Public Hearing on County Proposed Solid Waste Ordinance

Update July, 2015: Amid public outcry on June 30, the Santa Fe County Commission  delayed for several months a vote on a controversial ordinance that would change trash and recycling services for some 18,000 residents by creating collection districts in which contractors selected by the county would make curbside pickups.

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The Board of County Commissioners is considering an ordinance to establish three curbside “Residential Solid Waste Collection Districts” in the more urbanized areas surrounding the City of Santa Fe. The purpose of the ordinance is for the County to choose a private waste hauler for each district, with preference given to ones that pick up recycling.  That hauler will then be the only one allowed to operate in that district. Rates for trash pickup will be set by the County.  Santa Fe County will hold public meetings and a public hearing on the proposed Ordinance.  Ours is the North District.  Residents will continue to have the option to take their own trash to a waste center.

The County Commission Public Hearing on Proposed Ordinance will take place Tuesday, June 30, 2015 – Public Hearings are to begin no earlier than 5 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, 102 Grant Ave.

You can get more information by going to http://www.santafecountynm.gov/public_works/solidwaste. The actual proposed ordinance can be found at http:/http://www.santafecountynm.gov/userfiles/SW-Collection-Dists-ordinance-maps-cover-memo-04-15.pdf.