Texas Recycling: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste recycling

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Recyclable materials: 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 335.17

Industrial solid wastes: 30 TAC 335.1

Hazardous wastes: 30 TAC 335.24

General prohibitions: 30 TAC 335.4

Notification: 30 TAC 335.6

Permits: 30 TAC 335.23

Recordkeeping: 30 TAC 335.24

Lead-acid batteries: 30 TAC 335.251, 30 TAC 328.11 to 328.19


Computer recycling: 30 TAC 328.131 to 328.155

Television recycling: 5 H&SC 361.971 to 361.992

Nonhazardous waste recycling:

Waste minimization and recycling: 5 Texas Health and Safety Code (H&SC) 361.421 to 361.510 and 30 TAC 328

Plastics labeling: Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act, 5 H&SC 369 and 30 TAC 328.123

Used oil: 30 TAC 328.21 to 328.28

Regulatory Agency

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Texas follows the federal rules for hazardous waste recycling but has adopted several more stringent state rules. See the national section RECYCLING to review the federal rules. Texas also requires manufacturers to offer computer and television take back and recycling programs. The state has adopted specific rules that apply to the recycling of nonhazardous industrial solid waste.

Texas has adopted the federal rule that conditionally excludes cathode-ray tubes (CRTs) from the definition of solid waste. The exclusion applies to CRTs that are recycled or reused in accordance with the federal regulations and will facilitate the recycling and reuse of this electronic component. See the national section HAZWASTE DETERMINATION (CLASSIFICATION) for more information.

Administration and enforcement.

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State Requirements

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