Solid Waste Management Workshops

H-GAC's solid waste workshops focus on in-depth studies of different topics each quarter.

Upcoming Events

Solid Waste Workshop Focus on Household Hazardous Waste

Join us as we discuss household hazardous waste (HHW).

Topics

  • Running a one-day collection

  • HHW-specific outreach and education

  • Operating a permanent facility

    • The impacts of COVID

    • Going beyond basic HHW collection

Date and Time
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
9AM to 11:30AM

Past Solid Waste Workshops

These quarterly workshops provide attendees with in-depth information on the selected topic.

Participants at this half-day workshop learned about activities that can assist jurisdictions in being prepared to respond to and recover from a disaster debris generating incident.

Solid Waste and Recycling Events and Workshops

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.

Past Events

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:

  • Encourage local governments to continue to invest (and ideally increase their investment) in recycling in the region
  • Target specific types of recycling or reuse businesses to be nurtured and grown due to their potential impact on the regional economy
  • Make the Houston-Galveston region more sustainable by viewing discarded materials as a resource rather than a waste

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.

Environmental Enforcement

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 erin.livingston@h-gac.com.

Past Events


Archived Rountables

Environmental Enforcement and Small Business Assistance
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Local Government and State Enforcement Coordination
Tuesday October 14, 2014

Illicit Discharges & Honey Trucks
Tuesday, 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 Communities
Thursday, 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 Violations
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Criminal Prosecution
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Environmental Enforcement after a Natural Disaster
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tires - Generation, Storage and Transport
Thursday, October 13, 2011

Outdoor Burning
Thursday, July 14, 2011

Junk Vehicles
Thursday, April 7, 2011

Air Quality Issues
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Setting up Illegal Dumping Stings
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Automotive Wrecking and Salvage Yards Enforcement and Licensing
Thursday, July 15, 2010

Illegally Dumped Medical Waste
Thursday, April 15, 2010

Interviewing Techniques for Environmental Crimes
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Do's and Don'ts for Environmental Investigators
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Industrial Stormwater
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Auto Salvage Yards 
Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Pipe Salvage Yards
Thursday, November 13, 2008

Concrete Related Activities
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Pharmaceutical Waste Management

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.

Agenda
Program and Speaker Information