Local Solid Waste Management Plan




​About the Project           Project Approach           Timeline           FAQs          Additional Resources



About the Project

The City of Dallas is updating its Local Solid Waste Management Plan (LSWMP) to support the City’s environmental and sustainability goals. The LSWMP was adopted by the Dallas City Council in February 2013 to identify the policies, programs and infrastructure that will be needed to manage solid waste and recyclable materials generated in the City over the next 50 years. Many changes have occurred since the plan was adopted and the LSWMP Update will reassess the City’s needs and provide short-term and long-term strategies to meet the City’s goals. 


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Evaluate Existing Systems

This first phase of the project will focus on data collection and analysis, including a thorough review of the City’s existing programs and operations as well as waste generation projections. The City will also consider solid waste trends, policies and regulations that could impact future operations and will compare its programs to other cities across Texas to identify best practices and opportunities for improvement. 


Public & Stakeholder Engagement

Public and stakeholder engagement is an important part of the LSWMP Update. Feedback from residents and other stakeholders such as businesses and community organizations will inform decisions about the City’s solid waste and recycling programs as well as future opportunities to reduce waste destined for the landfill. Information about community outreach activities and opportunities to provide feedback will be available online at DallasZeroWaste.com


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Develop Strategies & Options

The next phase of the project will focus on establishing goals and objectives for the LSWMP Update. This includes identifying alternative strategies, programs and operational changes to enhance current services or implement new initiatives. Strategies and options will be evaluated based on several factors, including environmental, financial and policy impacts as well as input from the public and other stakeholders. A five-year implementation and funding plan will be developed once the City determines which strategies will work best to achieve goals and objectives outlined in the LSWMP. 

It is important to note that the LSWMP Update will build on and support solid-waste related goals identified as part of Dallas’ Comprehensive Environmental & Climate Action Plan (CECAP). Solid Waste is one of eight sectors included in the CECAP which outlines activities that the City will undertake to improve quality of life, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prepare for the impacts of climate change and create a healthier and more prosperous community. More information about CECAP is available at DallasClimateAction.com.  

Spring 2021 

        • Data collection and analysis to evaluate existing system 
Summer 2021 
  • Establish LSWMP goals and objectives 
  • Identify alternative strategies and options 
Fall 2021 
        • Develop five-year implementation and funding plan 
Winter 2021 
  • Present updated plan for City Council adoption 

Spring – Winter 2021 

  • Public and stakeholder engagement 

*All dates are subject to change. 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 


What is the Local Solid Waste Management Plan (LSWMP)? 


The LSWMP, also known as the Zero Waste Plan, was adopted by the Dallas City Council in February 2013. The purpose of the plan is to identify policies, programs and infrastructure that will be needed to manage solid waste and recyclable materials generated in the City over the next 50 years. 

What are the City’s current goals for solid waste and recycling? 


The following waste reduction rates were established for the LSWMP in 2013: 
  • 40 percent diversion by 2020 
  • 60 percent diversion by 2030 
  • Zero Waste by 2040 
The City has made significant progress since the LSWMP was adopted in 2013. However, the City’s current diversion rate is approximately 20%. The LSWMP Update is an opportunity for the City to identify alternative strategies and options to continue to increase diversion and work towards its Zero Waste vision. 

What is Zero Waste? 

Zero Waste is a philosophy and design framework that promotes not only reuse, recycling and conservation programs, but also, and more importantly, emphasizes sustainability by considering the entire life-cycle of products, processes and systems. “Zero Waste” does not mean 100% recycling and the City may always have some residual materials that need to be landfilled. However, the City will strive for Zero Waste and take an active role in supporting statewide and national initiatives to create a more sustainable materials management system. 

Why does the LSWMP need to be updated? 

Many changes have occurred since the plan was adopted in February 2013, including continued population growth within the City of Dallas. The LSWMP is meant to be a living document that is reviewed and updated on a regular basis to support the City’s solid waste and recycling goals. The update will reassess the City’s needs and provide short-term and long-term strategies to meet the City’s goals. 

The updated plan will also build on and support Dallas’ Comprehensive Environmental & Climate Action Plan (CECAP). Solid Waste is one of eight sectors included in the CECAP which outlines activities that the City will undertake to improve quality of life, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prepare for the impacts of climate change and create a healthier and more prosperous community. More information about CECAP is available at DallasClimateAction.com. 

What happens after the updated plan is adopted? 

The City of Dallas will use the updated plan to track performance and monitor progress towards its solid waste and recycling goals. The updated plan will serve as a roadmap for the City to make data-driven operational and policy decisions to achieve these targets. 

 How will feedback from residents and other stakeholders be used to update the plan? 

Feedback gathered during the LSWMP Update will be used to inform decisions about the City’s solid waste and recycling programs as well as future opportunities to reduce waste destined for the landfill. Information provided by residents and other stakeholders will be reviewed and incorporated into the strategies and implementation plan developed as part of the LSWMP Update. Information and updates about community outreach activities and opportunities to provide input will be available online at DallasZeroWaste.com. 

Will this impact how much I pay for services each month?   

As part of the LSWMP Update, the City is gathering feedback from residents and businesses to understand their willingness to pay for services that could improve operations and diversion rates (e.g., reducing the amount of waste that is sent to the landfill). An online survey will be available at DallasZeroWaste.com later this summer for residents and other stakeholders to provide input.