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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.Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.
At long last, all Dallas apartments will have to offer recycling
Dallas Morning News: The City Council voted unanimously to approve the new recycling mandate, which is meant to help push Dallas toward its “zero-waste” goals and divert materials from landfills.
Most Austin city parks lack recycling though donations funded bins in biggest parks
Politifact: TCE’s handout says that “as many as 293 out of 300” Austin city “parks have no recycling, including almost every neighborhood park.” We rate the statement TRUE.
Dallas Takes a Huge Step toward Universal Recycling
From our blog: A committee of seven Dallas City Councilmembers voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that would require all apartments to begin recycling programs by January 1, 2020. The ordinance is scheduled for a full City Council vote on June 13.
Will PARD ever get enough money to implement recycling in the parks?
Austin Monitor: Resolution passes to recommend that in 2019 City Council fund the initiative to expand the recycling program in city of Austin parks and recreational facilities.
Where Do Cedar Park Mayor and Council Candidates Stand on Zero Waste?
From our blog: To help voters know just where the candidates stand, we asked the 8 candidates several questions about recycling and waste reduction.
Two Dallas Bars Ditching Plastic Straws
GreenSource DFW: Two Dallas bar owners recently announced they are switching from plastic to paper straws this month.