According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the recycled material supply chain is an important and growing piece of the Texas economy. TCEQ’s recently published Recycling Market Development Plan (RMDP) notes that the recycling sector contributed more than $4.8 billion to the Texas economy in 2019 and supported nearly 23,000 jobs in the state. That’s similar to the size of the state’s petroleum refining or furniture manufacturing industries. Manufacturing with recycled material feedstocks added an additional $3 billion to the Texas economy in 2019 and supported nearly 9,000 jobs.
The RMDP includes a detailed assessment of recycling activity in the state and envisions a plan to continue to enlarge this sector of Texas’ economy and supply additional valuable recycled material feedstocks to manufacturers across the state, the country, and the globe.