Address: 619 Reynolds St Laredo, TX 78040 View Map
Phone: 956-794-1650

About Us

Currently, the Environmental Services Department consists of two divisions: the Storm Water Division, and the Hazardous Materials Division. 

The Storm Water Division deals with issues involving water quality, watershed management, household hazardous waste issues, illegal dumping, and construction and industrial storm water permits. Furthermore, the Hazardous Materials Division deals with storage, handling, and transportation issues involving hazardous materials. 

In order to preserve and protect Laredo's environment, the ESD has developed various programs to deal with multiple environmental issues that face the City of Laredo. Through these programs and through excellent customer service with the citizens' of Laredo, the ESD strives to ensure a healthy environment for Laredo's future.

The ESD also strives hard to bring the citizen's of Laredo new programs and projects though joint projects with other agencies as well as through aggressively applying for grants. In fact, the ESD has received$10,419,823.00 in grant funding since 1995.

City of Laredo Environmental Department FAQ

What is the purpose of this ordinance?
To promote the beautification of the City through prevention of litter generated from discarded checkout bags. Let’s Keep Laredo Beautiful!

Do we really have that many plastic bags in this city?
In a recent survey, the City of Laredo consumes an average of 120 million plastic bags per year.

How is this a problem for our city?
Plastic bag litter creates a problem for the city’s creeks and storm drains and the Rio Grande, the city’s ONLY source of drinking water.

Exactly which type of bags can we use now?
Reusable bags– meaning a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse and is either (1)made of cloth or other washable fabric, and/or (2) made of durable plastic that is at least 4 Mils thick (3) a paper bag that contains no old growth fiber and a minimum of forty percent post-customer recycled material.