Transfer Station Type V Registration Transfer Station 40278
City of Farmers Branch Camelot Sanitary Landfill Major Amendment 1312B
City of Laredo City of Laredo Landfill Major Amendment 1693B
City of Weimar City of Weimar Transfer Station Type v Registration 40282
Desarrollo del Rancho La Gloria TX, LP La Gloria Ranch Landfill Limited Scope Permit Amendment 2348
Excel Waste Partners, LLC Excel Medical Waste New Registration Medical Waste Processing Facility 40273
Galveston County Landfill, L.P. Galveston County Landfill Major Amendment 1149B
Grease Safe Dallas, LLC Grease Safe Dallas, LLC New Registration 43035
IESI TX Landfill LP IESI Fort Worth C&D Landfill Major Amendment 1983C
IESI TX Landfill LP IESI Travis County Landfill Major Amendment 1841A
Itasca Landfill TX, LP Itasca Landfill Limited Scope Major Amendment 241D
Lewisville Landfill TX, LP Lewisville Landfill Limited Scope Major Amendment 1749B
Liquitek, LLC Liquitek Arlington Liquid Waste Facility Limited Scope Major Amendment 2379
Piney Woods Sanitation, Inc. Piney Woods Sanitation, Inc. New Registration Type V Transfer Station 40276
Pintail Landfill, LLC Pintail Landfill Type I New Permit 2377
Post Oak Clean Green, Inc Post Oak Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Type I New Permit 2378
Rancho Viejo Waste Management, LLC Pescadito Environmental Resource Center Type I&V New Permit 2374
RedAway, LLC RedAway Medical Waste Treatment Facility Registration Medical Waste Treatment Facility 40272
R & J Recycling and Disposal R & J Transfer Station New Registration Type V Transfer Station 40275
Southwaste Disposal LLC Southwaste Disposal Hurst Facility Type V GG Liquid Waste Processing Facility 2241B
Stericycle, Inc. Stericycle Lubbock Facility Type V Registration for Medical Waste Processing Facility 40279
Tannahill Transfer, Inc Holmes Road Type V Transfer Station New Registration Type V Transfer Station 40274
Tri State Recycling Tri State Recycling Type V Registration for Transfer Station 40271
USA Waste of Texas Landfills, INC. Fairbanks Landfill Permit Major Amendment 1565B
U.S. Department of the Army Fort Hood Biotreatment Facility New Registration Type V Processing Facility 42040
Waste Management of Texas, INC New Boston Landfill Permit Major Amendment 576C
Waste Management of Texas, INC Skyline Landfill Permit Major Amendment 42D

 

Table 2. Notice Modifications.
Owner or
Operator
Facility (Regulated Entity) InformationApplication
Exit the TCEQ
MSW No.
(links to related information)
City of Dumas City of Dumas Landfill Alternative Daily Cover 2279
City of Farmers Branch Camelot Landfill Slurry Wall and MW Installation 1312A
City of Farmers Branch Camelot Landfill Leachate Removal Well Installations 1312A
City of Farmers Branch Camelot Landfill Temporary Dewatering System Revision 1312A
Covel Gardens Landfill Covel Gardens Landfill Oil and Gas Waste Facility revision 2093B
KIPP San Antonio, Inc. KIPP San Antonio, Inc Permit Transfer 62007
Pleasant Oaks Landfill TX, LP Pleasant Oaks Landfill Liquid Waste Bulking Facility Operating Plan 797B
Southwaste Disposal, LLC Southwaste Disposal Hurst Facility Odor Control Improvements 2241A
Texas Disposal Systems Landfill, Inc. Texas Disposal Systems Landfill GW Monitoring System Design, Leachate Management, and Other 2123
U.S. Army Fort Bliss USAADACENFB FORT BLISS Alternative Final Cover 1422
Waste Corporation of Texas, L.P. Tall Pines Landfill Site Entrance Locations 2304

Requirements for Posting on the Internet

Municipal solid waste rules require municipal solid waste facility owners or operators to post on a publicly accessible Web site a complete copy of any application that requires public notice. The requirement does not apply to applications regarding Type IAE and Type IVAE landfill facilities.

For the related rules, see Title 30 Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC), Chapter 330, Section (§) 330.57Exit the TCEQ, Subsection (i). Type IAE and Type IVAE facilities are described in 30 TAC §330.5Exit the TCEQ, Subsections (a) and (b).

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Information for Municipal Liquid Waste Generators

Requirements and relevant information for anyone who must dispose of domestic septage, grease trap waste, grit trap waste, or other sludge wastes in Texas.

Overview

If you generate liquid waste from municipal sources, you need to be aware of proper methods of transporting, processing (including transfer), and disposal.

Liquid waste from municipal sources includes grit trap waste, grease trap waste, septic tank pumpings, domestic septage, chemical toilet waste, municipal wastewater treatment plant sludge, other types of domestic sewage treatment plant sludge, and water-supply treatment plant sludge.

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Municipal Solid Waste Facility Closure and Post-Closure Care

Information relating to municipal solid waste facility closure and post-closure care.

 

Rules

 

Forms

 

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Use of Land Over Closed Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

Information, rules and forms for the use of land at closed MSW landfills and those in post-closure care.

 

Municipal Landfills in Post-Closure Care

Use of land over a permitted municipal solid waste landfill (MSW) facility that is closed, but currently in post-closure care is regulated under the rules in 30 TAC Chapter 330, Section (§) 330.954(c) Exit the TCEQ.

 

All Other Closed Municipal Landfills

Use of land over any other type of closed MSW landfill (including permitted municipal solid waste landfills that are no longer in post-closure care, closed landfills that were developed before permitting requirements, and closed, unauthorized landfills) is regulated if the use involves a structure that would disturb the cover. The requirements for the use depend on whether the structure is enclosed or non-enclosed, as described in the following paragraphs.

 

Enclosed Structures

Owners of enclosed structures developed prior to September 1, 1993, over deposited waste are required to obtain a registration following the requirements in 30 TAC §330.954(d) Exit the TCEQ.

A person proposing to develop an enclosed structure after September 1, 1993, over deposited waste must obtain a permit following the requirements in 30 TAC §330.954(a) Exit the TCEQ.

 

Non-Enclosed Structures and Other Disturbances of Final Cover

A person proposing any other activity or development (including borings, fenceposts, piers, foundations, recreational facilities, etc.) that would disturb the final cover of a closed municipal solid waste landfill must have prior written approval from the executive director of the TCEQ, in accordance with 30 TAC §330.954(e) Exit the TCEQ.

 

Rules

 

Application Forms and Guidance

 

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Templates for Preparing Municipal Solid Waste Alternative Language Notices in Spanish

Example templates in Spanish for Notice of Receipt and Intent, and Notice of Application and Preliminary Decision

If you are pursuing an application for a municipal solid waste permit or registration, you will need to determine if the requirement for newspaper notices in an alternative language applies. If the requirement applies, you will need to prepare notices in English and in the alternative language(s).

 

Templates

Notice templates translated into Spanish are available for the following types of notices for municipal solid waste permits and registrations.

 

Complete Application for New Permit or Registration, or Permit Amendment

Use these templates for a complete application pursuant to 30 TAC § 330.57(a) or (b) Exit the TCEQ:

  • Notice of Receipt and Intent (NORI)
  • Notice of Application and Preliminary Decision (NAPD)

 

Land-Use Only Application for New Permit or Permit Amendment

Use these templates for a "land-use only" determination pursuant to 30 TAC § 330.57(a) Exit the TCEQ:

  • Notice of Receipt and Intent (NORI)
  • Notice of Application and Preliminary Decision (NAPD)

 

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Municipal Solid Waste Financial Assurance Requirements

Links to rules describing the requirements for finanacial assurance for Municipal Solid Waste facilities.

Rules and Information

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Municipal Liquid Waste Disposal

Requirements that must be met for the landfill disposal of sludge wastes in Texas. Links to related information.

Overview

Sludges, grease trap waste, grit trap waste, and other liquid wastes from municipal sources generally must be processed before disposal. The liquid portion may be discharged to an authorized wastewater treatment facility in accordance with applicable rules and any additional requirements set forth by the treatment facility.

Waste solids produced by a municipal liquid waste processing facility can be accepted for disposal at a Type I municipal solid waste landfill if the material has been tested and certified to contain no free liquids.

Some municipal liquid wastes may be composted, or recycled, or applied to the land for beneficial use.

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Guidance Documents for Municipal Solid Waste

Lists of guidance documents presented on various municipal solid waste topic pages.

Apply for or Modify a Municipal Solid Waste Authorization

Links to pages explaining requirements for permits, registrations, and other authorizatons related to the management of municipal solid waste.

 

Application Forms and Information for Municipal Solid Waste Facilities

 

 

Forms and Information for Landfill Types I, IAE, IV, and IVAE

 

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Forms for Nuisance and Abandoned Building Landfills ("Monofills")

 

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Forms and Information for Solid Waste Transfer Stations

 

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Forms and Information for Medical Waste Transfer Stations and Processing Facilities

 

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Forms for Low-Volume Transfer Stations and Citizens' Collection Stations

 

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Forms and Information for Liquid Waste Transfer Stations and Processing Facilities

 

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Forms and Information for Recycling Facilities Requiring a Permit or Registration

 

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Forms for Landfill Gas to Energy Facilities

 

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Forms and Information for Transferring a Permit or Registration

 

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Municipal Solid Waste Notice Requirements for Groundwater Public Meetings

Instructions and forms for public meetings regarding groundwater corrective measures assessments for municipal solid waste facilities.

 

Background Information

Title 30 Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC), Chapter 330, Section (§) 330.411 Exit the TCEQ (relating to Assessment of Corrective Measures) requires the owner or operator of a municipal solid waste (MSW) facility that has detected groundwater contamination to discuss the results of a corrective measures assessment in a public meeting with interested and affected parties, prior to the selection of a remedy pursuant to §330.413 Exit the TCEQ. The owner or operator of the facility must arrange for the meeting and provide notice in accordance with the provisions of 30 TAC Chapter 39, §39.501(e)(3) Exit the TCEQ (relating to Public Notice of Solid Waste Applications).

The owner or operator preparing to conduct a groundwater public meeting should provide the text of the public notice to the MSW Permits Section for inspection before mailing or publishing the notice. Information on organizing a public meeting may be obtained from the TCEQ Office of Public Interest Counsel.

Mailed Notice

The owner or operator of the facility must mail notice of the meeting no earlier than 45 days and no later than 30 days before the meeting. Within 30 days after the date of mailing, the owner or operator must file an affidavit of mailed notice Adobe Acrobat PDF Document with the MSW Permits Section certifying compliance with the mailed notice requirements.

Notice is to be mailed to:

  1. All adjacent and potentially affected landowners within 500 feet of the facility;

  2. The Executive Director of the TCEQ, the applicable TCEQ regional office, and all local government officials who were to be notified in accordance with 30 TAC §330.409(g) Exit the TCEQ of the exceedance of a groundwater protection standard;

  3. All persons who own or occupy land that directly overlies any part of the plume of contamination, who were to be notified in accordance with 30 TAC §330.409(g)(1)(C) Exit the TCEQ;

  4. Persons requesting public notice, maintained on a mailing list by the TCEQ Office of the Chief Clerk;

  5. Any other person the Executive Director or Chief Clerk may elect to include; and

  6. If applicable, the secretary of the Coastal Coordination Council.

Published Notice

The owner or operator shall also publish notice in a newspaper of the largest general circulation that is published in the county in which the facility is located. If a newspaper is not published in the county, the notice must be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the facility is located.

Notice of the public meeting is to be published not less than once each week during the three weeks preceding the public meeting. The published notice is to be appropriately titled and must be at least 15 square inches (96.8 square centimeters) with a shortest dimension at least 3 inches (7.6 centimeters). A completed affidavit of publication Adobe Acrobat PDF Document and an original clipping of the published notice is to be furnished to the TCEQ staff on the day of the public meeting, prior to the commencement of the meeting.

Text of Notice

The text of the notice must include:

  1. The name and address of the owner or operator of the facility (permittee) and, if different, the location of the facility regulated by the permit;

  2. The permit number;

  3. A brief description of the activity conducted at the facility described in the permit;

  4. The date, time, and place of the meeting, a brief description of the nature and purpose of the meeting including the applicable rules, procedures, and a statement that there will be an opportunity for public comment;

  5. A statement that following the public meeting a remedy will be selected and a report describing the proposed remedy will be submitted to the TCEQ for review and approval;

  6. The telephone numbers of the TCEQ Waste Permits Division (512-239-2335) and applicable TCEQ regional office;

  7. The name, address, and telephone number of a contact person for the permittee, from whom interested persons may obtain further information; and

  8. If applicable, a statement that the requested action is subject to the Coastal Management Program and must be consistent with the Coastal Management Program goals and policies.

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Managing and Disposing of Medical Waste

Requirements for the management and disposal of medical waste in Texas, with links to rules, guidance, and forms.

 

Definition of Medical Waste

Medical waste is defined in Title 30 Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC), Chapter 330, Section (§) 330.3 Exit the TCEQ and explained further in 25 TAC, Part 1, Chapter 1, Subchapter K, §1.132 Exit the TCEQ.

Medical waste includes treated and untreated special waste from health care-related facilities (defined in 25 TAC §1.134 Exit the TCEQ) that is comprised of animal waste, bulk blood, bulk human blood, bulk human body fluids, microbiological waste, pathological waste, and sharps, as well as "regulated medical waste" (defined in 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 173, §173.134(a)(5) Exit the TCEQ). The term does not include medical waste produced on a farm or ranch (as defined in 34 TAC, Chapter 3, §3.296(f) Exit the TCEQ), nor does the term include artificial, nonhuman materials removed from a patient and requested by the patient, including, but not limited to, orthopedic devices and breast implants. Health care-related facilities do not include single or multi-family dwellings, and hotels, motels, or other establishments that provide lodging and related services for the public.

 

Medical Waste Management

 

Information for Generators of Medical Waste

According to 30 TAC §330.13(e) Exit the TCEQ, a person who generates less than 50 pounds per month of untreated medical waste and transports their own waste to an authorized medical waste storage or processing facility is not required to obtain a permit, registration, notification, or other authorization. Other generators that transport untreated medical waste or conduct the activities described in the following sections may be required to obtain an authorization, depending on the activities conducted, and generator status as described in 30 TAC §330.1211(a)(1) and (2) Exit the TCEQ.

All generators of medical waste should become familiar with the rules that apply to generators, in 30 TAC §330.1207 Exit the TCEQ. If you are a generator of medical waste and want to treat your own waste on-site, you must notify TCEQ as explained in the Treating Medical Waste section below. Additional information for medical waste generators is available in the guidance documents listed at the bottom of this page.

 

Meaning of the Terms "On-Site" and "Off-Site" in Medical Waste Management

Several of the rules regarding medical waste management use the terms "On-Site" and "Off-Site" in reference to the location where medical waste was generated. The rule in 30 TAC §330.1205 Exit the TCEQ explains that for the purposes of the medical waste management rules (30 TAC Chapter 330, Subchapter Y), medical waste managed on property that is owned or effectively controlled by one entity and that is within 75 miles of the point of generation or at an affiliated facility shall be considered to be managed on-site. An affiliated facility means a health care-related facility that generates a medical waste that is routinely stored, processed, or disposed of on a shared basis in an integrated medical waste management unit owned, operated by a hospital, and located within a contiguous health care complex. Medical waste management practices that do not meet those criteria are regarded as off-site management.

 

Licensed Hospitals as Collection Stations for Generators of Small Quantities of Medical Waste

A licensed hospital may function as a medical waste collection and transfer facility for generators who generate less than 50 pounds per month of untreated medical waste, under the provisions of 30 TAC §330.9(e) Exit the TCEQ. The hospital must be located either: (1) in an incorporated area with a population of less than 25,000 and in a county with a population of less than one million; or (2) in an unincorporated area that is not within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of a city with a population more than 25,000 or within a county with a population of more than one million.

The hospital must obtain a municipal solid waste (MSW) Type V registration for a medical waste collection station, and generators must transport their own waste to the collection station.

Additional requirements are outlined in the medical waste collection station rule in 30 TAC §330.1217 Exit the TCEQ.

 

Storing Medical Waste

Any person storing medical waste must comply with the requirements in 30 TAC §330.1209 Exit the TCEQ. Generators of medical waste are not required to refrigerate the waste, but must store it in a secure manner and not create a nuisance.

Facilities that store or process untreated medical waste that is received from off-site sources must obtain an MSW Type V registration under 30 TAC §330.9(n) Exit the TCEQ.

 

Transferring Medical Waste

Packages of untreated medical waste may be transferred between transportation units at and on the premises of a facility authorized as a transfer station, as a storage facility, or as a treatment/processing facility that has been approved to function as a transfer station according to the provisions of 30 TAC §330.1213 Exit the TCEQ. Such a facility must obtain an MSW Type V registration under 30 TAC §330.9(n) Exit the TCEQ.

Packages of untreated medical waste may also be transferred at medical waste collection stations under the conditions outlined in 30 TAC §330.1217 Exit the TCEQ.

Persons transferring untreated medical waste should review information in 30 TAC §330.1213 Exit the TCEQ on how to respond to a transportation unit malfunction or a traffic accident involving shipments of medical waste, and reporting requirements in those circumstances.

 

Transporting Medical Waste

Treated Medical Waste

Medical waste that has been treated according to the requirements of 30 TAC §330.1219(a) may be managed and disposed as routine municipal solid waste, provided labeling and other requirements of §330.1219(b), (c), and (e) Exit the TCEQ are met.

Untreated Medical Waste

Untreated medical waste may be transported by the generator, or other authorized transporter following the requirements in 30 TAC §330.1211 Exit the TCEQ. The transporter must initiate and maintain a record of each waste shipment collection and deposition as required by §330.1211(h) Exit the TCEQ, using the Regulated Medical Waste Manifest (form TCEQ-310) Adobe Acrobat PDF Document.

Generators who generate 50 pounds or less per month of medical waste may transport their own untreated waste to an authorized medical waste collection station, transfer station, storage facility, or processing facility, and are exempted from permit, registration, and notification requirements by 30 TAC §330.1211(a)(1) Exit the TCEQ.

Generators who generate more than 50 pounds per month of medical waste may also transport their own untreated waste according to the provisions of 30 TAC §330.1211(a)(2) Exit the TCEQ to a transfer station, storage facility, or processing facility authorized to receive medical waste, but must comply with §330.1211(d)-(l) Exit the TCEQ. These generators must notify the commission that they are a self-transporter of medical waste, provide certain additional information, and submit an annual summary report.

Medical waste may be transported by the United States Postal Service in accordance with the Domestic Mail Manual, under 30 TAC §330.1211(a)(3) Exit the TCEQ, without a separate authorization.

All other transporters of untreated medical waste that do not meet one of the preceding provisions must register as a transporter of medical waste as required by 30 TAC §330.9(l) Exit the TCEQ. Medical waste transporters who are required to register must also obtain and maintain financial assurance for automobile liability and pollution liability.

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Disposition of Untreated Medical Waste

Untreated medical waste must be deposited at a facility that has been authorized to accept untreated medical waste. Untreated medical waste that is transported out of state must be deposited at a facility that is authorized by the appropriate agency in the other state having jurisdiction over such waste.

Interstate Transportation of Medical Waste

Under 330.1215 Exit the TCEQ, persons who engage in the transportation of waste that does not originate or terminate in Texas are exempt from the medical waste rules in 30 TAC Chapter 330, Subchapter Y, except §330.1211(c)(1) and (2) Exit the TCEQ regarding transportation units used to collect or transport untreated medical waste.

 

Treating Medical Waste

Medical waste may be treated on-site, or off-site at an authorized treatment facility, following the requirements of 30 TAC §330.1219 Exit the TCEQ and 25 TAC §1.136 Exit the TCEQ).

On-Site Treatment

On-site treatment may be conducted by the generator of the waste provided the generator notifies the TCEQ as required by 30 TAC §330.11(f) Exit the TCEQ, or by a mobile, on-site treater of medical waste who is registered under §330.9(m) Exit the TCEQ and who operates according to the requirements of §330.1221 Exit the TCEQ. A generator who intends to treat medical waste on site must indicate in the notification to the TCEQ that an approved method as required by 25 TAC §1.136 will be utilized, and that the generator will maintain records of the treatment process as required by 30 TAC §330.1219(a). A generator of medical waste that is treated on site must dispose of the treated medical waste in accordance with §330.1219(b) through (e).

Off-Site Treatment

Off-site treatment must be conducted at a treatment facility authorized to accept untreated medical waste. Owners and operators of medical-waste treatment facilities must obtain an MSW Type V registration as specified in 30 TAC §330.9(n) Exit the TCEQ.

Owners or operators of Type V processing facilities that accept delivery of untreated medical waste for which a shipping document is required under §330.1211 Exit the TCEQ must ensure that a shipping document accompanies each shipment and that it is properly completed as required by §330.219(h) Exit the TCEQ.

Medical waste that has been treated according to the requirements of 30 TAC 330.1219(a) may be managed and disposed of as routine municipal solid waste, provided labeling and other requirements of §330.1219(b), (c), and (e) Exit the TCEQ, §330.171(c)(2) Exit the TCEQ, and 25 TAC §1.136 Exit the TCEQ are met.

 

Disposing of Medical Waste

Treated medical waste may be disposed of in a permitted MSW Type I or Type IAE landfill (described in 30 TAC §330.5(a)(1) Exit the TCEQ) according to the provisions and exceptions specified in §330.1219 Exit the TCEQ, §330.171(c)(2) Exit the TCEQ, and 25 TAC §1.136 Exit the TCEQ.

Untreated medical waste may be accepted for disposal at a landfill in the event of a natural or man-made disaster under 30 TAC §330.171(c)(1) Exit the TCEQ if authorized in writing by the executive director. Under such circumstances, the waste will be handled as a special waste, and may require the generator to complete a Request for Authorization for Disposal of a Special Waste (Form TCEQ-0152) Adobe Acrobat PDF Document, and the generator to complete a Regulated Medical Waste Manifest (form TCEQ-310) Adobe Acrobat PDF Document.

Owners and operators of landfills must obtain a permit before accepting waste.

 

Rules and Guidance Documents

 

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Municipal Liquid Waste Transfer

Requirements for operating a liquid waste transfer facility. Links to relevant forms and guidance.

Overview

Anyone who plans to operate a municipal liquid waste transfer facility must obtain an authorization from the TCEQ. A municipal liquid waste transfer facility is a municipal solid waste (MSW) Type V processing facility that is used only in the transfer of grease trap waste, grit trap waste, septage, or other similar liquid waste. Except for temporary storage, facilities that will receive 32,000 gallons per day or less must obtain a registration under Title 30 Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC), Chapter 330, Section (§)330.9(o) Exit the TCEQ. Facilities that will receive more than 32,000 gallons per day must apply for a permit under §330.7 Exit the TCEQ.

Temporary Storage

A temporary storage facility that stores 8,000 gallons or less for a period of four days or less in containers must notify in accordance with 30 TAC §330.11(e)(5). Such a facility is not required to follow the requirements of Chapter 330, Subchapter E.

Applying for an Authorization

To apply for a registration or permit for a municipal liquid waste transfer facility:

Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Liners, Leachate Collection Systems, and Final Cover Systems

Rules, guidelines, and forms relating to design and construction of municipal landfill liners and cover systems.

 

Rules for Municipal Landfill Liners and Cover Systems

Forms for Liners and Leachate Collection Systems

Forms for Excavation Dewatering and Liner Ballast

Forms for Final Cover Systems

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Special Waste Disposal

Information on special waste identification, transportation, and disposal.

 

What Is Special Waste?

Special waste is a waste that requires special handling, trained people, and/or special disposal methods. A waste may be a special waste because of its quantity, concentration, or physical, chemical, or biological characteristics. Special waste is defined in Title 30 Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC), Chapter 330, Section (§) 330.3(148) Exit the TCEQ and described further in §330.171 Exit the TCEQ and §330.173 Exit the TCEQ. Additional information:

Examples of special waste include:

  • Class 1 nonhazardous industrial waste
  • Untreated medical waste
  • Hazardous waste from conditionally exempt small-quantity generators
  • Municipal and domestic water and wastewater treatment plant sludges
  • Septic tank pumpings
  • Grease and grit trap wastes
  • Slaughterhouse wastes
  • Dead animals
    Additional information:
  • Drugs, contaminated foods, or contaminated beverages (other than those contained in normal household waste)
  • Pesticide containers
  • Discarded materials containing asbestos
    Additional information:
    • Asbestos abatement and handling, contact Texas Dept. of State Health Services, Asbestos Program Exit the TCEQ
  • Incinerator ash
  • Contaminated soils
  • Waste from oil, gas, and geothermal activities subject to regulation by the Railroad Commission of Texas when those wastes are to be processed, treated, or disposed of at a municipal solid waste (MSW) facility
    Additional information:
  • Certain wastes generated outside the boundaries of Texas
  • Other wastes that may be special wastes in some cases (for example, sorbent materials, blast media, diseased plants)

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Classifying and Testing Special Waste

It is the responsibility of a generator of a waste to classify the waste and determine proper treatment and/or disposal methods. A generator may use process knowledge and/or analytical testing to classify a waste. Process knowledge (see 30 TAC Chapter 335, §335.511) Exit the TCEQ is a waste generator's knowledge about how a waste is produced and handled, and what constituents are likely to be present in the waste. Analytical testing (see §335.509) Exit the TCEQ is information about the concentrations of constituents in a waste, obtained from laboratory analysis. If sufficient process knowledge is available to classify a waste, little or no analytical testing may be needed. Additional information:

Some special wastes tend to vary significantly and may require testing. These wastes include:

  • Contaminated soils
  • Waste from oil, gas, and geothermal activities subject to regulation by the Railroad Commission of Texas, or from outside Texas
  • Incinerator ash
  • Industrial waste generated outside the boundaries of Texas
  • Waste from industrial wastewater treatment plants, air-pollution control facilities, and tanks, drums, or containers used for shipping or storing any material that has been listed as a hazardous constituent in Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR) Exit the TCEQ, Part 261, Appendix VIII, but has not been listed as a commercial chemical product in 40 CFR §261.33(e) or (f)
  • Abrasive-blast material
  • Absorbent material used in spill cleanup

Classify the waste based on test results using the following guidelines:

Regardless of whether you rely on process knowledge or opt for analytical testing, you must fully document the information used in making your waste classification.

A note about listed wastes:

  • Some wastes, such as contaminated soils, may contain one or more constituents that are listed hazardous wastes (see 40 CFR Exit the TCEQ Part 261, §§261.30 through 261.35) which could require the contaminated soil to be managed as a hazardous waste, even if the waste is not characteristically hazardous and even if the leachable concentrations of hazardous constituents are below toxicity thresholds. These wastes must be managed as hazardous wastes unless a "contained-in" determination shows that contaminant concentrations do not exceed applicable Tier 1 protective concentration levels; for more information see pages 18 and 19 of TRRP: Compatibility with RCRA (RG-366/TRRP-3) Adobe Acrobat PDF Document.

Find more information here about wastes that may be accepted at municipal solid waste facilities.

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Transporting Special Waste

Some special wastes (such as discarded materials containing asbestos) may require special handling, packaging, transportation by a registered transporter, and/or manifesting. For more information on waste transportation, see:

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Disposing of Special Waste

 

General Information

For information about the types of waste that may be disposed of in an MSW landfill facility refer to this table summarizing types of waste accepted by MSW landfills Adobe Acrobat PDF Document. The wastes that can actually be accepted by a particular facility depend on provisions of that facility's authorization.

Authorization to accept special waste may be granted case-by-case in accordance with 30 TAC §330.171 Exit the TCEQ and §330.173 Exit the TCEQ, or may be established for a facility by an explicit Special Waste Acceptance Plan (SWAP) prepared in accordance with §330.61(b) Exit the TCEQ and §330.171(b)(2) Exit the TCEQ. Wastes not included in a SWAP may be considered for disposal at an MSW landfill if a request with supporting documentation is submitted by the waste generator to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for technical review, and the request granted.

Some special wastes, identified in 30 TAC §330.171(c) and (d) Exit the TCEQ, do not require prior written authorization to be accepted.

A note about Class 1 and similar wastes:

  • Special wastes that are Class 1 nonhazardous industrial wastes (except industrial wastes that are designated Class 1 only because of asbestos content), and other special wastes that are not from industrial sources but which may contain constituents of concern at concentrations that equal or exceed the maximum leachable concentrations listed in 30 TAC §335.521(a)(1) Exit the TCEQ) may be accepted at a Type I MSW landfill, but must be disposed in a dedicated Class 1 industrial waste trench that complies with 30 TAC §330.331(e) Exit the TCEQ. Class 1 nonhazardous industrial waste must be accompanied by a waste manifest form.

 

Prohibited Wastes

The following wastes are prohibited from disposal in any MSW facility by 30 TAC §330.15(e) Exit the TCEQ:

  • Lead-acid storage batteries
  • Do-it-yourself used motor vehicle oil
  • Used oil filters from internal combustion engines
  • Whole used or scrap tires
  • Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and any other items containing chlorinated fluorocarbon (CFC) (must be handled in accordance with 40 CFR Part 82, §82.156(f) Exit the TCEQ, as amended)
  • Liquid waste (except as allowed in 30 TAC §330.15(e)(6) Exit the TCEQ)
  • Regulated hazardous waste
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) wastes
  • Radioactive materials (except as authorized in 30 TAC Chapter 336, Subchapter C, Exit the TCEQ or that are subject to an exemption from the Department of State Health Services)

 

Information for Persons Disposing of Special Waste

When deciding where to send a special waste for disposal, first contact the landfill you are considering to determine if it is able to accept the waste. Some special wastes, identified in 30 TAC §330.171(c) and (d) Exit the TCEQ, do not require prior written authorization for acceptance and disposal, whereas others do. Requests for written authorization to dispose of a special waste must be submitted by the generator to the TCEQ or to a facility with an approved SWAP, pursuant to §330.61(b) Exit the TCEQ and §330.171(b)(2) Exit the TCEQ.

If a particular facility is unable or chooses not to accept a waste, contact the TCEQ Waste Permits Division, or the applicable TCEQ regional office for additional information on disposal options.

To request authorization from the TCEQ, complete and submit the following forms with supporting documentation (scan completed form and any supporting documentation and email to swaste@tceq.texas.gov for expedited service):

 

Information for Landfills Accepting Special Waste

MSW landfills may accept special wastes in accordance with 30 TAC §330.171 Exit the TCEQ and §330.173 Exit the TCEQ, subject to provisions and limitations of the facility's authorization; for more information refer to this table summarizing types of waste accepted by MSW landfills Adobe Acrobat PDF Document. Some special wastes (those identified in §330.171(c) and (d) Exit the TCEQ) do not require prior written authorization from the TCEQ before they can be accepted by a landfill, whereas others do.

Wastes that require prior written authorization from the TCEQ must be:

  1. Accompanied by a Request for Authorization for Disposal of a Special Waste (Form TCEQ-0152) Adobe Acrobat PDF Document completed by the person disposing of the waste and approved by the TCEQ, or
  2. Received, managed, and disposed in accordance with an approved Special Waste Acceptance Plan (SWAP) prepared in accordance with 30 TAC §330.61(b) Exit the TCEQ and §330.171(b)(2) Exit the TCEQ.

Any and all documents, manifests, shipping documents, trip tickets, etc., involving special waste must be retained in the facility operating record in accordance with 30 TAC §330.125(b)(10) Exit the TCEQ. The TCEQ may revoke an authorization to accept special waste if the owner or operator of a facility does not maintain compliance with rules or conditions imposed in the authorization to accept special waste.

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Please contact us if you have questions about special waste.

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Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Gas Management

Information relating to landfill gas management.

Contact us if you have questions about municipal solid waste landfill gas management.

Municipal Liquid Waste: Am I Regulated?

Overview of the various ways that liquid wastes are regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Links to other Web pages with more specific information on each related regulatory program.

Overview

If you generate liquid waste, it is your responsibility to ensure that your waste is properly handled and disposed.

If you transport, or accept for transfer, processing, or disposal liquid waste from a municipal source, you will need to notify the TCEQ and may need to obtain a permit or registration. In addition, limitations on storage may apply, depending on the type of operation.

Liquid waste from municipal sources includes grit-trap waste, grease-trap waste, septic-tank pumpage, domestic septage, chemical toilet waste, municipal wastewater treatment plant sludge, other types of domestic sewage treatment plant sludge, and water-supply treatment plant sludge.

If you are handling an oily water mixture from an oil-water separator, contact the Used Oil Recycling Program to find out if you need a separate authorization.

For More Information

Please contact the Municipal Solid Waste Permits Section if you have questions about the transfer, processing, storage, or disposal of municipal liquid waste.

Municipal Solid Waste Site Operating Plans

Information about Site Operating Plans for Municipal Solid Waste facilities.

 

A site operating plan (SOP) is required for all permitted and registered municipal solid waste (MSW) facilities in accordance with Title 30 Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC) Section §330.65 Exit the TCEQ. A site operating plan discusses how an owner or operator will conduct daily operations at a facility. It includes information about functions and qualifications of personnel, equipment to be used, and operating instructions.

SOP Rules

SOP Templates

SOP Template for Type IAE and Type IVAE Landfills

SOP Template for Processing Facilities

For More Information

Contact us if you have questions about municipal solid waste site operating plans.

Municipal Solid Waste Public Notice and Public Participation

Information about public notices concerning MSW applications, and participating in the permitting process.

 

 

Public Notices

Permits and Permit Amendment Applications

Notice of Receipt of Application and Intent to Obtain Permit (NORI)

The TCEQ will prepare and issue a notice indicating receipt of an application and intent to obtain a permit for applications for new or amended municipal solid waste permits. The TCEQ will mail the notice to landowners, public officials, and other persons, and the applicant will publish the notice. [30 TAC, Chapter 39, 39.418 Exit the TCEQ, 39.413 Exit the TCEQ, 39.501(c) Exit the TCEQ]

The applicant must submit the following documents indicating that the NORI was published:

Notice of Application and Preliminary Decision (NAPD)

The TCEQ will prepare and issue a notice of application and preliminary decision for permit applications that have been declared technically complete and filed with the TCEQ Office of the Chief Clerk. The TCEQ will mail the notice to landowners, public officials, and other persons, and the applicant will publish the notice. [30 TAC §§39.419 Exit the TCEQ, 39.413 Exit the TCEQ, and 39.501(d) Exit the TCEQ]

The applicant must submit the following documents indicating that the NAPD was published:

Registration Applications

Notice of Opportunity to Request a Public Meeting (NOPM)

For registration applications, the TCEQ will prepare a notice of opportunity to request a public meeting and direct the applicant to publish the notice following the requirements in 30 TAC §39.501(e) Exit the TCEQ.

The applicant must submit the following documents indicating that the notice was published:

Requirement for Newspaper Notices in an Alternative Language

Notices for municipal solid waste permit and permit amendment applications and registration applications filed on or after November 30, 2005, must be published in an alternative language, in addition to English, under certain conditions. [30 TAC §39.405(h) Exit the TCEQ, §39.418Exit the TCEQ, or §39.419 Exit the TCEQ]

The Public Notice Verification forms mentioned earlier provide instruction for determining if the requirement applies and for documenting compliance with the requirement.

Commonly, when an alternative language notice is required, the language is Spanish.

 

For More Information

Contact us if you have questions about municipal solid waste public notice and public participation.

Texas Groundwater Protection Committee

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The link address is: http://www.tgpc.state.tx.us/

Solid Waste Association of North America

Solid Waste Association of North America

The link address is: http://www.swana.org/

Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials

Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO)

The link address is: http://www.astswmo.org

Texas Chapter, Solid Waste Association of North America

The Lonestar Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America

The link address is: http://www.txswana.org/

Municipal Solid Waste Water Balance Cover Guidance

Information for owners and operators of municipal solid waste landfills who are considering a water balance or evapotranspiration alternative final cover system.

Subtitle D municipal solid waste landfills are required to install final covers that are no less permeable than the bottom liners. This is typically achieved through the use of compacted low-permeability soils and geomembrane liners. Alternative final covers may also be approved if the alternative cover achieves an equivalent reduction in infiltration and equivalent protection from wind and water erosion as the prescriptive cover. A water balance cover (also known as evapotranspiration or ET cover) is a type of alternative final cover. A water balance cover utilizes temporary storage of precipitation infiltration within the cover soil layer(s) while the mechanisms of evaporation and plant transpiration return the stored water back to the atmosphere.

Guidance Document:

Background

The TCEQ Waste Permits Division developed the water balance cover guidance with input from landfill owners and operators, academia, and the public. A workshop was held in Austin on January 5, 2011, to present an overview of the guidance and offer technical presentations by experts on water balance cover design and monitoring. The presentations are listed below. (Please see the More Information section of this page for contact information to request a copy of a presentation).

  • Field-Scale Evaluation of Lysimeters Versus Actual Caps: Effect on Percolation
    Milind V. Khire, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University
  • The USEPA's Alternative Cover Assessment Program (ACAP): Lessons Learned From the Field
    William H. Albright, Ph.D., Hydrogeologist, Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada
  • Moisture Monitoring of Water Balance Test Plots
    Jorge G. Zornberg, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

For More Information

To request PDF versions of the workshop presentations or for additional information on water balance covers, contact Dwight C. Russell, P.E., at 512-239-5282 or through our main Waste Permits Division line at 512-239-2335.

Municipal Solid Waste Permits

Programs and services of the MSW Permits Section.

Data on Municipal Solid Waste Facilities in Texas

Download Microsoft Excel files containing data on MSW facilities from TCEQ databases.

Data on Municipal Solid Waste Facilities Available for Download

Data files containing commonly requested municipal solid waste (MSW) data may be downloaded using the links provided below.

 

Explanation of Municipal Solid Waste Data Fields

The following document explains the data fields that appear in the municipal solid waste data files available for download from this web page:

 

Current Information About Municipal Solid Waste Facilities

The data files in the following list are refreshed at 12 noon on Fridays:

  • msw-facilities-texas.xls Microsoft Excel — A spreadsheet listing issued permits and other authorizations as well as pending applications for MSW landfills and processing facilities that are active, inactive, or not yet constructed. Data fields include facility name and type; permit, registration, or notification number; authorization status; facility physical status; and location information. See Explanation of Municipal Solid Waste Data Fields for more information.
  • msw-closed-facilities-texas.xls Microsoft Excel — A spreadsheet listing issued and revoked permits and other authorizations for MSW landfills and processing facilities that have closed, and applications that were withdrawn or denied. Data fields include facility name and type; permit, registration, or notification number; authorization status; facility physical status; and location information. See Explanation of Municipal Solid Waste Data Fields for more information.

 

Historical Information About Municipal Solid Waste Facilities

The data file listed below contains historical information that is not updated:

 

Contact us if you have questions about municipal solid waste data.

Featured Municipal Solid Waste Permit Applications

Links to pages summarizing the scope and status of municipal solid waste permit applications of interest.

Camelot Landfill—Municipal Solid Waste Permit Application No. 1312B

Information about an application for a vertical and horizontal expansion of the Camelot Landfill in Denton County, Texas.

Site Location

  • 580 Huffines Boulevard
    Lewisville, Texas 75056
    Denton County
  • Latitude: 33° 02' 0.79" N
    Longitude: 96° 56' 35.6" W
  • Map

Permitting Milestones

  • Administrative Review: Complete
  • Public Meeting: Held 10/25/2012
  • Technical Review: Complete
  • Public Hearing: Not Scheduled
  • Agenda Date: Not Scheduled

Permit Application & Correspondence

Contact Information

Camelot Landfill is an existing Type I Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) disposal facility owned and operated by the City of Farmers Branch, Texas.

Application Overview

The City of Farmers Branch has applied for a permit amendment to authorize a vertical and horizontal expansion of the Camelot Landfill. The amendment would:

  • increase the permitted area from 351 to 470 acres, of which 237 acres would be the waste disposal area;
  • revoke MSW Permit No. 946 and incorporate that 102.58 acre landfill property into MSW Permit No. 1312B; and
  • raise the permitted height of the landfill from 523 to 725 feet above mean sea level (approximately 275 feet above the surrounding land surface). The total volume available for waste disposal would be 60.6 million cubic yards.

Permit Process & Public Participation

130 Environmental Park Landfill—Municipal Solid Waste Permit Application No. 2383

Information about an application for a proposed new landfill in Caldwell County, Texas.

Site Location

  • Approximately 2,800 feet east of US Highway 183 between FM 1185 and Homannville Trail in Caldwell County
  • Latitude: 29° 58' 43.75" N
    Longitude: 97° 39' 24.76" W
  • Map

Permitting Milestones

  • Administrative Review: Complete
  • Public Meetings: Held 6/12/2014 and 1/8/15
  • Technical Review: Complete
  • Public Hearing: Ongoing
  • Agenda Date: Not Scheduled

Permit Application & Correspondence

Contact Information

The 130 Environmental Park landfill is a proposed Type I Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) disposal facility that would be owned and operated by 130 Environmental Park LLC.

Application Overview

130 Environmental Park, LLC applied for a permit to authorize the construction and operation of the landfill. The permit would authorize:

  • a permitted area of 520 acres, of which 202 acres would be the waste disposal area;
  • a waste disposal unit reaching a maximum permitted height 736 feet above mean sea level (approximately 160 feet above the surrounding land surface) with a total volume available for waste disposal of 33.1 million cubic yards; and
  • reusable material staging areas, a citizen collection center, leachate storage, large item storage, used/scrap tire storage, truck wheel wash, and wood waste processing.

Permit Process & Public Participation

Pescadito Environmental Resource Center—Municipal Solid Waste Permit Application No. 2374

Information about an application to proposed facility consisting of a Type I Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) disposal facility, a Type V liquid waste processing facility, and a recycling facility in Webb County, Texas.

Site Location

  • 2864 Jordan Road
    Laredo, Texas 78043
    Webb County
  • Latitude: 27° 33' 32.40" N
    Longitude: 99° 09' 35.99" W
  • Map

Permitting Milestones

  • Administrative Review: Complete
  • Public Meeting: Held 2/28/2013
  • Technical Review: Ongoing
  • Public Hearing: Not Scheduled
  • Agenda Date: Not Scheduled

Permit Application & Correspondence

Contact Information

Pescadito Environmental Resource Center (PERC) is a new proposed facility consisting of a Type I Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) disposal facility, a Type V liquid waste processing facility, and a recycling facility, owned and operated by Rancho Viejo Waste Management, LLC, Texas. 

Application Overview

The Rancho Viejo Waste Management, LLC applied for a permit to authorize the landfill and its operations.  The application requests authorization for:  

  • a landfill consisting of a total permit boundary of 953 acres, of which approximately 700 acres would be the waste disposal area;
  • a maximum height, including final cover, of 935 feet above mean sea level (approximately 370 feet above the surrounding land surface) 
  • a waste disposal rate between 2,750 and 10,000 tons per day;
  • a Type V liquid waste (grease and grit trap) processing facility with a maximum daily acceptance rate of 50,000 gallons; and
  • a recycling facility.

Permit Process & Public Participation

Pintail Landfill—Municipal Solid Waste Permit Application No. 2377

Information about an application for a proposed new landfill in Waller County, Texas.

Site Location

  • 24644 Highway 6
    Hempstead, Texas 77445
    Waller County
  • Latitude: 30° 08' 12.73" N
    Longitude: 96° 04' 07.43" W
  • Map

Permitting Milestones

  • Administrative Review: Complete
  • Public Meetings: Held 11/10/2011 and 11/15/2012
  • Technical Review: Complete
  • Public Hearing: Ongoing
  • Agenda Date: Not Scheduled

Permit Application & Correspondence

Contact Information

Pintail Landfill is a new proposed Type I Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) disposal facility owned and operated by Pintail Landfill, LLC, Texas.

Application Overview

Pintail Landfill, LLC applied for a permit to authorize the landfill and its operation. The application requests authorization for :

  • a landfill with a total permit boundary of 410 acres, of which 223 acres would be the waste disposal area
  • a maximum height, including final cover, of 410 feet above mean sea level (approximately 151 feet above the surrounding land surface) 
  • a total volume available for disposal (waste and daily cover) of 35.7 million cubic yards
  • a citizens’ collection station and a recycling facility.

Permit Process & Public Participation

Post Oak Municipal Solid Waste Landfill—Municipal Solid Waste Permit Application No. 2378

Information about an application for a proposed new landfill in Guadalupe County.

Site Location

  • Approximately 12 miles east of Seguin and 3.1 miles east-southeast of the intersection of I-10 and FM 1104 in Guadalupe County
  • Latitude: 29.60520° N
    Longitude: 97.72440° W
  • Map

Permitting Milestones

  • Administrative Review: Complete
  • Public Meetings: Held 4/24/2012 and 3/6/2014
  • Technical Review: Complete
  • Public Hearing: Ongoing
  • Agenda Date: Not Scheduled

Permit Application & Correspondence

Contact Information

The Post Oak Municipal Solid Waste Landfill is a proposed Type I Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)disposal facility that would be owned and operated by Post Oak Clean Green, Inc..

Application Overview

Post Oak Clean Green, Inc. applied for a permit to authorize the construction and operation of a new Type I MSW landfill. The permit would authorize:

  • a permitted area encompassing 1,003 acres, of which 331 acres would be the waste disposal area; and
  • a waste disposal unit reaching a maximum permitted height 692 feet above mean sea level (approximately 232 feet above the surrounding land surface) with a total volume available for waste disposal of 87.05 million cubic yards.

Permit Process & Public Participation

Southwaste Disposal Hurst Facility—Municipal Solid Waste Permit Application No. 2241B

Information about an application to increase waste acceptance rate and add equipment at an existing municipal solid waste storage and processing facility.

Site Location

  • 6407 Hurst Street
    Houston, Texas 77008
    Harris County
  • Latitude: 29° 47' 14.1799" N
    Longitude: 95° 25' 42.0235" W
  • Map

Permitting Milestones

  • Administrative Review: Complete
  • Public Meeting: Held 10/17/2013
  • Technical Review: Complete
  • Public Hearing: Not Scheduled
  • Agenda Date: Not Scheduled

Permit Application & Correspondence

Contact Information

Southwaste Disposal Hurst Facility is an existing Type V Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) storage and processing facility owned and operated by Southwaste Disposal, LLC.

Application Overview

Southwaste Disposal, LLC applied for a major permit amendment to authorize an increase in the waste acceptance rate for the facility. The new design would improve the existing secondary containment structure, and adds a new processing technique, a building to house this process, and new tanks to accommodate the increased waste acceptance rate and maximum volume. The amendment application includes requests to:

  • increase the annual waste acceptance rate from 36,000,000 gallons-per-year to 46,000,000 gallons;
  • establish a maximum daily waste acceptance rate of 240,000 gallons-per-day;
  • add a Thermal Mechanical Separator process and building, and an air scrubber; and
  • other changes such as upgrading a containment berm and adding processing tanks.

Permit Process & Public Participation