Western Region Solid Waste Capacity Study
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), in coordination with the Resource Conservation Council, initiated the Western Region Solid Waste Capacity Study* in July 2020 and completed it in July 2021. The study's objective was to gain a better understanding of the long-term solid waste management needs in the western eight counties of the North Central Texas region, which consists of Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise (hereafter referred to as the Western Region) and to determine potential opportunities to address future landfill capacity challenges.
As the North Central Texas region continues to experience growth in both population and economic activity, the region will need to manage an increasing quantity of solid waste generated by both residents and businesses. According to Texas Commission of Environmental Quality’s 2019 Municipal Solid Waste Annual Report, the NCTCOG region as a whole has approximately 35 years of reserve landfill capacity. However, the estimated landfill capacity of the Western Region is 20 to 25 years as there is less infrastructure for managing the projected increase of solid waste in these counties.
A Policy Advisory Group, comprised of representatives from communities located within the Western Region, was formed to guide the activities of the Western Region Solid Waste Capacity Study. Although the study is completed, the Policy Advisory Group plans to continue meeting in order to move forward with implementing its recommendations. Information on past and upcoming activities related to the study and solid waste capacity in the Western Region can be found below.
*The study was funded through a solid waste management grant provided by TCEQ through NCTCOG. This funding does not necessarily indicate endorsement of the study findings and recommendations.
Past Policy Advisory Group Meetings and Materials
July 29, 2021 - Workshop on Alternatives for Addressing Waste Capacity Challenges
August 12, 2020 - Kickoff Meeting
Western Area Solid Waste Workshop - July 15, 2019
Western Area Solid Waste Workshop - February 20, 2019
- July 15, 2019 in the Tejas Conference Room, NCTCOG Offices, Centerpoint III, 3rd Floor, Arlington, TX
- Objective: Stakeholders will discuss how to proceed in forming a committee that will focus on long-term disposal capacity for the western counties of the North Central Texas Region.
- Meeting Summary
Western Area Solid Waste Workshop - May 11, 2018
- Febuary 20, 2019 at the Chandor Gardens in Weatherford, Texas
- Objective: To provide an update on waste disposal trends and projected landfill capacity in the reigon, and discuss next steps for addressing the challenges posed by limited landfill capacity in the western area of the North Central Texas region.
Western Area Solid Waste Workshop - March 9, 2018
- May 11, 2018 in the Transportation Council Room, NCTCOG Offices, Arlington, TX
- Objective: To provide an in-depth look at different regionalization/collaboration options for the western area of the North Central Texas region.
- March 9, 2018 in the Regional Forum Room, NCTCOG Offices, Arlington, TX
- Objective: Local governments in the western portion of the NCTCOG region are having to respond to continued growth in both population and economic activity. This growth provides opportunities, but also poses new challenges for cities and counties, including managing an increasing quantity of solid waste generated by residents and businesses. Unlike the eastern portion of the NCTCOG region, there is currently minimal infrastructure for dealing with solid waste management in the western portion of the region. The purposes of the Western Area Solid Waste Workshop is to provide solid waste managers, public works directors, and elected officials with the following information:
- How much waste is generated in the region, and what is forecast over the next 30 years,
- How much disposal capacity is available in the region,
- What is required to secure new landfill capacity,
- What is required to secure transfer stations, and
- Regional opportunities and models for local governments to work together to address long-term capacity.