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