A Greener Fort Worth

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With the approval of the 2017 – 2037 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan (CSWMP), the City of Fort Worth has undertaken one of it's largest green initiatives to-date, setting our community on a 20-year journey towards making Fort Worth a greener, and increasingly better place to live.

View the 2017 – 2037 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan

The 2017 – 2037 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan was developed to serve as a roadmap for how waste is to be handled and managed in Cowtown in the next 20 years. The Plan is:

  • Comprehensive. It covers the totality of the municipal solid waste, instead of being limited to one of it's sectors.
  • Systematic rather than being an atomized approach to solid waste management
  • Synergetic, identifying and recommending mutually-helpful initiatives with other city departments and outside agencies that benefit all, and promote the common good. Advancing those potential intra and inter-agency collaborations will bring to fruition the full benefits of the CSWMP to the city.

Just the facts

Fort Worth is growing

  • It’s grown by 50 percent over the last 20 years.
  • Residential waste only comprises about one third of all of the waste generated within the city.
  • Industrial, commercial and institutional waste comprises the remaining two-thirds. 

Public Outreach

The city has conducted public outreach to collect information about Fort Worth residents interest in solid waste and other environmental issues.

View the summary(PDF, 793KB)

Making progress

"The city's short-term goal is to divert 40 percent of all the waste away from the landfill through recycling and other programs by 2023"


Action Items

  • Extending the life span of the Southeast Landfill (SELF)
  • Creation of a Material Management Program
  • Advancing an organic pilot program
  • Increasing residential city recycling
  • Increasing commercial city recycling
  • Decreasing recycling contamination
  • Supporting the City’s litter plan

For additional information please refer to the Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan above