About QRPSolid Waste Recycling


The Texas Military Department recycles!  

Authorized by the National Guard Bureau in 2010, the TMD Qualified Recycling Program (QRP) conducts direct sales of recyclable materials to the public and retains the proceeds to support recycling and environmental efforts state-wide.  By diverting its reusable material from the landfill waste stream, the QRP reduces the volume of our waste, lessens our impact on natural resources, and returns revenue to the organization that is used to make the QRP self-sustaining. 

Please note: The QRP is NOT a public recycling center.

We recycle a range of material generated by Texas military organizations, personnel, and their activities.  We do not accept material from the general public. 


Our Facility at Camp Mabry

The TMD's Qualified Recycling Program performs first-stage recycling (sorting, baling, containerizing) at our Camp Mabry facility.  Raw scrap commodities are then sold to aggregate buyers, who in turn sell large quantities to remanufacturers, mills, and processing plants.  We provide our state military forces with a short path to recycling a range of materials generated by their daily activities.

Picture of Camp Mabry Recycling Center
The Camp Mabry Recycling Center

Elsewhere around the state, recycling efforts are conducted through third-party vendors such as office paper shredders, bulk metal and cardboard recyclers.  These partnerships provide a cost effective way to extend recycling to remote TMD locations. 

The Texas Military Department Qualified Recycling Program strives to be the leading QRP among National Guard recycling programs.  Our procedures and methods are shared with other QRPs to build our competency and professionalism nation wide.  If you are a QRP Manager in another state or installation, feel free to contact us with your questions.

National Sustainable Materials Management Program Federal Green challenge awards for 2013 and for 2016
Awards for Significant Improvements to Solid Waste Reduction

Stop by and see what we are recycling!

You can visit the Camp Mabry Recycling Center during normal business hours M-F, 0800 - 1600 to inspect recyclable materials offered for sale. Call or email ahead to be sure someone will be present. The Recycling Center is located in Bldg 58A, behind the Post Exchange (PX) building.

Request Purchaser Agreement and General Sales Provisions


Texas Military Department
Qualified Recycling Program
2200 W 35th Street Bldg. 58A
Austin, TX 78703
Tel. 512-782-6838

Our Commodities

The Texas Military Department sells scrap material direct to the public.  All material is sold as scrap and valued by weight.  Commodities may be palletized, baled, boxed or barreled.  The QRP sells scrap commodities in truck load and less-than truckload quantities by demand.  We are not a consistent nor high volume generator of any particular commodity, but typically produce a truckload of cardboard and/or paper once every 4-5 weeks.  Other commodities accumulate more slowly and may be sold on a quarterly basis.

  What we sell:

  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Paper (white office paper, glossy paper, mixed paper, shred)
  • Bottle Plastic
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Electric Motor Windings
  • Mixed Ferrous Scrap
  • Mixed or Sorted Non-Ferrous Scrap
  • Deformed Range Brass*
  • Electric Light Ballast
  • Ink Cartridges

*The QRP is not authorized to sell non-deformed brass ammunition casings to the public.  All certified inert range brass is sold only after it is mechanically deformed into scrap.


Interested in buying recycled commodities?

If you are a buyer of recycled commodities and wish to be included in our Invitation for Bid distributions contact the QRP Manager:


Eric R Morley
Phone: (512) 782-6838
Email Eric R. Morley


Typical Bale dimensions – approx. 60”L x 48” W x 36” H

Average Bale weight – approx. 960-1,200 lbs. (depending on commodity)

How Much are we Recycling?

Across the state our facilities are recycling not just marketable commodities that bring us revenue, but also those commodities that have a cost associated with recycling them - such as tires, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries and debris from construction or demolition.  Our goal is to meet and exceed a 50% diversion rate across the entire organization before the end of the decade.  That's certainly a challenge, but since 2016 we've raised and maintained our quarterly diversion rates in the range of 38-42% statewide!  By continuing to refine our waste stream management practices we can get there.

Fact Sheets

These informationals address some frequently asked questions about our recycling program and the rules under which it operates.  Got questions?  Contact the recycling program manager for additional information.

QRP Fact Sheet What We Recycle

QRP Fact Sheet Where Money Goes

QRP Fact Sheet Ammo Brass

QRP Fact Sheet Excluded Items

The Recycling Yard

The photos below include typical bales, boxes or barrels of commodities.

  • recycling truck

TMD Recycling Center

Located along MOPAC behind the PX!