Cleanup time: Here’s a list of RGV cities collecting storm debris, brush

A worker collects branches at Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle National Shrine as clean up begins after strong winds blew in over the weekend Monday, May 1, 2023, in San Juan. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])
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Officials and entities across the Valley have been working since the storm passed to help clean up debris and ensure the safety of residents. Now, they’re working towards extending their facilities for people to properly dispose of debris and brush. 

Here are the cities that have either extended their hours of operations or provided areas to residents looking to dispose of debris: 

ALAMO: 

The city of Alamo announced that residents can stop by Public Works to dispose of storm debris, which includes plywood, lumber or any structure damage. 

The department is located at 803 S Tower Rd.

The city said only residents can dispose of debris; residents must show proof of residency by providing a water bill and valid ID — both with the same address, according to the Facebook post

No household trash or waste materials will be accepted.

“City crews are still working to clear debris off roads and off power lines that are not active,” the post stated.

ALTON:

The city of Alton has placed roll off containers behind the Development Corporation’s building for residents to use until Friday, May 5. 

The CADC’s building is located at 416 S Alton Blvd. 

The following items are allowed to be placed in the containers: 

>> Water heater;

>> Furniture (indoor and outdoor);

>> Stoves;

>> Washer and dryer;

>> Small household goods;

>> Mattresses and bedframes;

>> Bagged trash;

>> and electronics. 

The following items are not acceptable: 

>> Oil-based paint;

>> Propane tanks;

>> Auto parts and batteries;

>> Construction waste;

>> Recyclables (e.g. aluminum, cardboard and paper);

>> Hazardous waste;

>> Grass clippings, logs and stumps;

>> Fluorescent bulbs;

>> and tires. 

EDINBURG:

The city of Edinburg is reminding residents that its landfill facility will be available through the week for storm debris. 

The landfill is located at 8601 N Jasman Rd.

The hours from now through Friday are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., while Saturday’s hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

“If you can’t transport your storm debris to the landfill, you can still take advantage of the brush and debris collection services during your normal schedule,” the city wrote on Facebook

HIDALGO COUNTY PRECINCT 3: 

Hidalgo County Precinct 3 is accepting storm-related brush at all of its sanitation stations, which have flexible policies in place until further notice, Everardo “Ever” Villarreal wrote on Facebook.  

Residents can drop off brush at the following locations:

>> 1220 El Faro Rd, Sullivan City;

>> 1429 El Pinto Rd, Sullivan City;

>> 38411 Farm to Market Rd, Peñitas;

>> 1129 Military Rd, Peñitas;

>> and 8115 N Los Ebanos Rd, Mission.

Additionally, residents can submit a work order at (956) 585-4509.

Villarreal said that the Precinct 3 team is prioritizing the cleaning of main roads and drainage systems to prevent future flooding. Community brush pickups are scheduled for next week, so for now, Villarreal asked residents to leave brush by the curbside. 

“Rain or shine, our Field Operations team is working hard to keep our community safe and prepared,” Villarreal said. “Currently, our team is prioritizing the cleaning of main roads and drainage systems to prevent future flooding.”

McALLEN: 

Since Monday, the city of McAllen has extended the hours of operation for its Recycling Center and will continue to have the extended hours in place until May 15. 

The McAllen Public Works Recycling Center is located at 4101 N. Bentsen Rd.

The center will be open Monday through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hours on Saturdays will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The city said in the release that the service is available only to McAllen residents and businesses. Those planning to use the service are asked to bring a recent utility bill and an ID. 

“We will have extended hours of operation for the public to have enough time to bring in their dried debris, brush and shrubs, left over from the storm,” Elvira Alonso, director of the city’s Public Works Department, said in the release.

Normal operation hours will return on Monday, May 15. 

The city urges those who have questions or need additional information to contact the McAllen Recycling Center at (956) 681-4050.