Annual Report: Resource Recovery

The Resource Recovery program is responsible for solid waste planning in the AACOG region. This also involves helping local governments implement waste diversion programs which include recycling, composting, proper handling of hazardous waste, and educating the public on good environmental stewardship. Funding for these activities comes from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) through AACOG to local governments seeking assistance for their waste diversion projects.

The Resource Recovery program monitors the implementation and completion of the funded waste diversion projects. In addition, the Resource Recovery staff offers educational outreach for schools and other groups. Each year at least one training workshop is held for local enforcement officers on illegal dumping. A new workshop on abandoned tires was also held this year.

The Resource Recovery program also maintains the Closed Landfill Inventory for the 13-county AACOG region.

Even with reduced funding from TCEQ for AACOG pass-through implementation grants, the Resource Recovery program saw the expansion of waste diversion programs in 2013. Wilson County joined other AACOG counties with their own brand new single-stream recycling drop-off centers. The cities of San Antonio and New Braunfels launched smart phone applications that will provide their residents with information on recycling in their respective cities, what to do with their hazardous materials, and other pertinent information on solid waste services and events. Comal County initiated a year-round drop-off program for e-waste which they shrink-wrap on pallets using grant funded machinery.

To stretch the funding as much as possible the Resource Recovery program joined with the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) and the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) to offer a free Illegal Dumping Enforcement Training Seminar in October which was open to attendees throughout the AACOG region.

As one of the San Antonio Water Systems’ (SAWS) MedDropSA partners, AACOG also distributed event flyers throughout 2013 to help increase the poundage of medicines collected at MedDropSA collection events, as did a grant used by SAWS for radio and newspaper ads to inform the public of proper medicine disposal at MedDropSA collections.

SAWS MedDropSA Collection

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