This program has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into local projects for environmental cleanup, recycling and community beautification.
Environmental Cleanup & Protection
DETCOG administers a Regional Solid Waste Grant Program which is funded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This program has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into local projects for environmental cleanup, recycling and community beautification. From 2010 through 2020 the program has provided more than $843,179.38 to fund local projects. In the latest completed funding cycle, grants were awarded for recycling, general solid waste management, household hazardous waste management, organic waste management, and used oil management.
DETCOG Regional Solid Waste Advisory Committee Report
DETCOG Regional Solid Waste Advisory Committee met Thursday, October 16, 2020 at the Lufkin City Hall 300 E. Shepherd St., Room 202, Lufkin, TX 75902
The committee heard solid waste grant program applicant presentations and then reviewed and scored their applications.
Based on the available $63,724.38, the committee recommends funding the five (5) grants at the following level:
The committee recommends that any funds not claimed by the other applicants are to be made available to Angelina Beautiful Clean for their Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day.
The committee also recommends that DETCOG’s Regional Services staff be able to use any administrative funds remaining at the end of the TCEQ contract year to purchase items embellished with the “Recycle” logo that could be given to the public to promote recycling.
Acting on these recommendations the DETCOG Board approved the designated grants for the recommended funding at their October 25, 2018 meeting. The grants will now be submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for their funding approval.
Where the money comes from...
The Regional Solid Waste Grants Program is funded by revenues collected through municipal solid waste fees, or “tipping fees,” paid at landfills and appropriated by the legislature during each regularly scheduled session.
Statutorily, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) receives a portion of these funds, and a portion is allocated to the COGs for local and regional projects. Our allocation is based on a formula that considers population, area, solid waste fee generation, and public health needs