Waste Management of Texas, Inc.'s (Waste Management's) Austin Community Landfill is a municipal solid waste landfill operating under the regulations of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The landfill is permitted to accept non-hazardous household, commercial, industrial, and special waste, as well as construction and demolition debris. The landfill does not accept hazardous or radioactive waste.
The Austin Community Landfill currently accepts approximately 2,000 tons of waste each day, the majority of which comes from Travis County residents and businesses.
Approximately 1.8 million people resided in the 10-county Capital Area in 2009. According to data compiled by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, each resident generates more than 6.5 pounds of trash every day. Given Travis County’s population of more than 1 million residents and businesses generate, on average, nearly 3,500 tons of waste every day.
Waste Management’s Austin Community Landfill is located at Highway 290 East and Giles Road. Located in the center of the landfill, Waste Management’s landfill gas-to-energy plant generates “green” power, enough to power 6,000 homes.
Working with neighbors and environmental groups, Waste Management has developed a Wildlife Habitat Park, which is located off Springdale Road.
Waste Management strives to be a good neighbor by operating its facilities in an environmentally safe manner, communicating with neighbors, hosting Open House meetings, participating in community events, and supporting local schools and non-profit groups.