Fort Worth Recycling Plan Passes with Key Upgrades
September 27, 2017
By Corey Troiani, D/FW Program Director
Developing a pilot curbside food composting program for residents (2018)
Preparing an ordinance for recycling where people work in the city, i.e. at all businesses (2018)
Involving stakeholders and advocacy groups in the plan’s implementation
Raising the city’s recycling goal from 40-50% to 60% by 2037
Evaluating a curbside collection program for textiles, clothing, kitchenware, furniture and mattresses (2018)
Making waste reduction and recycling more competitive by evaluating a raise on landfill tipping fees (2018)
On Tuesday, September 12, the city council listened to a final round of public testimony—all speakers and public comment cards were supportive of the plan—and the council voted unanimously to finally approve it (there were two absences).
Fort Worth is now the second city in North Texas to adopt a long-range resource management plan that puts the city on a path to Zero Waste. As neighboring cities consider how to plan for better resource management in the future, they now have two examples—Fort Worth and Dallas—on how to engage with interested residents, advocacy groups and community leaders. We applaud the efforts of city staff and councilmembers that helped aid in the development of this plan, and we look forward to lending our support in implementing these programs and objectives.