Environmentalists are praising a new Dallas trash plan adopted by the City Council on Wednesday, but some people who've worked on it still have concerns.

"Dallas is only the second city in all of Texas to pass a zero waste plan for the long term and that’s great, that’s huge. That shows real environmental leadership," said Zac Trahan with Texas Campaign for the Environment.

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The Texas TV TakeBack Law has taken effect, and all television manufacturers selling products in the state have published their recycling programs for consumers. Similar to programs resulting from the previous Computer TakeBack Law, these manufacturer-based recycling options are listed on a state environmental agency website:

www.texasrecyclestvs.com

Today, our production and disposal system is unsustainable both in terms of the resources consumed and the wastes created. TCE Fund is working to create a fundamental shift in the way waste is conceived of and handled in the US. The Story of Electronics is a video created to promote responsible recycling in the electronics industry.

Capri Sun maker Kraft tells kids to “Respect the Pouch,” in one of their ad campaigns. We’re asking Kraft to “Respect the Planet” and stop trashing the Earth with unrecyclable packaging waste. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Many other companies package their products in unsustainable packaging that is basically “designed for the dump.”

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One Bin plan faces hurdles
Ever since city officials first announced an ambitious plan to overhaul lackluster recycling in Houston, allowing residents to mix all of their waste in one bin to be sorted and converted into marketable materials at a first-of-its-kind facility, the idea has been dogged by environmental concerns. (Houston Chronicle)

Texas Attorney General Says Most Single-Use Bag Bans Legal
In a non-binding opinion, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said that only bag bans enacted for "solid waste management" might be illegal under Texas law. Abbott’s office left the door open for Texas cities and towns seeking to prevent the many other costs and harms of bag pollution, giving new hope to environmental and conservation advocates around the state. (TCE Press Release)

Assault on Batteries
When I was a kid, I had this cool robot that rolled around, flashed lights, and made weird sounds. It had a backpack that held two of those big AA batteries. Now, Rayovac is drawing negative attention for being the one leading battery manufacturer of the Big Four to refuse to take back dead batteries. (The Cap Times)


Reliant Eco-Share Program Contributes to TCE Fund
Reliant Energy has launched a program that allows its customers to help reduce their carbon footprints through the purchase of carbon offsets. And for each customer-purchased offset, Reliant will make a contribution to EarthShare of Texas and its participating organizations, including Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund. Click here for more.