Waste Management in The City of Cedar Hill, Texas. Good or not good?

Have you ever been to the city of Cedar Hill, I bet most of you have never been. The city of Cedar Hill is located south of the city of Dallas, part of DFW-metroplex. An area consisting of several cities with the City of Dallas and Fort Worth as the main city. If you go to the city of Cedar Hill, you will see a green city and it will be hard to find a trash, it’s clean. Does that mean the City of Cedar Hill has good waste management? Well … let’s see …

What facilities does Cedar Hill have for waste management? They have nothing or only have a few trash cart. Then how do they manage the waste? They do not have a waste management facility, but they have a contract with a waste management company called Waste Management (WM). WM has the facilities included Landfill completed with methane capture for electric generators, trucks for waste transportation, recycling center and garbage cart placed at each house.

Landfill site with methane recovery
Recycle Facility
Waste container for each house in Cedar Hill

How is The City of Cedar Hill transporting the garbage? Each house has two waste container for recyclable waste and non-recyclable waste. Non-recycled waste will be taken directly to the landfill while recycled waste will be brought to the recycling center. Landfill and the recycling center are not located in the city of Cedar Hill. Garbage is transported from houses once a week and each house have a quota for taking bulky waste such as broken furniture or broken fences once in a month.

Then what about electronic and hazardous waste? Currently, The City of Cedar Hill has an agreement with the electronic and hazardous waste processor in the City of Fort Worth. There were two ways to dispose of electronic and hazardous waste. The first is to bring directly the electronic and hazardous waste to the electronic and hazardous waste processor in The City of Fort Worth. The second is every three months, the city government has a special event called Environmental Collection Day where the community can bring and dispose of their electronic and hazardous waste. Currently, The City of Cedar Hill is in processing of a new agreement with the electronic and hazardous waste processor owned by the City of Mansfield, which is closer than the Fort Worth city, so the community will have three option to dispose of their electronic and hazardous waste.

The city of Cedar Hill also has a program for waste reduction. Since 2016, the city of Cedar Hill has made waste reduction program by reducing the frequency of waste collection from twice a week to once a week. To reduce the waste, the Cedar Hill government providing trash containers for each house so that what was previously used by the community to dispose of large amounts of trash is currently limited to only one container and only one collection per week. This program not only reduces the amount of waste but also reduce transportation cost and reduce greenhouse gases from waste transportation.

From the explanation above, it can be said that Cedar Hill has been good at managing waste because it has a good transportation system, has landfill and recycling centers, and has a waste reduction program. However, The Waste Management does not have any treatment for the non-recyclable waste before disposed to the landfill. Without processing, the volume of waste disposed to the landfill is very large, so the landfill will be full quickly. With the rapid development of the city, it will be difficult to find a place for a new landfill near the city. And if the new landfill is far from the city, the transportation costs will be much more expensive. They must immediately find a solution to this.

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