Marfa Kicks Off Clean-Up Effort Thanks to Grants and Volunteers
MARFA - The City of Marfa is kicking off a community-wide effort to address garbage, heavy trash, and hazardous waste throughout town. This project is getting underway thanks to recent grants from two Texas-based foundations and the enthusiasm of local volunteers. To begin, the City will focus on scrap tire disposal, cleaning up illegal dumping sites, and garbage and recycling service. Heavy trash, especially scrap tires, pose a significant risk to community health and safety, including fire danger and the spread of diseases like West Nile Virus.
In early May, the Texas Association of Resource Conservation & Development Areas awarded a $2,400 grant earmarked specifically for a free tire-collection event to be sponsored by the City. Last week, the Still Water Foundation granted $5,000 to assist Marfa in its effort to address rural garbage and recycling challenges.
A recent survey of Marfa residents asked the community for its input on the City’s garbage and recycling service. The survey also gave respondents an opportunity to sign-up to help with clean-up efforts, with more than fifty individuals offering to volunteer.
The generous combination of funding and volunteer support will allow the City to hold two clean up days. On Saturday, June 23, and Saturday, July 7, local volunteers will work together with city staff to collect scrap tires and to clean up tires and other similar materials from illegal dumping sites.
Mayor Ann Marie Nafziger is pleased to see the clean-up effort get underway. “This is something I’ve wanted to get started since I became Mayor. We can pitch in and help folks who don’t have the means to dispose of things properly, who may have things piled up on their property. We also want to discourage further dumping on roadsides and empty lots.” She added that as part of the clean-up effort, she wants the City to do a better job of enforcement when it comes to illegal dumping sites.
Those who are able may bring their scrap tires to the Compost/Recycling Area at the dump on Clean Up Days, June 23 and July 7, between 9 am and 1 pm. Volunteers will pick up tires from those who are not able to come to the dump themselves, and also scout and retrieve tires that have been dumped around town.
The City will dispose of the collected tires safely and properly at no charge to residents. If you have tires but are unable to bring them to the dump, please call City Hall to arrange for pick up at 432-729-4315.
For more information or to sign up to volunteer, call City Hall or email email@example.com.