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Austin authorizes short-term contracts to ensure trash, recycling will continue to be collected from city facilities
KVUE News Austin: Under the new contracts, trash and recycling will not go to the controversial Austin Community Landfill, which neighbors claim has been a bad neighbor.
Pilots, activists urge Austin council to reject landfill expansion near airport
Austin American-Statesman: Pilots and environmental advocates on Thursday urged Austin city leaders to reject the expansion of a landfill near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, fearing an increased danger of jets colliding with vultures and other birds drawn to the site.
Opponents of Austin trash transfer station take their case to the state
Austin Monitor: A proposal to build a garbage transfer station in North Austin is facing growing opposition from public officials, neighbors and environmental groups.
Plan de empresa de recolección de basura genera oposición en este de Austin
Telemundo Austin: El plan de Waste Management, la compañía de recolección de basura de transformar un basurero del este de Austin en una planta de transferencia de desechos está generado oposición de vecinos, líderes locales y ambientalistas.
Proposed landfill expansion could attract more birds near Austin’s airport, environmental group says
KVUE News Austin: Texas Campaign for the Environment, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting pollution, argues the Travis County Landfill is operating in a way that is attracting birds, causing hazards to air traffic.
Good News and Bad News for Neighbors of Austin Community Landfill
Austin Chronicle: After worrying that Austin’s most controversial landfill might soon be growing, neighbors and activists celebrated a win that would ensure the facility’s closure. But Waste Management is now planning to instead build a trash transfer station, possibly perpetuating concerns for decades longer.
Texas legislature passes two waste permitting laws
Waste Dive: Texas is known for being less restrictive than some states when it comes to solid waste permitting — especially for landfills — so the passage of these seemingly minor laws is notable.
2019 Legislature Wraps up with Wins and Losses
From our blog: Texas Campaign for the Environment worked with neighbors of waste facilities or proposed waste facilities to get two good bills passed into law. We also helped defeat some legislation that would have made it more difficult to oppose pollution permits and pre-empt local governments when it came to waste facilities and tree ordinances, for instance.
Texas part of national push for laws promoting fledgling chemical recycling industry
Houston Chronicle: The legislation was opposed by environmental groups, which argued that chemical recycling projects produce additional air pollution without significantly decreasing plastic waste.