Household Hazardous Waste
The city's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program assists residents with disposal of wastes that can have a detrimental effect on the environment if disposed of in landfills or poured down the drain (i.e., household cleaners, lawn and pool chemicals, paint, motor oil, cooking oil, fluorescent bulbs and tubes, household and automotive batteries, and pharmaceuticals).
City of Grand Prairie holds 8 to 10 collection events each year. Register online for the next HHW Collection Day.
Code Enforcement Activities
- Investigate illegal dumping (about 270 cases/year).
- Orchestrate clean-up of illegally dumped materials either by city staff, the person who illegally dumped the materials, or the property owner.
- Demolish substandard houses (10 this year).
- Investigate abandoned houses due to unsanitary conditions.
- Report over 20,000 code violations (clear trash, remove derelict vehicles, etc.).
- Report 100 cases of code violation to the nuisance board to get warrants.
- Conduct auto-related business inspections.
- Reduce the amount of high grass and weed-infested areas.
More Information: Code Enforcement Division
Green Building Program
The city is making efforts to build environmentally friendly facilities. In 2012, The Summit Active Adult Center received LEED* Gold Certification, the highest award available. The Public Safety Building qualified for LEED Silver Status.
*Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified buildings:
- Lower operating costs and increased asset value.
- Reduce waste sent to landfills.
- Conserve energy and water.
- Healthier and safer for occupants.
- Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
- Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities.
- Demonstrate an owner's commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility.
The LEED certification system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). It contains a set of standards for design, materials, and construction of new buildings that makes them “environmentally friendly” and energy efficient. There are three levels of certification, gold, silver, and platinum, with gold being the most stringent. It is quickly becoming the industry standard and there are also provisions for remodeling existing structures, residential and non-residential.
In an effort to keep an eye on Grand Prairie's waterbodies, the Environmental Quality Division evaluates water quality at 22 different sites once a month using field measurements and laboratory analyses. Data collected during these monitoring events are used to detect and eliminate illicit discharges or other threats to human and environmental health. At each site, parameters are statistically analyzed for trends, and atypical results are identified, researched and resolved.
More Information: Environmental Quality Division Stream Monitoring Program