They say everything is bigger in Texas. Well, they weren’t kidding! We’re proud to announce that the Texas Recycling Data Initiative (TRDI) results are in and it was a BIG success. TRDI is a voluntary, collaborative, and confidential study that, with the help of Re-TRAC Connect, quantifies the amount of recycling that occurred in Texas in 2013 and establishes a baseline recycling rate to measure future progress.
Here are some of the highlights:
- Over 6 million tons of material from municipal solid waste (MSW) sources was recycled (sold to market as feedstock to create new products) in 2013.
- Based on the tons of MSW recycled, the baseline MSW recycling rate calculated by TRDI for 2013 is 18.9 percent.
- Estimates of 12,500+ Texas jobs are supported by processing materials recovered from the MSW stream to prepare them for use by recycling manufacturers! This does not include collection, transportation, and manufacturing.
- TRDI found that nearly 555,000 tons of curbside collected recyclable material was processed in 2013, equating to an annual average of around 500 pounds per household.
Download the full report: A Collaborative Effort to Measure Recycling: Biennial Report (January 2015)