Solid Waste


ETCOG is the state designated organization for municipal solid waste (MSW) planning in the 14 county region. 

To fulfill this directive ETCOG provides the following services:   
  • Coordinating a regional solid waste advisory committee; 
  • Maintaining a regional solid waste management plan;
  • Maintaining an inventory of closed MSW landfills
  • Providing technical assistance and informational programs pertaining to solid waste management
  • Administering a pass-through grant program to provide funding for regional and local MSW projects
  • Serving as a central point of contact for solid waste management outreach, education, and training programs
  • Reviewing permit and registration applications for municipal solid waste facilities for conformance with the adopted regional solid waste management plan for the region 

Grant Program

ETCOG provides funding for eligible local and regional municipal solid waste management projects in support of the goals and objectives of the adopted Regional Solid Waste Management Plan.  

Eligible recipients include cities; counties; public schools and school districts (excluding universities and other post-secondary educational institutions); general and special law districts created in accordance with state law, and with the authority and responsibility for water quality protection or municipal solid waste management, to include river authorities; and councils of governments. Private and non-profit companies and organizations are not eligible to receive grant funding. However, recipients of a grant may contract with private and non-profit entities to provide specific grant-funded services.

ETCOG’s Solid Waste Grants are funded on a 12 month contract term. Each year the contracts run from September 1 through August 31 of the following year. The time that ETCOG’s Request For Proposals (RFP) are sent out changes each year based on the timeframe that funding is received from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. To be added to the notification list of when funding is available email Julie Burnfield.

Solid Waste Management Plan

The Regional Solid Waste Management Plan was developed with the intention of addressing all areas of solid waste management, stressing source reduction and recycling. The ETCOG regional planning efforts include a cooperative, regional approach that tries to include all actors associated with these activities. Regional goals outlined in the plan include the following:
  • Maintain long term, cost effective transportation and disposal opportunities for all areas of the region.  
  • Promote programs to control illegal dumping in incorporated and unincorporated areas and manage special wastes.
  • Develop and encourage cost effective recycling, composting, source reduction, and other waste minimization activities taking place in the Region. 
  • Develop and evaluate institutional arrangement affecting waste management.   
  • Coordinate Regional Plan implementation and encourage local planning activities.

Closed Landfill Inventory

ETCOG's Closed Landfill Inventory is a compilation of closed municipal solid waste landfill units for the following counties: Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Panola, Rains, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood.  

For information related to a specific closed municipal solid waste facility please contact Julie Burnfield
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