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 25 years KTR members have recycled over 300 million pounds of material. This has generated over $10.5 million in revenue for these communities and saved 463,096 cubic yards of landfill space and over $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.
Learn more about Keep Texas Recycling
On America Recycles Day in 2019, the boards of Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) and Cooperative Teamwork and Recycling Assistance (CTRA) announced that they will merge to create a new program of KTB called Keep Texas Recycling. CTRA dissolved, however their services to implement and expand recycling programs throughout the state continue through the Keep Texas Recycling program. The Keep Texas Recycling program will provide cooperative marketing of recyclable commodities and technical assistance to underserved Texas communities.
Joint Base San Antonio Qualified Recycling Program Awarded the National Recycling Hero Award
Learn more about Keep Texas Recycling and its history as the Cooperative Teamwork and Recycling Assistance organization.
- New! Blog: Keep Texas Recycling 101
- Accomplishments & Goals
- In the news: CTRA Creates Community Recycling Programs
- In the news: Are Recycling Marketing Cooperatives Still An Effective Option for Rural Systems?
- Project Highlights
- KTR Case Study - Texas Pan Handle and Rio Grande Valley
- KTR Case Study - Texas Gulf Coast
- Fact Sheet
- 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.
- Don't Recycle PPE Video (EPA)