TakeBack Programs Have Business and Bi-Partisan Support in Texas and Nationwide

TakeBack programs have become a popular bipartisan, market-based strategy for solid waste management, especially solid waste that contains toxic materials. To date, 23 states have passed legislation creating takeback programs for electronic waste, or e-waste. Additionally, nationwide there are 74 producer takeback programs covering ten categories of products. Texas has two producer takeback laws on the books- one for computers and the other for TVs.

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Dallas Will Charge Fees for Plastic Bag Use
Video: The Dallas City Council has passed a proposal ordering retailers to charge a fee for one-time use plastic bags while partially banning them from city-owned facilities. Watch the story here! (NBC News D/FW)

Leaking landfills fuel contamination concerns across state
Video: A report by the Texas Campaign for the Environment says 40 percent of the nearly 200 active landfills in Texas are leaking toxins, and one of Lubbock's two landfills is on the list. The 2013 report uses Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) data from 2012. (Fox News 34 Lubbock)

Caldwell County residents hope to use landfill ban to stop proposed facility
Citizens fighting a proposed dump start their efforts off with a big victory when their county commissioners pass an ordinance which aims to ban such facilities from Caldwell County. (Austin American-Statesman)

Dallas OKs gas drilling rules that are among nation’s tightest
Video: The long and winding road of gas drilling in Dallas has reached its end. The city council voted on a new ordinance on gas drilling Wednesday. (CBS 11 News D/FW)

Plastic bag ban proposed for San Antonio
The single-use plastic bag, ubiquitous at grocers and convenience stores, could get sacked in San Antonio under a City Council member's proposal that will go public Tuesday.(San Antonio Express-News)