Texas Detailed Plans to Develop Recycling Market in the Future

The new federal instructions and frameworks aim to make the recycling rates reach at least 50 percent by the year 2030. This has been clearly indicated by and through the recent National Recycling Strategy introduction by the EPA. For this purpose, local and state authorities have been quick to get into action. If we look at Texas specifically, a major stride towards the target has been made by Burns & McDonnell by preparing an RMDP (Recycling Market Development Plan) exploring the impact of non-recycled materials on the economy and their cost of opportunity. Not only that, but the report also presents its research on the available feedstock in not just the public sectors but private as well.  

The report describes its significance and functionality in the following words, “This RMDP provides value to a range of stakeholders within Texas and outside of the state; including organizations tasked with recycling market development in Texas, businesses seeking recycling-related data and opportunity in the state, and entities developing recycling market development strategies in other states or regions.” 

With proper detailing of strategies, opportunities, challenges, and conditions of the commodity-specific market and the volume of materials, the report paves the way for the enhancement of recycling across the nation, especially in Texas. The RMDP took the SEIR (Study on the Economic Impacts of Recycling) as well as many other past completed studies into account and built on it to reach new updated figures and statistics. Keeping the explored information and data in mind, the report presents specific and effective strategies to leverage the different available physical, administrative, financial, and institutional processes, means, and methods. Recycling in the US is fragmented

The report plays a significant role in Texas electronics recycling as well as Texas electronics recyclers can utilize the research and findings of the report to streamline their processes. The methodologies, strategies, and procedures that the report suggests applying to the disposal of IT equipment and the industry can face a boom by embracing them. CompuCycle has been serving the nation for over 26 years now and has always supported steps towards increasing the recycling rate in the country. It is one of the best IT asset recycling companies in the US and is Responsible Recycling (R2) certified.  

The need for recycling IT assets cannot be overlooked, as from 2015 to 2019, the total municipal solid waste increased by 3.7 million tons. A fair share of this waste is e-waste which has been the fastest-growing type of waste in the US for quite a few years now. The RMDP presents a set of plans that are developed using a two-pronged approach. It enables stakeholders to establish different resources and tools to expand the market’s capacity through cross-material and general strategies. On the other hand, individual priority materials can benefit from recommendations that are specific to materials.  

Furthermore, the report also explores the distinct roles of stakeholders, such as local governments, COGs (Councils of Governments), universities in Texas, state agencies, etc. For example, the report states, “These roles are based on the selection of appropriate tools and mechanisms for each entity, consideration of agencies’ respective missions, programs and activities, and past and current roles in recycling market development. In addition to selecting appropriate tools and mechanisms, it is also important to ensure that efforts to strengthen recycling market development are managed properly.” 

In total, there are six recommendations in the RMDP directed towards the purpose of developing the recycling market. One of these recommendations is the establishment of a Recycling Market Development Board to guide the centers that are newly established and to boost the efforts for the cause that are multi-organizational. Another is the creation of TxRMDC (Texas Recycling Market Development Center), which should be nonprofit and situated at one of the Texas universities.  

The report puts a high value on the importance of the contribution of the private sector. Experienced and dependable IT asset recycling companies like CompuCycle can present realistic solutions and recover resources that are scarce. The report also suggests that collaboration between the private and public sectors is important for the targeted enhancements to take place. Another part of the report signifies the importance of efficient and consistent tracking of the recycled materials, especially those that are used and bought/sold within Texas. The processors, as well as manufacturers, are to play a significant role in determining the improvement and growth in the recycling rates.  

When it comes to recycling IT assets and IT equipment disposal, these recommendations and strategies can play a key role in enhancing the volumes of recovered electronics. CompuCycle being a key player in Texas electronics recycling, is ready and equipped to take on the additional workload to continue to efficiently perform its IT equipment disposal processes. The company has taken on several programs to increase its collaborations with other stakeholders and various certified Texas electronic recyclers, and it plans to continue to do so moving forward. Recycling and disposal of IT equipment through environmentally friendly processes is something CompuCycle already excels in and is ready to offer its support to all willing parties. For corporate IT assets disposal and recycling across the nation, contact CompuCycle for expert and specialized services.  

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