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TCE Press Release September 16, 2013

Retailers Drop Lawsuit Against Austin Bag Ban, TCE Responds

Robin Schneider, Executive Director of Texas Campaign for the Environment said the following in response to today’s announcement that the Texas Retailers Association was dropping their lawsuit against the City of Austin’s single-use bag ordinance:

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TCE July 23, 2013

TCE Executive Director Statement July 23, 2013

Statement by Robin Schneider, TCE Executive Director on Staff Member’s Decision to Hold an Inappropriate Sign and Make Regrettable Comments on Her Own Time

We are very sorry that an incident occurred with one of our staff members when she chose to participate in a demonstration on her own time. She was not acting on behalf of Texas Campaign for the Environment on Saturday. Our organization has nothing to do with that controversy.

Renee, unfortunately, chose to use her time away from the office to attend a rally and hold a sign that she intended to be ironic but was genuinely hurtful. She now realizes that her actions exhibited extremely poor judgment.

As a result, we are working with our staff and board to determine the appropriate reprimand as well as to clarify our policies for all employees so that others may learn from this. We do not seek to limit employee’s free speech or freedom to protest, only to have them represent themselves in the community with the sense of justice and fair play. These values are certainly central to our organization’s ideals.

After all, TCE’s very mission is to create environmentally healthy communities, for all races and ethnicities, where kids and families can breathe clean air and avoid toxic materials.

Air Pollution

Zero Waste Houston September 17, 2014

Recycling advocates celebrate Houston City Council recycling vote, oppose "One Bin for All" proposal to undo this progress

After years of pressure from Houston residents and civic groups, City Council voted today to expand curbside single stream recycling to all of the city’s households for the first time. Organizations that have supported the expansion include Texas Campaign for the Environment (TCE) and allies with the Zero Waste Houston Coalition who are celebrating this accomplishment and urging the city to drop plans to abandon this progress by pursuing the misguided “One Bin for All” proposal.

EIP October 22, 2010

Potential Lawsuit Against LCRA and Fayette County Coal Plant

Texas Campaign for the Environment, the Environmental Integrity Project and Environment Texas put out a press release notifying the media of its intent to sue the LCRA and the Fayette County coal plant over thousands of alleged permit violations

Electronic Waste

TCE Staff April 29, 2014

Texas Campaign for the Environment Statement on New Walmart Recycling Effort

With Walmart's announcement of a significant new effort to invest in recycling infrastructure through their "Closed Loop Fund," TCE released the following statement to the press.

TCE Fund February 12, 2013

New Television TakeBack Programs Result in Huge E-waste Recycling Boost

As electronic waste recycling figures nearly double, advocates point to proposals that would create jobs and keep even more toxic materials out of the environment

TCE May 30, 2012

More than 100 Faith Leaders in All 50 States Call on Walmart to Change E-Waste Policies

As Walmart holds its annual shareholders’ meeting, environmental activists and local clergy are publishing an Open Letter signed by more than 100 faith leaders from all 50 states calling on the retail giant to match their competitors’ programs in electronic waste recycling, back a national policy against the export dumping of electronic waste on developing nations overseas and to work with their suppliers to design greener electronic products.

TCE Fund Press Release March 28, 2012

New Reports Show Texas is a Lightweight When it Comes to Recycling Electronics

Recycling advocates released two new reports which they say both demonstrate how little progress Texas has made in its effort to ramp up recycling programs for toxic electronic waste.

TCE June 16, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE: Texas Finally Has Statewide Television Recycling Law

Environmentalists and local government leaders praised Governor Perry and Texas legislators for passing a bill that will have TV manufacturers take back and recycle obsolete televisions, keeping toxic materials such as lead and mercury out of Texas landfills and water sources. Governor Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 329 into law—unlike in 2009, when Gov. Perry vetoed a similar bill. Advocates count this as one of the rare environmental victories during the 2011 Texas Legislative Session.

TCE May 19, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE: Texas House of Representatives Passes Legislation for Recycling Televisions

Environmentalists and recycling groups are celebrating a victory as a bill to spur recycling for obsolete televisions has passed unanimously through the Texas House of Representatives. The legislation, which has already passed through the Texas Senate, would ensure that all manufacturers selling TVs to Texas consumers will offer recycling programs for all residents. With support from industry groups, local governments and recycling advocates, the bill will soon head to the Governor’s desk.

TCE Fund February 24, 2011

Free e-recycling… but even fewer people know

A follow-up survey to the November 2009 release of “Free e-recycling…but nobody knows,” this study demonstrates that local governments remain uninformed with regard to e-waste recycling and the Texas Computer TakeBack Law.

TCE Fund February 23, 2011

Making TakeBack Work Better in Texas: Second year results of the Computer TakeBack Law and how Texas can do better

The good news is that the e-waste collection amounts reported by the computer manufacturers in 2010 were 60% higher than in 2009. However, four of the 78 companies selling computers in Texas collected 92% of the total showing that the law has not created a level playing field.

TCE February 11, 2011

Producer TakeBack for Computers is Catching On and Texas Needs Similar Recycling for TVs

It’s great to see that the number of pounds of computers recycled by electronics companies nearly doubled in 2010 to 24 million pounds. Texans are showing that producer takeback recycling is catching on. However, most manufacturers still aren't doing their fair share -- just a few companies were responsible for the vast majority of the total amount. It's clear that the law should have more teeth, and it's also time for the Texas Legislature and Governor to have TV-makers take responsibility for the recycling of obsolete TVs.

TCE October 19, 2010

Dell Tops Green Electronics Recycling Report Card

Printer Companies Not Making the Grade

(Austin, TX – October 19, 2010) Texas Campaign for the Environment and the Electronics TakeBack Coalition released a new report card today that grades computer, television, printer, and game console companies on their efforts to take back and recycle their old products.

TCE September 30, 2010

Landmark E-Waste Export Bill Introduced to Stop Global E-Waste Dumping

TX Congressmembers, Dell, Apple, Samsung & Environmentalists Backing Bill 

(Austin - September 30, 2010) U.S. Representatives Gene Green (D-Houston), John Carter (R-Round Rock), and Mike Thompson (D-Napa) late yesterday introduced new landmark legislation - the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act of 2010 - to stop U.S. "sham recyclers" from dumping electronic waste on developing countries. The bill is supported by environmental groups as well as electronic manufacturers Apple, Dell, and Samsung - all of which already have policies that prohibit the export of e-waste to developing nations.

TCE Fund May 11, 2010

Making TakeBack Work: First year results of the Computer TakeBack Law and how Texas can do better

TCE March 3, 2010

Governor Perry replies to your letters

Governor Perry replies to a TCE supporter’s letter to his campaign office. Read his reply and TCE's response here.

TCE press release January 14, 2010

TV Zombies Demand Secession (From Texas Landfills) at Republican Debate

The first debate in the Republican primary actually started a few minutes early when recycling advocates-turned-TV zombies descended on the debate site.

TCE/PRW November 17, 2009

Most Local Governments Leave Texans in the Dark on Producer Recycling Options

A new report shows an overwhelming majority of cities in Texas fail to provide their residents with information about free manufacturer recycling programs for old computers, televisions and other byproducts of the digital age.

Electronic Waste - Legislative Campaign

TCE June 16, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE: Texas Finally Has Statewide Television Recycling Law

Environmentalists and local government leaders praised Governor Perry and Texas legislators for passing a bill that will have TV manufacturers take back and recycle obsolete televisions, keeping toxic materials such as lead and mercury out of Texas landfills and water sources. Governor Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 329 into law—unlike in 2009, when Gov. Perry vetoed a similar bill. Advocates count this as one of the rare environmental victories during the 2011 Texas Legislative Session.

TCE May 19, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE: Texas House of Representatives Passes Legislation for Recycling Televisions

Environmentalists and recycling groups are celebrating a victory as a bill to spur recycling for obsolete televisions has passed unanimously through the Texas House of Representatives. The legislation, which has already passed through the Texas Senate, would ensure that all manufacturers selling TVs to Texas consumers will offer recycling programs for all residents. With support from industry groups, local governments and recycling advocates, the bill will soon head to the Governor’s desk.

TCE February 11, 2011

Producer TakeBack for Computers is Catching On and Texas Needs Similar Recycling for TVs

It’s great to see that the number of pounds of computers recycled by electronics companies nearly doubled in 2010 to 24 million pounds. Texans are showing that producer takeback recycling is catching on. However, most manufacturers still aren't doing their fair share -- just a few companies were responsible for the vast majority of the total amount. It's clear that the law should have more teeth, and it's also time for the Texas Legislature and Governor to have TV-makers take responsibility for the recycling of obsolete TVs.

TCE September 30, 2010

Landmark E-Waste Export Bill Introduced to Stop Global E-Waste Dumping

TX Congressmembers, Dell, Apple, Samsung & Environmentalists Backing Bill 

(Austin - September 30, 2010) U.S. Representatives Gene Green (D-Houston), John Carter (R-Round Rock), and Mike Thompson (D-Napa) late yesterday introduced new landmark legislation - the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act of 2010 - to stop U.S. "sham recyclers" from dumping electronic waste on developing countries. The bill is supported by environmental groups as well as electronic manufacturers Apple, Dell, and Samsung - all of which already have policies that prohibit the export of e-waste to developing nations.

TCE February 15, 2010

Bill White replies to your letters

Bill White replies to a TCE supporter’s letter to his campaign office. Read his reply and TCE's response here.

TCE February 15, 2010

Kay Bailey Hutchinson replies to your letters

Senator Hutchinson replies to a TCE supporter’s letter to her campaign office. Read her reply and TCE's response here.

TCE press release January 14, 2010

TV Zombies Demand Secession (From Texas Landfills) at Republican Debate

The first debate in the Republican primary actually started a few minutes early when recycling advocates-turned-TV zombies descended on the debate site.

General TCE Issues

March 12, 2014

Texas Campaign for the Environment Statement on Rep. Dan Flynn’s Request for AG Opinion on Bag Ordinances

Local governments are the ones who have to deal with the impacts of bag pollution, and local governments should have the power to address this problem. Strong ordinances restricting single-use bags are the only solution proven to work so far.

TCE Press Release February 25, 2014

Activists "Rally 2 Recycle" Against Houston's Proposal to Eliminate Curbside Recycling

Environmental and social justice advocates protest outside City Hall to fight proposed new waste facility and show support for expanding recycling to all homes, apartments and businesses 

TCE Press Release October 14, 2013

Texas Campaign for the Environment Celebrates 22 Years of Protecting Public Health with 3rd Annual “Trash Makeover Challenge” Fashion Show

 Texas Campaign for the Environment is celebrating its 22nd  anniversary by hosting its third annual Trash Makeover Challenge on Saturday, October 19th. Supporters will gather at the newly renovated Ironwood Hall to see models show fantastically creative designs from local and statewide professional, amateur and student designers.

TCE October 7, 2013

Tell Rayovac: U.S. Customers Deserve Recycling Too

Texas Campaign for the Environment has launched a campaign to press Rayovac, a major battery manufacturer, to step up their efforts on recycling and waste reduction. Unlike other major battery makers such as Duracell and Energizer, Rayovac is refusing to support recycling programs for single-use batteries, making the company a laggard. And the company already offers free battery recycling in Europe and Canada - but not here in the U.S.!

We need you to urge the company to help keep these toxic materials out of our landfills today. Take action here.

TCE March 12, 2010

2009 TCE Annual Report

Hot off the preses: Read the 2009 TCE Annual Report!

TCE December 30, 2009

Getting Results: Top 5 TCE Victories in 2009

2009 was a good year for TCE...and for all Texans who envision a more sustainable future. Thanks to our members and allies, we made significant headway on a number of important trash and recycling issues. Along the way, we also helped secure the appointment of a strong environmental advocate to lead our EPA region and the passage of a constitutional amendment that protects our treasured Texas coastal areas. We cannot thank YOU, our valued grassroots supporters, enough for making this work possible. As always, these victories are yours.

Click here to see TCE's Top 5 victories from 2009
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Liquid Waste Issues

Press Release July 3, 2014

Liquid Waste Company Sues Environmentalists for Helping Citizens Protest Proposed Facility

Texas Campaign for the Environment (TCE) filed a response this week to a lawsuit levelled against them by a liquid waste hauler and processor. TCE helped organize community meetings and raised public interest concerning the impact of the waste processing on a sensitive waterway in Rio Hondo, Texas in 2012-2013. 

Recycling

Zero Waste Houston September 17, 2014

Recycling advocates celebrate Houston City Council recycling vote, oppose "One Bin for All" proposal to undo this progress

After years of pressure from Houston residents and civic groups, City Council voted today to expand curbside single stream recycling to all of the city’s households for the first time. Organizations that have supported the expansion include Texas Campaign for the Environment (TCE) and allies with the Zero Waste Houston Coalition who are celebrating this accomplishment and urging the city to drop plans to abandon this progress by pursuing the misguided “One Bin for All” proposal.

TCE Press Release September 16, 2013

Retailers Drop Lawsuit Against Austin Bag Ban, TCE Responds

Robin Schneider, Executive Director of Texas Campaign for the Environment said the following in response to today’s announcement that the Texas Retailers Association was dropping their lawsuit against the City of Austin’s single-use bag ordinance:

Texas Campaign for the Environment July 31, 2013

Environmentalists Target Battery Maker Rayovac for Bad Record on Recycling

Texas Campaign for the Environment—TCE, a nonprofit, grassroots group known for its work on electronic waste recycling—has announced a campaign to press Rayovac, a major battery manufacturer, to step up their efforts on recycling and waste reduction.

TCE July 30, 2013

Recycling Advocates Point to "Failed Facility" as a Warning Sign for Houston

One of the signature projects highlighted by City of Houston officials pushing for a “One Bin for All” program has been scrapped before construction even began, raising serious questions about the viability of such a project in Houston.

Texas Campaign for the Environment June 17, 2013

Houston Issues RFQ for Boondoggle of a Facility to Separate Trash and Recyclables Mixed Together in One Bin

The City of Houston is soliciting bids for a boondoggle of a facility estimated to cost more than $100 million for the implementation of a program that mixes residents, paper, cardboard and containers, all of which could be easily recycled, with garbage. Such a facility would, literally, trash our recycling program that we all want to see expanded to the entire city.

Texas Campaign for the Environment May 15, 2013

Environmentalists Applaud Recycling Expansion But Opposed to City’s “Waste Scheme”

HOUSTON--Environmentalists applaud Mayor Parker’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Proposal that would expand curbside recycling to 100,000 households, while also urging her office to let curbside recycling work before adopting unproven waste schemes.

Austin Zero Waste Alliance January 30, 2013

Bag to the Future - Citizen Advocates Mark 30-Day Countdown to Austin's Single Use Bag Ordinance

Community leaders and environmental advocates marked the beginning of a 30-day countdown to implementation of Austin’s Single-Use Bag Ordinance by announcing a “Bag to the Future” concert and party, scheduled for February 28th, the day before the new law goes into effect.

TCE November 15, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE: Thousands of Good, Green Jobs Could be Created in Houston

Houston (November 15, 2011) - Today, America Recycles Day, a national report is being released that shows that if the US commits to reaching a 75% recycling rate by 2030, 1.5 million jobs can be created (More Jobs, Less Pollution, http://bit.ly/rNXBdA). The report, More Jobs, Less Pollution, was written by the Tellus Institute, a nonprofit research and policy organization based out of Boston, MA. In Texas, more than 45,000 jobs can be created through the expanded collection and recycling of municipal solid waste. This is more than twice as many jobs as advocates for controversial Keystone XL pipeline claimed would be created in the entire country. Remanufacturing of recycled materials can create thousands of additional jobs

TCE November 15, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE: New Report Shows that Increasing Recycling Will Create 1.5 Million Jobs

Austin, TX- (November 15, 2011) Recycling 75 percent of the nation’s waste will create nearly 1.5 million jobs by 2030 while significantly reducing pollution, saving water and energy, and building economically strong and healthy communities, according to a new study released today by leading labor and environmental groups. The national report, More Jobs, Less Pollution, was released as part of a series of nationwide events celebrating National Recycling Day with events also taking place in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, Austin, Houston, and Washington, D.C.

TCE August 9, 2010

Over 700 Concerned Citizens Tell UT: "Don't Trash the Tower!"

On August 25, 2010, TCE held a press conference at the University of Texas to highlight a full-page open letter in the campus paper, The Daily Texan. The letter, signed by more than 700 concerned citizens, addressed UT President, Bill Powers, and called for the halt of the sales of the disposable, UT Tower-shaped plastic water bottles, H2Orange. On this first day of classes at UT, hundreds of fliers were handed out to new and returning students asking them not to buy the unsustainable product and instead, lead the way by choosing to "B. Y. O. V. (Bring Your Own Vessel)" or buy metal canteens or rigid, multi-use plastic bottles.

Even though the names we gathered were already published, we still need your help!
Click here to add your voice!

Texas Campaign for the Environment August 5, 2010

TCE Applauds Approval of a Short-term Recycling Contract

As the Texas Campaign for the Environment Executive Director, I applaud the City Council and Solid Waste Services Department on the short-term recycling contract passed unanimously this morning.

TCE e-waste main page

TCE September 30, 2010

Landmark E-Waste Export Bill Introduced to Stop Global E-Waste Dumping

TX Congressmembers, Dell, Apple, Samsung & Environmentalists Backing Bill 

(Austin - September 30, 2010) U.S. Representatives Gene Green (D-Houston), John Carter (R-Round Rock), and Mike Thompson (D-Napa) late yesterday introduced new landmark legislation - the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act of 2010 - to stop U.S. "sham recyclers" from dumping electronic waste on developing countries. The bill is supported by environmental groups as well as electronic manufacturers Apple, Dell, and Samsung - all of which already have policies that prohibit the export of e-waste to developing nations.

TCE Fund E-Waste Focus

TCE Fund February 12, 2013

New Television TakeBack Programs Result in Huge E-waste Recycling Boost

As electronic waste recycling figures nearly double, advocates point to proposals that would create jobs and keep even more toxic materials out of the environment

TCE May 30, 2012

More than 100 Faith Leaders in All 50 States Call on Walmart to Change E-Waste Policies

As Walmart holds its annual shareholders’ meeting, environmental activists and local clergy are publishing an Open Letter signed by more than 100 faith leaders from all 50 states calling on the retail giant to match their competitors’ programs in electronic waste recycling, back a national policy against the export dumping of electronic waste on developing nations overseas and to work with their suppliers to design greener electronic products.

TCE Fund February 24, 2011

Free e-recycling… but even fewer people know

A follow-up survey to the November 2009 release of “Free e-recycling…but nobody knows,” this study demonstrates that local governments remain uninformed with regard to e-waste recycling and the Texas Computer TakeBack Law.

TCE Fund February 23, 2011

Making TakeBack Work Better in Texas: Second year results of the Computer TakeBack Law and how Texas can do better

The good news is that the e-waste collection amounts reported by the computer manufacturers in 2010 were 60% higher than in 2009. However, four of the 78 companies selling computers in Texas collected 92% of the total showing that the law has not created a level playing field.

TCE Fund May 11, 2010

Making TakeBack Work: First year results of the Computer TakeBack Law and how Texas can do better

TCE/PRW November 17, 2009

Most Local Governments Leave Texans in the Dark on Producer Recycling Options

A new report shows an overwhelming majority of cities in Texas fail to provide their residents with information about free manufacturer recycling programs for old computers, televisions and other byproducts of the digital age.

TCE Fund Landfills and Recycling Focus

TCE November 15, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE: Thousands of Good, Green Jobs Could be Created in Houston

Houston (November 15, 2011) - Today, America Recycles Day, a national report is being released that shows that if the US commits to reaching a 75% recycling rate by 2030, 1.5 million jobs can be created (More Jobs, Less Pollution, http://bit.ly/rNXBdA). The report, More Jobs, Less Pollution, was written by the Tellus Institute, a nonprofit research and policy organization based out of Boston, MA. In Texas, more than 45,000 jobs can be created through the expanded collection and recycling of municipal solid waste. This is more than twice as many jobs as advocates for controversial Keystone XL pipeline claimed would be created in the entire country. Remanufacturing of recycled materials can create thousands of additional jobs

TCE November 15, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE: New Report Shows that Increasing Recycling Will Create 1.5 Million Jobs

Austin, TX- (November 15, 2011) Recycling 75 percent of the nation’s waste will create nearly 1.5 million jobs by 2030 while significantly reducing pollution, saving water and energy, and building economically strong and healthy communities, according to a new study released today by leading labor and environmental groups. The national report, More Jobs, Less Pollution, was released as part of a series of nationwide events celebrating National Recycling Day with events also taking place in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, Austin, Houston, and Washington, D.C.

TCE Fund recent press

TCE Press Release August 29, 2014

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 recent press

TCE Press Release August 29, 2014

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 June 16, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE: Texas Finally Has Statewide Television Recycling Law

Environmentalists and local government leaders praised Governor Perry and Texas legislators for passing a bill that will have TV manufacturers take back and recycle obsolete televisions, keeping toxic materials such as lead and mercury out of Texas landfills and water sources. Governor Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 329 into law—unlike in 2009, when Gov. Perry vetoed a similar bill. Advocates count this as one of the rare environmental victories during the 2011 Texas Legislative Session.