Headline: Update After the Fire: Chaparral Collection and Recycling Center
Submitted by South Central Solid Waste Authority
Date: September 24, 2021 (Bulletin)
South Central Solid Waste Authority’s (SCSWA) Chaparral Collection and Recycling Center caught fire on October 12, 2020. The Center, at 180 McCombs Road, had significant amounts of fire damage to the main building. Repairs and reconstruction are underway now, as long materials for repair arrive on time.
“During the repairs, we have been partially open to residents with only residential household waste,” explained Eddie Sanchez, SCSWA Chaparral Transfer Station Manager. “At the moment, commercial customers are not permitted to dispose of construction materials allowing us to manage the volume of waste safely for the public and staff while under construction.”
Sanchez said the incident would serve as an example to help staff educate customers on what is not allowed to be disposed of at our collections site to avoid future fires.
“Our staff are trained on how to inspect our customers’ waste to prevent fires,” Sanchez said. “And, to improve our screening process we will be using a handheld thermal camera to detect any heat – that may indicate something dangerous – within the waste that is coming in.”
While reconstruction started on July 12, 2021, it was delayed because the construction materials were back-ordered by vendors; however, some initial work was done, such as pressure washing and then painting the structure’s frame. Once the painting was complete, the siding started to be replaced in phases. Next was the roof and the electrical install with new wiring and lights.
“Once we have a final update on when the concrete will be poured, we should have a better time frame of when it is safe and we can be fully operational,” Sanchez said. “The fire-damaged concrete has been broken and removed, but the contractor is on a delay because of the backorder of the rebar that allows them to install high strength concrete to resist heavy equipment. Plus, once the rebar is installed, it will need to go through all inspections and approvals.”
He said, “Some of the things are out of our control to get the repairs done, but we are looking forward to the reopening of our Collection site to be in full operation as soon as possible.”
South Central Solid Waste Authority manages solid waste and recyclables for residents and businesses throughout Doña Ana County. Contact SCSWA at (575) 528-3800 or visit www.SCSWA.net.
Caption: The fire on October 12, 2020 and the repair to the roof at the Center.