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H-GAC's roundtable series (Environmental Enforcement, Regional Recycling, Organics Recovery) have been reimagined as part of a new Solid Waste Workshop Series to provide greater depth of information on a variety of solid waste topics with increased value for busy schedules.
Topic: Environmental EnforcementThursday, February 21, 20198:30 am to 12:30 pm3555 Timmons Lane, Conference Rooms B/C, Second floorHouston, TX 77027
Register here to attend the February workshop.
Thursday, May 16, 2019 – RecyclingThursday, August 22, 2019 – Food WasteThursday, November 21, 2019 – Special Waste
For additional information about the Workshop Series and to suggest future topics, please contact Becki Begley at Becki.Begley@h-gac.com or 713-993-2410.
As landfill space and raw materials become scarcer, recycling of used materials becomes a more cost effective and sensible option. Periodically H-GAC hosts workshops to bring new ideas and knowledge to local governments on a wide range of recycling-related topics.
H-GAC hosts quarterly Regional Recycling Roundtables to promote recycling and waste reduction and provide a forum for discussion about recycling issues within the H-GAC region. Some presentations from past roundtables are below.
H-GAC hosts quarterly Organics Recovery Roundtables to promote the recovery of food waste and other organic materials and provide a forum for discussion of challenges, possible solutions, successes, and new ideas within the H-GAC region. Some presentations from past roundtables are below.
Solid waste and recycling contracts are one of the largest value contracts for a local government. In addition, it is a long term partnership that is essential to achieving a community's solid waste management and recycling goals. Key topics of the workshop included the procurement process and contract provisions.
Food waste is one of the largest components of the waste stream in the United States. It is estimated that less than five percent of all food waste that can be diverted from landfills is actually being diverted. For this reason, H-GAC funded a study to see how commercial food waste diversion could be increased using a collaborative approach with the private sector.
This workshop provided participants with information on locating and developing partnership opportunities, best practices for contracts, and real world examples of how partnerships have been implemented in order to maximize budgets and benefits for all parties.
H-GAC, with the help of a consultant, conducted a study to estimate the current and potential economic contribution of the recycling industry in the region. This analysis was conducted with the following goals in mind:
H-GAC hosted a workshop and invited Texas Department of Transportation and local governments to talk about incorporating recycled materials (concrete, asphalt shingles, compost, tires, and electronics) in future roadway projects while maintaining a quality product and strong budget.
Large venues and events generate a large amount of waste in a short period of time. These events are perfectly suited to promote recycling and provide an excellent forum to motivate event attendees, staff, and volunteers to lead as environmental stewards in a public setting. Fortunately, there are many ways for event organizers to dramatically reduce the amount of waste and make sure proper recycling measures are being applied.
H-GAC hosts periodic workshops to provide a forum for learning about and discussing illegal dumping and related issues within the H-GAC region. The group includes peace officers, county prosecutors, city officials, and personnel from TCEQ's Region 12 office. If you want to be included in our invitation list for these events please contact Erin Livingston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Environmental Enforcement and Small Business AssistanceThursday, January 22, 2015
Local Government and State Enforcement CoordinationTuesday October 14, 2014
Illicit Discharges & Honey TrucksTuesday, April 22, 2014
Building a Good Case Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Junked Vehicles, Vehicle Storage Facilities, & Auto Parts Recyclers Thursday, November 7, 2013
Staying Safe when You Encounter Hazardous Materials Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Enforcement Challenges and Strategies in both Rural and Urban CommunitiesThursday, April 25, 2013
Illegal Dumping In and Along Waterways Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Cool Tools - Cameras and GIS Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Civil Prosecution of Environmental ViolationsTuesday, July 10, 2012
Criminal ProsecutionTuesday, April 10, 2012
Environmental Enforcement after a Natural DisasterTuesday, January 24, 2012
Tires - Generation, Storage and TransportThursday, October 13, 2011
Outdoor BurningThursday, July 14, 2011
Junk VehiclesThursday, April 7, 2011
Air Quality IssuesThursday, January 27, 2011
Setting up Illegal Dumping StingsTuesday, October 12, 2010
Automotive Wrecking and Salvage Yards Enforcement and LicensingThursday, July 15, 2010
Illegally Dumped Medical WasteThursday, April 15, 2010
Interviewing Techniques for Environmental CrimesWednesday, October 21, 2009
Do's and Don'ts for Environmental InvestigatorsWednesday, July 15, 2009
Industrial StormwaterTuesday, May 5, 2009
Auto Salvage Yards Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Pipe Salvage YardsThursday, November 13, 2008
Concrete Related ActivitiesWednesday, July 16, 2008
On October 27, 2009, the Houston-Galveston Area Council hosted a workshop "Pharmaceuticals Management for Local Governments", sponsored by Pharmecology and Waste Management. The event featured presentations by prominent local and statewide experts on promoting and facilitating the collection of pharmaceutical waste.
Participants heard regional success stories, learned about current regulations, and discussed strategies for improving collection in the Houston Galveston Area and around the State.
AgendaProgram and Speaker Information
Unused and Expired Medicines: A Public Health ChallengeDr. Matthew Mireles, M.P.H., Community Medical Foundation for Patient Safety
Pharmaceuticals and Senate Bill 1757Jessica Huybregts, TCEQ, Water Supply Division, Public Drinking Water Section
Safe Disposal of Household PharmaceuticalsWayne Harry, P.E., TCEQ, MSW Permits Section
Optimizing Scientific and Social Attributes of Pharmaceutical Take Back Programsto Improve Public and Environmental HealthKati Stoddard, MS, University of North Texas, Institute of Applied ScienceVictoria Hodge, MS, City of Denton, Household Hazardous Waste Coordinator
Consumer Rx Take-Back Programs: Challenges & SolutionsCharlotte Smith, Director PharmEcology ServicesWaste Management Healthcare Solutions, Inc.
Local Resource PartnersJon Thompson, UTMB, Director Southeast Texas Poison Center
Medication Cleanout from Concept to CompletionMiscellaneous ResourcesTake Back Program ChecklistDr. Jeanie Jaramillo, PharmD Managing Director; Texas Panhandle Poison Center Assistant Professor;Pharmacy Practice Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy