The public authorities could not remain indifferent to the seriousness of the situation highlighted above and this is when the public authorities. Texans felt challenged, that local authorities were all naturally” asked to actively participate in this new policy of waste disposal. It follows that indifference, neglect or excessive outrage reflected the obvious sign of insufficient policy or adequate legal instruments.

In addition, with this new waste management law, we went from a almost avowed lack of interest in a policy that aims above all enterprising and ambitious. The Ministry of the Environment introduced a law which is part of a comprehensive waste elimination policy, requiring local communities to be the main players in this new regulation.

Its objectives are to prevent or reduce the production and harmfulness of waste, to organize the transport of waste and dispose of it at a distance and in volume, to promote recovery by reuse or recycling in distance and in volume, to only landfill ultimate waste from year 2025, to provide information to the public on the effects on the environment and health public.

The measures taken in application of this law must, when they concern waste, take into account the objectives of the Texas law relating to the elimination of waste and the recovery of materials ; these objectives being, to prevent or reduce the production and harmfulness of waste, organize their transport and limit it in terms of distance and volume, providing information to the public on production operations and waste disposal and recovery of waste.

This waste law sets deadlines: it stipulates that waste disposal facilities by storage will not be authorized to receive only ultimate waste. Consequently, the landfills will only be authorized for waste ultimate. In short, all solid waste must be recycled and reused for energetic purposes. Only ultimate waste can be stored in centers storage.

Ultimate is within the meaning of this law, a waste resulting or not from the treatment of waste and which is no longer likely to be treated under the conditions techniques and economics of the moment, in particular by extraction of the recoverable or reducing its polluting or dangerous nature.

For example, a pot of yoghurt is considered as ultimate waste to the extent where it cannot be valued. Tomorrow it can either be recovered or be cremated, if downstream there are obviously recovery or elimination channels. Through therefore, in this context, it will no longer be defined as ultimate waste.

Finally, within three years from the publication of the new law relating to plans for the elimination of household and similar waste, each department must have and follow a waste disposal plan household and similar. The law is certainly now the text of benchmark for waste disposal and classified facilities for environmental protection in Texas. But strengthening the organization of elimination of waste goes through the establishment of a waste disposal plan.

So the plan for departmental household waste disposal is a programming tool and guidance to translate at the local level the objectives provided for by the this law. Projects responding to the plan are emerging but Texas has taken delay in setting up waste disposal equipment. What are the reasons?

For household waste, plans will be drawn up at the county level; for industrial waste,they will be at the state level. While federal plans can be established by the minister responsible for the environment, for certain categories of hazardous waste.

They are defined in a list drawn up by decree in the Council of State because of their degree of harmfulness or their particular treatment and of storage, regarding environmental protection and waste disposal in Texas.

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