DETCOG Accepting Applications for Solid Waste Grants


The Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) is now taking applications for funding of Solid Waste Projects for FY 2016/FY 2017. DETCOG anticipates awarding grants totaling $102,941.14 in FY 2016 and $63,058.86 in FY 2017 for a combined total funding amount of $160,000.00.

The grants are available to Cities, Counties, Public Schools, School Districts, River Authorities as well as General and Special Law Districts with the authority and responsibility for water quality protection or municipal solid waste management.  The applicants must be located within Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity and Tyler counties to be eligible to apply. Funding for the DETCOG Solid Waste Grants comes from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

Applications for projects in the following categories will be accepted: Local Enforcement, Litter and Illegal Dumping Cleanup and Community Collection Events, Source Reduction and Recycling, Local Solid Waste Management Plans, Citizens’ Collection Stations and “Small” Registered Transfer Stations, Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Management, Technical Studies, Educational and Training Projects, and other projects not included in these categories which meet TCEQ criteria.

Included for consideration during the funding will be a minimum of 10 individual grants, not to exceed $16,000.00. Each application will be judged by the DETCOG Regional Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) in accordance with the SWAC Project Review and Scoring Guidelines and DETCOG’s Regional Solid Waste Management Plan.

Detailed application packets are available. Project applications are due to DETCOG by close of business on March 6, 2017. Projects are to begin approximately May 1, 2017 and end no later than July 31, 2017.

For more information, or to request an application packet, contact Rusty Phillips, Director of Regional Services at (409) 384-5704, or by email at  or on DETCOG’s website at



Megan Whitworth
Megan Whitworth
Megan Whitworth is the former creative director of Texas Forest Country Living. Growing up in East Texas, Megan discovered her love of writing at the age of 11, writing song lyrics and poetry, which turned into essays and articles for publications around East Texas. She later added photography into the mix capturing Friday night football games, the latest fashion looks, and portraits of people around the nation. Megan enjoys karaoke, blogging, reading, and road trips. She resides in Lufkin with her husband, Ryan, and two cats, Felix and Lucy.

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