Mercedes launches trash dump site for residents

The city of Mercedes reopened a trash collection site last week for residents to dump bulky items.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved the site located at 214 N. Farm-to-Market 491, where the city’s public works department set up a collection station open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Monday through Saturday.

Mercedes previously had a dump site, which was temporarily closed while it awaited TCEQ’s approval to re-open.

“We’ve been at it for a couple of months, but we’re grateful that we got the official sanctioning (from TCEQ),” said City Manager Sergio Zavala, adding the process in obtaining the permit to operate the site didn’t “just happen overnight.”

Mercedes public works crews are also stationed at the location.

“I think it will help with the littering (throughout the city) as well,” Zavala said.

The Mercedes City Commission formed a team of residents, who worked to improve the cleanliness of the city.

“It gives us the opportunity to have a cleaner, safer environment for our residents,” said Commissioner Ruben “Chano” Guajardo, noting the added intention of the site is to keep garbage out of ditches and off roadways.

Residents and landowners, who must show proof of residency or property ownership in Mercedes, are allowed to discard household trash, brush, four tires per year and appliances such as washers and dryers, mattresses, stoves and furniture.

Residents must obtain pre-approval from the city at the collection site before dropping off tires.

Crews at the site will not accept dead animals, automotive parts, commercial waste such as building materials or hazardous waste such as paint and fertilizers.

The collection site is an additional service, outside of trash collection, offered free to residents.