Sugar Land solid waste, recycling program bags state award
The Texas Public Works Association (TPWA) selected the City of Sugar Land to receive a Sustainability Practices Award for achievements in solid waste and recycling.
The award recognizes individuals, teams or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to promote sustainability in public works.
Sugar Land was recognized for an ongoing public education campaign to make residents aware of solid waste and recycling services intended to reduce waste sent to landfills.
Sugar Land’s enhanced solid waste and recycling program was implemented several years ago with the goal to increase services and reduce the amount of solid waste sent to landfills. At that time, just 10 percent of waste was being diverted from landfills.
The enhanced solid waste and recycling program now includes automated collections of garbage and recycling, a bulky waste program and increased recycling services such as a green waste recycling program.
The city designed an education and marketing campaign to ensure residents are aware of the program. The campaign included both traditional and modern advertising including videos, education events, news releases, mailers, etc. The City of Sugar Land has also made use of social media and developed an informative smart phone app to better educate residents.
Through the education campaign and a partnership with Republic Services, the city was able to provide the enhanced services at a savings to taxpayers of $800,000 annually and diverted more than 36 percent of solid waste from landfills in 2013.
To learn more about Sugar Land’s solid waste and recycling services, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/solidwaste.
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