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DETCOG's regional solid waste programs expanding


CROCKETT – It took three trucks to haul away the electronic items brought to Electronic Recycle Day in Crockett. "It exceeded our best expectations," said the Director of Crockett's Landfill, Ray Fleming. Joan Meeks of Commodity Recycling Solutions, LLC, Houston County's partner in the project, reported 28,000 pounds of electronic items were brought in. The extensive Houston County recycling program has been one of beneficiaries of DETCOG's Regional Solid Waste grants. The funding for the program comes from a $0.50 per load surcharge collected at landfills across the region by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The payout of those funds was dramatically reduced last legislative session so the retained funds could count towards balancing the state budget. Legislative leaders are working to restore those payouts in the upcoming budget period. "This is an exceptional program for the cities and counties in the Deep East Texas Council of Governments region," said DETCOG Executive Director Walter Diggles "their representatives on our Solid Waste Committee are able to take the money generated from the landfills in the region and decide which regional recycling, solid waste management and local dumping enforcement projects will be funded." In the Crockett Landfill Manager's report to Houston County Judge Erin Ford he made the point that Electronics Recycling Day kept 14 tons of electronic items from ending up in creek-beds, beside the city and county roads and in the landfill. An added benefit is Commodity Recycling Solutions is now establishing a satellite office in Crockett so that all future electronic materials collected by the city and citizens of Houston County can be diverted to them


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