Landfills are a necessary component in the operation of a solid waste management program and provide for the ultimate disposal of a majority of waste generated throughout the region. Current Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) regulations allow for two types of landfills:
Type I Landfills
waste is compacted and covered daily.
Type IV Landfills
allows disposal of brush, construction and demolition waste and/or rubbish that are free of putrescible and household wastes; coverage is required weekly.
Active Landfills in the H-GAC Region
The "List of Active Landfills" shows all Type I and IV landfills within the H-GAC region by name, alias, permit, and county. Please use the "Active Landfills Map" to gain an overview of the landfills available in our region. If you need a road map to the facilities, or information on address, hours of operation, tipping fees, and materials accepted, please consult a business directory.
Active Landfills List (PDF) 11K
Active Landfills Map (PDF) 869K
Current Municipal Solid Waste Applications
Revised rules that became effective March 27, 2006, require municipal solid waste facilitly owners or operators to post a complete copy of any application that requires public notice on a publicly accesible website. This requirement applies to applications declared administratively complete on or after March 27, 2006, but does not apply to authorizations at Type IAE and Type IVAE landfill facilities. For the related rules, see Title 30 Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC), Section 330.57, Subsection (i). Type IAE and Type IVAE facilities are described in 30 TAC Section 330.5, Subsections (a) and (b).
To find out about municipal solid waste applications that are currently pending before the TCEQ please visit the TCEQ's website.
Landfill Siting Ordinances
Landfill siting ordinances are land use tools counties can use to determine the appropriate location of landfills within county borders.
Three counties in the region have landfill siting ordinances.
Brazoria County Ordinance (PDF) 505K
Chambers County Ordinance (PDF) 5.3M
Fort Bend County Ordinance (PDF) 3.7M
Citizens' Collection Stations
Citizens' Collection Stations in the H-GAC Region
Communities without local disposal facilities can dispose of their waste at Citizens' Collection Stations where household solid waste is collected and then transferred to the appropriate processing or disposal facilities. If you need a road map to the facilities, or information on address, hours of operation, tipping fees, and materials accepted, please consult a business directory.
Citizens' Collection Station List (PDF) 14K
Citizens' Collection Station Map (PDF) 775K
Active Transfer Stations in the H-GAC Region
A Transfer Station is a fixed facility used for transferring solid waste from collection vehicles to long-haul vehicles. It is not a storage facility such as one where individual residents can dispose of their waste in bulk storage containers. Please see a list and map of transfer stations within our H-GAC region. If you need a road map to the facilities, or information on address, hours of operation, tipping fees, and materials accepted, please consult a business directory.
Active Transfer Station List (PDF) 7K
Active Transfer Station Map (PDF) 224K
Best Management Practices for Transfer Stations
In 2009, H-GAC held a workshop on the best management practices for transfer stations. The material presented was directed at both existing transfer station operators and those interested in developing a new transfer station. Included in the materials was an overview of transfer station operations and basic design considerations.
Best Management Practices (PDF) 3.6M
Case Studies (PDF) 3M
Want to Know More?
Visit our Publications page to learn more about solid waste facilities including a guide to developing a solid waste facility in your community.