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Funding

The Solid Waste Management Department provides funding for eligible local and regional municipal solid waste management projects in support of the goals and objectives of the adopted Regional Solid Waste Management Plan (RSWMP) for the Brazos Valley Council of Governments (BVCOG) region.  Funding for this program is provided through a grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), under the authority of the Texas Health and Safety Code, Section 361.014.

Categories

The following project categories are eligible for funding.  Under each category heading is a brief description of the purpose of that category, as well as special requirements pertaining to that project category.

Local Enforcement

Funds may be used for projects that contribute to the prevention of illegal dumping of municipal solid waste, including liquid wastes. Funding recipients may investigate illegal dumping problems; enforce laws and regulations pertaining to the illegal dumping of municipal solid waste, including liquid wastes; establish a program to monitor the collection and transport of municipal liquid wastes through administration of a manifesting system; and educate the public on illegal dumping laws and regulations.

Litter & Illegal Dumping Cleanup & Community Collection Events

Funds may be used for ongoing and periodic activities to clean up litter and illegal dumping of municipal solid waste. Projects may include support for Lake and River Cleanup events, conducted in conjunction with the TCEQ's and Keep Texas Beautiful's Lake and Waterway Cleanup Program. Funded activities may include: waste removal; disposal or recycling of removed materials; fencing and barriers; and signage. Placement of trash collection receptacles in public areas with chronic littering problems may also be funded. Reuse or recycling options should be considered for managing the materials cleaned up under this program, to the extent feasible. Funds may also be used for periodic community collection events, held not more frequently than four times per year, to provide for collection of residential waste materials for which there is not a readily-available collection alternative, such as large and bulky items that are not picked up under the regular collection system.

Source Reduction & Recycling

Funds may be used for projects that provide a direct and measurable effect on reducing the amount of municipal solid waste going into landfills, by diverting various materials from the municpal solid waste stream for reuse or recycling, or by reducing waste generation at the source. Funded activities may include: diversion from the waste stream and/or collection, processing for transport, and transportation of materials for reuse and/or recycling; implementation of efficiency improvements in order to increase source reduction and recycling, to include full-cost accounting systems and cost-based rate structures, establishment of a solid waste services enterprise fund, and mechanisms to track and assess the level of recycling activity in the community on a regular basis; and educational and promotional activities to increase source reduction and recycling.

Local Solid Waste Management Plans

Funds may be used for projects to develop local solid waste management plans in accordance with the Texas Health & Safety Code, Chapter 363, as implemented by state rule in Title 30 Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC), Chapter 330. It is recommended that at least one year be allowed for the completion and adoption of a local plan. Local Solid Wste Management Plans must meet the goals and objectives of the RSWMP.

Citizens' Collection Stations & “Small” Registered Transfer Stations

Funds may be used for projects to construct and equip citizens' collection stations, as these facilities are defined under 30 TAC 330.3, TCEQ Regulations. Municipal Solid Waste Transfer Stations that qualify for registration under Section 330.3 or 330.11(e) of the TCEQ Regulations may also be funded. Projects funded for these types of facilities shall include consideration of an integrated approach to solid waste management, to include providing recycling services at the site, if appropriate to the management system in place.

Household Hazardous Waste Management

Funds may be used for projects that provide a means for the collection, recycling or reuse, and/or proper disposal of household hazardous waste, including household chemicals, electronic wastes, and other materials. Funded activities may include: collection events; consolidation and transportation costs associated with collection activities; recycling or reuse of materials; proper disposal of materials; permanent collection facilities, and education and public awareness programs. Funds may also be used to support Texas Country Cleanup events, conducted in conjunction with the TCEQ.

Technical Studies

Funds may be used for projects which include the collection of pertinent data, analysis of issues and needs, evaluation of alternative solutions, public input, and recommended actions, to assist in making solid waste management decisions at the local level. Projects may also include research and investigations to determine the location, boundaries, and contents of closed municipal solid waste landfills and sites, and to assess possible risks to human health or the environment associated with those landfills and sites.

Educational & Training Projects

Educational components are encouraged under the other categories in order to better ensure public participation in projects; those educational components should be funded as part of those projects and not separately under this category. Funds may also be used for "stand-alone" educational projects dealing with a variety of solid waste management topics. Projects may include funding for information-exchange activities, subject to the other limitations on travel expenses.

Other Types of Projects

(Per the grant contract, the BVCOG may include in the regional funding plan or regional solid waste management plan other types of projects that are not specifically prohibited in the detailed funding standards. If accepted by TCEQ, the BVCOG must then request an amendment to the grant contract to include authorization for the additional project or category fo projects. If the request is approved by the TCEQ and authorization provided, the BVCOG may then include the additional project category in the list of eligible projects.)