Council Rejects Landfill Contract

Council Rejects Landfill Contract

POSTED: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 4:18am

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 8:18am

El Paso-  The El Paso City Council turned down a landfill contract with a New Mexico company that would have paid the city $2.5 million per year.

The city will now have to haul it's commercial trash to the Clint and McCombs Landfills, both in El Paso County.  New equipment needed at Clint and the re-opening of McCombs will cost the city about $18.5 million.

City staff members had recommended the council accept the New Mexico option.

But councilors argued the amount of trash that will now be kept in El Paso County will provide necessary volume to begin waste-to-energy programs and similar initiatives.

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So we could have gotten rid of trash and even would have been paid for it. Instead, we are shelling out an extra 18.5 million to pay for new equipment to process the trash. All that because we want to be "progressive" and convert trash into energy? Seems to me another castle in the sky like the recycling program; just check out all the unwanted junk piling up in the yard on Wren Ave. in the Northeast. On the other hand, city council is whining about police holding them to their contract!

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