Following a series of public input sessions and public hearings, the Board of County Commissioners approved the new Solid Waste Ordinance 2014-005, which will take effect on January 1st. The County will no longer mail bills or issue annual permits. Instead, users may purchase a Punch Card to be redeemed as payment at all county transfer stations. Any person may purchase and utilize a Punch Card to use when disposing of solid waste at any of the County Transfer Stations (punch cards are not accepted at the City of Socorro landfill).
A punch card will contain "punches" worth $2.25 ($2.14 cost of disposal plus 5% governmental GRT). Each "punch" will allow the cardholder to dispose of solid waste per the following Solid Waste Disposal Fee schedule for residential waste:
- Each time a Person goes to a Transfer Station to dispose of solid waste, an attendant will punch the Punch Card immediately prior to disposal of the solid waste in accordance with the Fee Schedule.
- When a Punch Card has been completely punched, the Person will then be required to purchase another Punch Card prior to disposal of any further solid waste at a Transfer Station.
- The County is not responsible for and will not replace lost or destroyed punch cards.
For any questions, please contact the County manager’s office at 575.835.0589 or visit us online at http://www.socorrocounty.net/. For a copy of the complete ordinance, please check online at: http://www.socorrocounty.net/Public-Information/Ordinances.
Punch cards will go on sale December 8th. Punch cards of multiple values can be purchased at the County Manager’s Office at 210 Park Street in Socorro. 20-punch Cards ($45 actual cost), can be purchased at the County Treasurer’s Office, Northern Socorro County Senior Center, and Magdalena Senior Center. 20-punch convenience cards ($45 actual cost + $5.00 vendor convenience fee) can be purchased at San Antonio General Store, Roadrunner Travel Center & Veguita Trading Post for $50.00.