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Border grant to help Starr County, TX offset debt on solid waste facility.

A border community grant will help Starr County, Texas pay off some of its debt on a $1.4 million solid waste facility.

The Border Environment Cooperation Commission and the North American Development Bank, which jointly support environmental infrastructure projects on the border, gave Starr County a grant of about $450,000 for its solid waste transfer station, according to a news release from U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, DLaredo. Starr County created the transfer station when the area landfill almost filled to capacity in 2010.

Each day, about 80 tons of garbage is processed at the center and then sent to a landfill in Hidalgo County. The transfer station will be able to operate safely for the next 20 years, according to the news release.

About $340,000 of the grant will go toward paying off some of the debt for building the transfer station and about $114,000 will help cover operational expenses including equipment costs, said Rafael Montalvo, the director of federal and state programs for Starr County.

The Starr County project will be the last one funded by the Development Bank's Solid Waste Environmental Program.

In January, the Starr County Commissioners Court voted to raise the rates to drop off trash at the transfer station. The rates went up a few dollars in March because the transfer station was not making enough money to cover day-to-day costs, Transfer Station Director Reyna Guerra said in January.

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Publication:Solid Waste Report
Date:Aug 14, 2012
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