In 1977, brothers Bob and Jim Gregory founded Texas Disposal Systems, Inc. (TDS) with $10,000, one customer, one truck and plenty of determination. Building on a deep commitment to customer satisfaction and environmental preservation, TDS has become the largest independently owned solid waste collection and disposal company in central Texas and one of the largest in the nation, offering a variety of services. TDS continues to be a group of Gregory family owned business.
TDS now has offices in Austin, San Antonio, Georgetown, Alpine, San Angelo, Sealy, Weimar as well as the TDS Landfill, recycling and compost facilities located in southeast Travis County, approximately a 15 mile drive southeast of downtown Austin. TDS has continued its growth in more than 35 surrounding counties in central Texas, working with businesses of all sizes, governmental entities, educational facilities, entertainment venues, homeowners’ associations (HOAs), area municipal utility districts (MUDs) and individual rural property owners.
The landfill is the state’s first totally integrated facility of its kind, incorporating solid waste disposal, compost production, and recycling operations from inception. Texas Organic Products (TOP), a large-scale composting and soil blending operation, was established in 1997. TDS expanded operations into San Antonio in 1995, into Georgetown in 1998 and into Alpine in 2007. TDS aquired Garden-Ville in 2001 as a retail center for the compost products made at the various facilities, widely used by landscape professionals and home gardeners. TDS also operates three transfer stations that accept solid waste and recyclables, as well as market organic products.