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Municipal Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Advisory Council

Meeting schedules, agendas, and highlights, and information about membership and duties of the advisory group.

HOT Request for Nominations

TCEQ requests nominations for three individuals to serve on the Advisory Council. The vacant positions and their expiration dates are listed in the Request for Nominations announcement below. TCEQ commissioners will make appointments at an Agenda meeting after applications are reviewed and approved. Please use the following links for further information and forms:

Please email the Advisory Council Application and materials to MSWRRAC@tceq.texas.gov. You may also mail the application and materials to: Anju Chalise, MC-126, TCEQ, Waste Permits Division, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, TX 78711-3087. If submitting by overnight mail, please send to: Anju Chalise, Building F, TCEQ, Waste Permits Division, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Austin, TX 78753.

Direct questions regarding the Advisory Council to Anju Chalise at (512) 239-1529 or MSWRRAC@tceq.texas.gov.

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About This Advisory Council

Municipal Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Advisory Council members are appointed for six-year staggered terms by the TCEQ Commissioners. The legislative act can be found in the Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 363, Sections 363.041 through 363.046 .

Duties of the Advisory Council

  • Review and evaluate the effect of state policies and programs on municipal solid waste management
  • Make recommendations to the TCEQ Commissioners on matters relating to municipal solid waste management
  • Recommend legislation to encourage the efficient management of municipal solid waste
  • Recommend policies for the use, allocation, or distribution of the planning fund that includes:
    • Identification of statewide priorities for use of funds
    • The manner and form of application for financial assurance
    • Criteria in addition to those to be evaluated in establishing priorities for providing financial assistance to applicants
  • Recommend special studies and projects to further the effectiveness of municipal solid waste management and resource recovery

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Meetings UPDATE

Meeting Dates and Agendas

Meeting Webcast Archive

Meeting Highlights

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Membership

Members represent various interests, which include city and county solid waste agencies, public solid waste districts or authorities, commercial solid waste landfills, planning regions, environmental perspectives, city and county governments, financial advisors, registered waste tire processors, professional engineers, solid waste professionals, composting/recycling companies and the general public representatives.

The following table lists the current members in order of term expiration. 

Member’s Name

Association

Position

Term Expiration

Richard Abramowitz, Dallas

 

A representative of the general public.

8/31/2025

Scott Trebus, P.E., Tomball

Area Manager—Engineering & Environmental, Republic Waste Industries

A representative from a solid waste management organization composed primarily of commercial operators.

8/31/2025

Risa Weinberger, P.E., Dallas

Risa Weinberger & Associates, Inc.

A person who is experienced in the management and operation of a composting or recycling facility or an educator with knowledge of the design and management of solid waste facilities.

8/31/2025

David Yanke, Austin – Advisory Council President

President, NewGen Strategies & Solutions, LLC

A representative of the financial community.

8/31/2025

Vacant

 

An elected official from a municipality with a population of 100,000 or more but less than 750,000

8/31/2025

Ralph Gutierrez, Schertz

Mayor - City of Schertz

An elected official from a municipality with a population of 25,000 or more but less than 100,000

8/31/2025

Honorable Hoppy Haden, Lockhart

Caldwell County Judge

An elected official from a county with a population less than 150,000

8/31/2027

Jennifer Lutz, Northlake

Silver Creek Materials

A registered waste tire processor.

8/31/2027

Cheryl Mergo, Houston

Houston-Galveston Area Council

A representative from a planning region.

8/31/2027

Frank Puglsey, P.E., Frisco

Senior Associate, Parkhill

A professional engineer from a private engineering firm with experience in the design and management of solid waste facilities.

8/31/2027

Charles (Chuck) Rivette, P.E., Sugar Land

Director—Planning & Project Development, Waste Management of Texas Inc.

A solid waste professional with experience managing or operating a commercial solid waste landfill.

8/31/2027

Steve Shannon, Buda

State of Texas Alliance for Recycling

A representative from a private environmental conservation organization.

8/31/2027

Jeffrey Mayfield, P.E., Wylie

Deputy Director—Solid Waste & Integrated Services, North Texas Municipal Water District

A representative from a public solid waste district or authority.

8/31/2029

Clifton Brocke Lively, Plainview

Solid Waste Superintendent - City of Plainview

An official from a municipality or county solid waste agency.

8/31/2029

Scott Pasternak, Austin

Burns & McDonnel

A representative of the general public.

8/31/2029

Honorable David Dillard, Paint Rock

Concho County Judge

An elected official from a county with any population size

8/31/2029

Vacant

An elected official from a municipality with a population of 750,000 or more.

8/31/2029

Robin Alaniz

City Council Member, City of Goliad

An elected official from a municipality with a population fewer than 25,000.

8/31/2029

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For Additional Information

If you would like additional information or have questions, please contact us by one of the following methods:

  • Emailmswrrac@tceq.texas.gov
  • Regular Mail—Waste Permits Division MC 126, TCEQ, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, TX 78711-3087
  • Overnight Mail—Waste Permits Division MC 126, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Bldg. A, Austin, TX 78753

This webpage may also be reached using the "goto" address www.tceq.texas.gov/goto/msw/council/.

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