Land Management

Waste and Recycling

With the goal of reducing the volume of solid waste through the implementation of waste reduction and recycling programs.

In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, the port recycled:

Media 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
ALUMINUM 0.9 0.88 0.16 0.13 0.81
CARDBOARD 20 20 22 3 15
CONCRETE 255,845 82,834 79 3,118 89,872
ELECTRONICS 6.6 6.40 5.21
OFFICE PAPER 62 77 31 36 38
PLASTIC 1.6 1.53 2.11 0.23 0.16
SCRAP METAL 824 299 248 512 60
SCRAP TIRES 73 77 78 117 140
WOOD DUNNAGE 1,162 544 4,707 3,902 5,206
USED OIL (gallons) 8,525 13,520 12,354 883 11,589


IT Recycling:  The port supports the state’s economy and environment by repairing, reselling, donating or recycling used electronics. Choosing to recycle used electronics over landfill disposal reduces the need to process raw materials for new products.

Petroleum Storage Tanks

The port has several large storage tanks throughout our facilities.  As environmental leaders, Port Houston has implemented good engineering practices and innovative best management practices to prevent spills and minimize environmental impacts.

This awning over secondary containment tank storage area protects stormwater and was constructed from recycled Rubber Tire Gantry (RTG) Crane metal by the port’s Barbour’s Cut Maintenance Team!

Tenant and Stevedore Audits


In furtherance of its Environmental Compliance Policy, the Environmental Affairs Department of Port Houston performs environmental compliance audits at facilities operated by third parties (i.e. tenants/users/stevedores) on port properties to monitor and assess activities subject to federal, state, and local environmental laws, regulations, permits and Port tariffs (“Legal Requirements”).

The Lead Auditor or another Environmental Affairs Department Designee may conduct an onsite, unannounced verification audit at your facility to confirm that audit findings corrected in the Corrective Action Report (CAR) have been satisfactorily addressed and the facility is continuing environmental compliance after the audit.