Rio Arriba County Receives Permit for Alcalde Transfer Station

The State Environmental Department has issued a permit for a waste transfer station to be opened in Alcalde, just six miles north of Española. The station will be equipped to collect solid waste, construction debris and recyclable materials.

Rio Arriba County (RAC) and North Central Solid Waste Authority (NCSWA), have been planning for this state-of-the-art facility for quite some time, but have only become financially capable within the past two years. County officials say this station will provide a much-needed necessity for residents and should alleviate some of the problems that NCSWA has dealt with related to illegal dumping, lack of recyclable accessibility and convenience locations for garbage disposal.

“We have worked diligently with NCSWA to assure that all citizens are in compliance when it comes to payment for services and proper disposal. Although our efforts have been partially successful, we are still facing the same problems daily. Our hopes are that this new facility will reduce the number of issues we face,” said Erika Martinez, RAC Public Information Officer. “It would be a shame if those, who choose not to comply, do not take advantage of this much needed resource.”

The 9,600 square-foot station is expected to open in the first quarter of 2014 and is designed to process up to 150 tons of waste per day.

“This is an opportunity for us to better serve our community,” said NCSWA Manager Gino Romero. “The new facility will promote recycling and reduce the time that patrons spend waiting to dump in our current locations. We are confident that the facility will have the capacity to meet the current and future needs of Rio Arriba County.” 

-Erika L. Martinez, July 2013