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Waste Program Successes

Cleanups, reuse and recycling across Texas.

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Throughout the state of Texas, yard trimmings, construction and demolition material, paper, aluminum cans, plastic, scrap metal, and numerous other items are recycled every day. In 2012, the state's municipal solid waste landfills and processing facilities processed for recycling or reuse approximately 1.2 million tons of materials.

Learn more about TCEQ’s promotion of recycling programs on the TCEQ’s recycling web page.



Arlington Landfill
Arlington landfill showing recycable materials.



A Redeveloped Brownfields Site
A new buliding sits atop a remediated brownfield site.

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Did you know that to ensure safe drinking water, all public water systems have trained and licensed water operators? Last year, the TCEQ issued 1,889 new water licenses and renewed 3,212 licenses to Texas Water Operators. For additional licensing information, please see our Water Operators Licensing web page.

Safeguarding the Environment

Low-level Radioactive waste

The State of Texas has recently licensed a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility that can securely handle radioactive material in a single location that would otherwise be stored throughout the state in various locations.

The low-level radioactive waste disposal facility, in a remote corner of the state, is owned by the State of Texas. Ownership will ensure safe operations and long-term oversight. In addition, all waste disposed of at the facility generates revenue for the State of Texas.

Low-level Radioactive Waste Facility

Uranium Mining

Uranium mining in Texas now uses an in-situ method for extracting uranium from the ground. This method protects the environment and is a significant improvement over conventional mining methods. The TCEQ issues radioactive materials licenses for in-situ uranium mining, and requires mining operators to obtain Underground Injection Control permits, that include stipulations to protect underground drinking water sources.

Licensure and Registration

The TCEQ licenses individuals whose occupations may have an environmental impact.

We have:

  • licensed 54,945 environmental professionals and registered entities.
  • 45,352 active registrations


In 2013 we:

  • renewed 14,974 licenses
  • processed 10,906 exams
  • issued 16,221 petroleum delivery certificates
  • reviewed 6,934 incoming data reports