AACOG is the state designated planning agency for solid waste management issues in the region. The Solid Waste Program reviews applications for landfill permits and solid waste grants. Each year AACOG provides oversights on Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) funding for local government projects, including source reduction, recycling, local illegal dumping enforcement, solid waste studies, household hazardous waste collections, and public education efforts. AACOG provides technical assistance to local governments on solid waste issues and continuing education opportunities for local governments and solid waste professionals.
Project FundingGrant funds will be assigned for each fiscal years during one RFA. Grant funds are available to local governments, public schools and school districts, and 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. Funds may be used for projects under seven categories:
- Household hazardous waste management
- Local environmental law enforcement
- Litter and illegal dumping clean-up and community collection events
- Source reduction and recycling
- Citizens’ collection stations
- Educational and training programs