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Commissioners Court approved an interlocal agreement with the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council to address the illegal dumping of used tires throughout the valley.
As part of the agreement, Hidalgo County will join other entities in designating personnel and drop off sites for the collection of scrap tires during the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council (LRGVDC) “Road to Recycling” region-wide project.
The LRGVDC will contribute a total of $37,000 and the county will contribute matching funds.
“We will use our contribution to designate a day and event to work with all precincts in the region-wide tire recycling project,” said Rey Salazar, director of the Strategic Planning Division in the Budget and Management Department.
“These funds were leftover monies allocated by TCEQ funding but instead of returning the monies back to the state, we are allotting the funds into a project that will benefit the entire county,” added Salazar.
The county wanted to explore regional projects to create awareness for the need to recycle tires.
“Tires can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes and it creates a safety issue,” said Pct. 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes.
There will be a total of 25 drop-off sites for collection of scrap tires across the entire valley.