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Keep Texas Recycling

What does Keep Texas Recycling do?

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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!

Strategic Projects
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. 

Technical Assistance
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. 

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Want to learn more? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 512-872-6630.


 Joint Base San Antonio Qualified Recycling Program Awarded the National Recycling Hero Award 

On November 15, 2020, Joint Base San Antonio and the JBSA Qualified Recycling Program were awarded the National Recycling Hero Award from 
Keep America Beautiful. 
Ordinarily, this award goes to one singular hero, but KAB and Keep Texas Beautiful chose to honor the entire recycling team after witnessing the hard work and dedication of every member of the program. Throughout the pandemic, the recycling staff has ensured that the recycling program continues and meets the needs of the 82,000 active duty, DOD and civilian personnel who work on base, and the 138,000 students who rotate through JBSA annually for training. The JBSA Qualified Recycling Program is a Keep Texas Recycling member and has worked closely with us for many years to sustain and grow their recycling efforts. We could not be prouder of the entire team for their commitment to our Texas environment. Watch this awesome video produced by 502d Public Affairs to learn more about their recycling program.


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  • Learn more about Keep Texas Recycling and its history as the Cooperative Teamwork and Recycling Assistance organization. 
  • We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment at our events and meetings. We are actively monitoring the development and impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, Keep Texas Recycling (KTR) has suspended travel. Pickups will continue as scheduled. If the situation changes, we will notify you of important updates via email, our website, and social media. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any comments or concerns.

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