Rural Solid Waste Collection

Status: In Progress

Due to the increase in expenditures related to waste management and disposal services, the Department of Budget & Management (DBM) is in the process of studying the feasibility of implementing a new process of handling solid waste collection for rural Hidalgo County residents.

The county’s expenditure trend for solid waste collection services is $1,500,000.00 average yearly expenditures for tipping fees paid to local landfills for solid waste disposal, $500,000.00 average yearly expenditures for tire disposal services, and $4,000,000.00 average yearly expenditures for personnel and operating expenditures for the precincts sanitation departments.

The new process will allow Hidalgo County to generate revenues from a franchise fee collected from a private contracted vendor, hence reducing solid waste costs and keeping the same level of waste collection services for all county rural residents. The private vendor will assess a fee from the county’s rural residents for waste collection services. Currently, Cameron County has implemented a rural solid waste collection program by utilizing the franchising method.

Major Project Activities:

  • Research other counties waste collection procedures & methods
  • Conduct cost-benefit analysis to determine feasibility of implementing a rural solid waste collection program
  • Prepare a rural solid waste collection program report for Commissioners Court approval and implementation
  • Seek Commissioners Court approval to contract with private vendor in order to carry out the new rural solid waste collection program