Metal Air Pollution Partnership Solutions (MAPPS)
What We Did
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.
Metal Air Pollution Partnership Solutions (MAPPS) was a 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. We partnered on this project with UTHealth School of Public Health, the Houston Health Department Bureau of Pollution Control and Prevention and Rice University, working collaboratively with metal recycling industry representatives and neighborhood residents.
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.
Read about the findings in the MAPPS Community Reports.