How are we doing?

In partnership with our long term goal of thinking about our resources before we use them, Travis County is dedicated to reuse and recycle of those resources when we do!

Annual Report 

Policy and Reports

Texas Health and Safety Code (Section 361.425) establishes county requirements for recycling. Under this law, counties must establish and operate programs to separate and collect recyclable materials after they are used, and (Section 361.426) purchase products made of recycled material. The Travis County Commissioners’ Court adopted the Travis County Waste Management Policy on December 17, 1996, to: reduce material and waste disposal costs, reduce the volume of material sent to landfills, reduce the use of limited natural resources, prevent environmental pollution associated with waste disposal and promote the purchase and use of recycled materials.

Since 1996 the program has evolved and expanded and now includes the recycling or reuse of: paper and corrugated cardboard; scrap metal, aluminum cans, brass, steel, batteries and copper; automotive oil, used oil filters, antifreeze and tires; computers, monitors and small electronics; composting: dead animals and pre-consumer food scraps; wood material including pallets, mulch, brush and limbs; textiles, like sheets and uniforms; plastic and glass; and household hazardous waste.

Travis County Fiscal Year 2013 Recycling Program Annual Report

Travis County Fiscal Year 2012 Recycling Program Annual Report


Did you know?

  • Travis County recycled 25 barrels of spent oil filters in FY 2012.
  • Only one gallon of used oil is needed to produce 2.5 quarts of lubricating oil, whereas 42 gallons of crude oil would be needed for the same 2.5 quarts of oil. Refining used oil takes 70% less energy than refining crude oil.
  • Travis County has an agreement with Dell to take-back all Dell manufactured equipment for recycling or reuse and receives a portion of the revenue from the electronics Dell recycles.
  • The Del Valle Correctional Facility composting program on average composts 38 lbs. of food scraps a week. The compost created supports the on-site, three and half acre organic garden, which supplements inmate meals.
  • Parks & Facilities delivers truckloads of organic material are composted and kept out of the landfill.
  • We work closely with partners like the City of Austin and their zero-waste initiatives like Austin ReBlend, who remixes good latex paint and is provided at low-cost to the public.
  • Our paper recycling efforts kept an estimated 210,443 cubic yards of waste out of the landfill in FY2012.
  • More stats from FY2013 coming soon!

Check out the details:

FY2012 Stats group