With the approval of the 2017 – 2037 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan (CSWMP), the City of Fort Worth has undertaken one of it’s largest green initiatives to-date, setting our community on a 20-year journey towards making Fort Worth a greener, and increasingly better place to live.
View the 2017 – 2037 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan
- Complete 2017-2037 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan with all appendices
- 2017-2037 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan
- Appendix A — Glossary of Terms
- Appendix B — Index of Topics
- Appendix C — Outreach Efforts
- Appendix D — Program Evaluation Report
- Appendix E — Recommendations Report
- Appendix F — Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan
The 2017 – 2037 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan was developed to serve as a roadmap for how waste is to be handled and managed in Cowtown in the next 20 years. The Plan is:
- Comprehensive. It covers the totality of the municipal solid waste, instead of being limited to one of it’s sectors.
- Systematic rather than being an atomized approach to solid waste management
- Synergetic, identifying and recommending mutually-helpful initiatives with other city departments and outside agencies that benefit all, and promote the common good. Advancing those potential intra and inter-agency collaborations will bring to fruition the full benefits of the CSWMP to the city.
Just the facts
Fort Worth is growing
- It’s grown by 50 percent over the last 20 years.
- Residential waste only comprises about one third of all of the waste generated within the city.
- Industrial, commercial and institutional waste comprises the remaining two-thirds.
The city’s short-term goal is to divert 40 percent of all the waste away from the landfill through recycling and other programs by 2023.
- Prior to 2003, the city diverted 7 percent of waste.
- In 2013, the city diverted 24 percent. See what kinds of waste are making their way to the landfill.
The city intends it’s 2017 – 2037 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan to have a positive and long-lasting impact on all aspects of waste diversion, material reuse and recycling, resource recovery, and material disposal be it residential or commercial.
The city’s goals are:
I. Preservation of Southeast Landfill
II. Incorporate Commercial & Industrial Waste Strategies
III. Engage and Promote Environmental Stewardship
IV. Grow Top-Shelf Residential Services
V. Roadmap for Future Policy Considerations
- Extending the life span of the Southeast Landfill (SELF)
- Creation of a Material Management Program
- Advancing an organic pilot program
- Increasing residential city recycling
- Increasing commercial city recycling
- Decreasing recycling contamination
- Supporting the City’s litter plan
For additional information please refer to the Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan above.
Stay in the loop on the city's Comprehensive Solid Waste Plan.
- Comprehensive Solid Waste Plan kickoff presentation (Jan. 8, 2013).
- Update on Comprehensive Solid Waste Plan (Feb. 5, 2015)
- Presentation to City Council (Aug. 2 2016)
- Comprehensive Solid Waste Plan Signed Resolution (Sept. 12, 2017).