Metal Air Pollution Partnerships Solutions (MAPPS)
Air Alliance Houston partnered with UTHealth on a 5-year collaborative research-to-action project to study and address potential health risks associated with air emissions from metal recycling facilities in Houston.
Metal Air Pollution Partnership Solutions (MAPPS)
Metal recycling facilities accept and process scrap metals. The benefits of metal recycling over the use of raw materials include energy savings the conservation of resources, and job creation. Yet, some recycling plants in Houston are in close proximity to residential neighborhoods, raising concerns about exposure to dust and harmful metals that can be emitted during the recycling process.
The project found increased cancer and respiratory risks in the study areas. As a result, participating recylers have started adopting the recommendations of the project and taking steps to mitigate metal air pollution emissions.