Located in Southeast Travis County, the Texas Disposal Systems Landfill, Inc. (TDSL), the approximately 2,000-acre facility contains the landfill, recycling, composting, and ranching operations. TDSL opened its facility in February 1991, and is now operated under Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) permit #2123. This is the first permit ever issued in Texas for a totally integrated landfill offering a combination of disposal, recycling and composting.
The extensive permitting process took approximately 30 months. A portion of that time was devoted to land-use issues. The impact the site would have on a community and groups of property owners and individuals was considered in terms of compatibility of land use, local zoning, community growth patterns and other factors associated with the public interest. The regulatory permitting agency, the Texas Department of Health, determined that the TDSL development was an appropriate use for the land and that the facility, operated as permitted, would not adversely affect the area or adjacent homeowners. The land surrounding TDSL is used primarily for agricultural purposes as well as rural home sites.
The TDSL location in southeast Travis County is one of the least populated areas of the county. In a one-mile radius of the site, there are approximately 100 homes in an area consisting of 4,350 acres. This equates to one home for every 43.5 acres. In various areas around the site, berms and other landscaping maintain the natural look of the area. Litter fences are maintained and every effort is made to contain and collect blowing litter at all times.
In 1990, TDSL adopted the five-mile stretch of FM 1327 from IH-35 east to the main intersection at Creedmoor (FM 1625). TDSL adopted this road and has employees whose job it is to walk the road and pick up all litter on a daily basis (six days a week). Additionally, TDSL has two street sweepers and a water truck to sweep and to wash down the interior paved roads to minimize mud from being tracked onto public highways.
As TDSL continues these efforts on a day-to-day basis, and takes other steps to keep the site clean, we maintain a neighborly relationship with surrounding citizens and the residents of Creedmoor, the nearest community. TDSL also supports area events such as the Creedmoor Fall Festival, the annual City of Buda Fourth of July and Christmas parades, as well as using local businesses for needed services, as much as possible. Learn more about our community activities on our Community Involvement page.
TDSL enjoys a trusting relationship with area residents, exemplified by the Creedmoor City Council's 1996 decision to award its residential solid waste collection contract to TDS and ongoing cooperative projects involving the citizens of Creedmoor and TDSL. The City Council of Creedmoor has toured the TDSL facility and council members frequently drop by to visit. In October of each year, during the Creedmoor Fall Festival, hundreds of people tour the TDS Exotic Game Ranch, which is partially located on the permitted landfill property, as well as adjacent property, in an area not used for landfilling. The ranch has more than 1,600 animals (and counting) of 50 different species and is greatly enjoyed by area residents, various groups and organizations that tour the facility, as well as employees and customers of TDSL.
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