By Keli James, PR communications coordinator chaparral

Officials break ground on the “first of its kind” trash and recycling collection center in Chaparral, New Mexico. Up to 200 pounds of trash, tires, household hazardous waste and green waste can be disposed of at the center for a $5 fee —recyclables can be dropped off free of charge.

“This facility marks a new day for Chaparral—it’s the first of its kind in the county, offering a true ‘pay as you throw’ service,” Wayne Hancock told the Las Cruces Sun-News. Hancock chairs the county commission and the board of the South Central Solid Waste Authority.

“We are very glad to see this kind of facility and to be the first in the county to have it,” State Rep. Rick Little, president of the Chaparral Community Development Association told the Sun-News.

The community aims to deter illegal dumping by making trash disposal nearby, convenient and open to the public seven days a week.

A 30-year resident of Chaparral expressed this service, “Is long overdue. We are most pleased to have this kind of facility here, and hope it is the new beginning for our community.”

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Chaparral residents discuss the illegal dumping in their community in this RCAC produced video: