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Victory! Austin Parks Will Have Recycling

From our blog: Over the next two years every park, pool, rec center, cultural facility, sports field, and trail in the Austin will have recycling everywhere they have trash bins. Learn how support from YOU and thousands of Central Texans has made this huge victory possible!

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Grand Prairie industrial site that leaked cancer-causing chemicals under homes gets Feds’ attention

Dallas Morning News: A Grand Prairie industrial site that leaked cancer-causing chemicals has been placed on the Superfund National Priorities List, which features some of the nation’s most polluted sites.

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Report: Texas criteria for polluted site cleanup ‘significantly weaker’ than neighboring states

Texas Tribune: A new report says the standards Texas uses to determine how much — and whether — to clean up contaminated sites are ‘significantly weaker’ than those of neighboring states and the federal government.

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Environmental groups speak out at hearing on Exxon air quality permit

KIIITV News: A hearing was held by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Thursday aimed at finding out just how much opposition to the project there is.

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Twisting Tale Toward a Zero Waste Houston

From our blog: Last week Houston City Council voted to hire a company that will help local officials create and adopt a long-range waste and recycling plan. This huge victory was years in the making, and it could put Houston on a path toward Zero Waste!

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Op-Ed: Why Texas should ban plastic bags

Houston Chronicle Op-Ed: Plastic pollution is a serious problem. Let’s stop holding on so tightly to plastic bags — we’re better without them, and there’s no time like the present to act.

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Starbucks is replacing plastic straws with ‘sippy cup’ lids

CBS Austin: Starbucks announced on Monday it’s getting rid of its instantly recognizable green plastic straws, which contribute to ocean pollution and can be dangerous to marine life.

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Austin Says It Will No Longer Enforce Plastic Bag Ban, After Texas Supreme Court Ruling

KUT News Austin: The City of Austin says it will no longer enforce a ban on single-use plastic bags at most retail outlets, following a state Supreme Court ruling last month that struck down Laredo’s bag ban.

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Dallas requires apartments to offer recycling by 2020

GreenSource DFW: If you live in an apartment or a condominium in Dallas, you must have access to recycling. That’s the law, after Dallas City Council voted unanimously to require all multi-family complexes to provide recycling by 2020.

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Dallas Expands Recycling to Multifamily Buildings

NBC News DFW: Dallas apartments and other multifamily dwellings must provide recycling for residents by January 2020 under new rules unanimously approved Wednesday by the Dallas City Council.

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