Keep Texas Recycling
What does Keep Texas Recycling do?
Our Keep Texas Recycling (KTR) program, provides a variety of services that help increase recycling opportunities throughout the state of Texas.
The KTR Cooperative
Since 1994, KTR's main focus has been cooperative opportunities for recycling in rural and underserved communities. Currently, KTR has 55+ entities within the cooperative that includes civic groups, private industry, military bases, government entities, and school districts. Members of the cooperative benefit from KTR's services which include: consultation on the implementation or improvement of a recycling program, contract negotiations with end-markets, community outreach, and grant writing services. In the last 28 years KTR members have recycled over 310 million pounds of material. This has generated over $11.4 million in revenue for these communities and saved 500,000 cubic yards of landfill space and over $5.5 million in landfill fees!
KTR has worked with a variety of entities to increase recycling opportunities. This work has focused on specific commodities, hard-to-recycle items and how to improve current recycling operations through proven efficiency strategies. Projects also include public awareness campaigns focused on increasing volume of items recycled and decreasing contamination. Partnerships between national organizations, brands and government entities have helped KTR expand collection sites and items collected at these sites, which has been vital to increasing recycling access in Texas.
KTR provides technical assistance throughout the state of Texas, to any and all communities and groups interested in recycling. The majority of this work is done through public workshops, training and webinars to reach a larger audience but can include can include site visits and individual consulting services, often crucial to understanding the needs of each community. This assistance typically includes recycling education, staff training, market assistance and capacity building. KTR has been invited to advise and work with groups in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and even Alberta, Canada!
For more information on how COVID-19 is affecting the recycling industry and tips on keeping your staff safe, please visit the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) Resource Page.
Keep Texas Recycling named a 2020 Texas Environmental Excellence Award Winner, presented by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
The Texas Environmental Excellence Awards is an annual awards program that honors achievements in environmental preservation and protection with ten award categories that provide citizens, communities, businesses, and organizations an opportunity to obtain the state’s highest environmental honor and be recognized for their environmental projects.
This civic community award honors community partner projects that work together to support environmental sustainability. Learn more about Keep Texas Recycling’s work across the state in this short video.
- Learn more about Keep Texas Recycling and its history as the Cooperative Teamwork and Recycling Assistance organization.