Slash Program Overview
Wildland Fire Protection Plan, Slash Disposal Program Policy
The primary objective of the slash disposal program is to assist Village property owners in their wildfire preparedness. The Village is committed to becoming a Fire Adapted Community and taking action to reduce wildfire risks throughout the community before a wildfire occurs.
Village of Angel Fire Investment
The Village of Angel Fire governing body, working with the administration and staff, have invested in these objectives by allowing Angel Fire property owners to dispose of secured loads of slash without additional disposal fees. Property owners may choose to hire a contractor to transport their slash to the Transfer Station.
In order to qualify for the disposal of slash with no additional fees if having a contractor haul his slash to the Transfer Station, the property owner and or contractor must secure a Slash Disposal slip from the Solid Waste Department. The following information is required in order to process the permit and verify eligibility for slash disposal at the Village Transfer Station on a no additional fee basis (Delivery must comply with applicable requirements below):
- Name of legal owner of property
- Name of person, including business name if applicable, delivering the slash and his or her telephone number.
- Physical Address of the lot (P.O. Box number does not qualify)
- Property owners phone number
This information will be randomly verified and lots may be inspected to ensure compliance and discourage unauthorized slash disposal from non-qualifying properties. In addition, the rules set out herein must be complied with.
The property owner or contractor must obtain the following prior to cleaning up any lot:
- A permit
- Copy of the Slash Policy
All lots being thinned must have a Permit visibly displayed on a tree or stake near roadway or entrance to the property and must remain on the lot until all work is completed and all slash removed. Permit must have the following information:
- Lot number
- Property owners name
- Property owners phone number
- Contractors name or business name
- Contractor telephone number
Information and rules pertain to slash and its disposal.
The slash program starts April 1st and ends October 15th. Angel Fire property owners may also utilize the Village’s services of disposal of slash from their properties. All property owners wishing to utilize these services must call the Public Works office at 575-377-7004
Important rules to remember
- We currently cannot handle slash that is greater than twelve inches in diameter and/or greater than eight feet in length.
- Clean up: The property owner or contractor is responsible for cleanup of the slash pile.
Larger Branches & Tree Trunks
All tree trunks and limbs over five inches in diameter but less than twelve inches in diameter (if not kept by the homeowner or contractor) must be delimbed and cut into no greater than eight feet lengths. Once delimbed and blocked to less than eight feet in length, the slash can be brought into the Transfer Station for disposal.
Slash From Outside The Village of Angel Fire Limits
No slash is accepted from outside Village limits. This program is for residents of The Village of Angel Fire.
Contractors Hauling Slash
Homeowners may either need to or elect to retain a contractor to thin their property and/or transport their slash to the Transfer Station. Prior to delivering the first load, the homeowner or his agent must obtain a permit from the Solid Waste Department for his contracted thinning effort. This permit will verify the eligibility for disposal.
The permit must accompany the first load by the contractor, and will be retained by Transfer Station personnel throughout the duration of the contract.
Property Owner Hauling Their Own Slash
A property owner hauling their own slash to the Transfer Station must obtain a permit with an address, amount of slash and a signature before bringing it to the Transfer Station.
Delivery of Slash Material to the Transfer Station
The following rules and requirements apply to everyone transporting slash material to the Transfer Station per Resolution 2013-10:
- Loose pine needles: Loose pine needles are not considered to be in the slash pickup program, and must be bagged and hauled to the Transfer Station. Pine needles from properties located in the Village Limits will be handled at rate of $5 per cubic yard.
- Secured Load: All loads delivered to the Transfer Station must be completely covered with a tarp and/or strapped as to prevent any material from falling onto the roadways; this includes the tailgate area on both trucks and trailers.
- Slash Mixed with Other Debris: Loads of slash mixed with other debris must be unloaded inside the Transfer Station at a fee of $15 per cubic yard depending on the material. We strongly advise not to bring mixed loads!
- Slash Only: Slash loads must contain only qualified slash disposable material; no pine needles, stumps, construction debris, dirt, rocks, or trash of any kind.
- Stumps, Rocks, Dirt: Loads containing stumps, rocks, and/or dirt are not included in the slash program, and will be charged a minimum of $20 per cubic yard depending on the amount of contamination.
- Unsecured slash and pine needle loads arriving at the Transfer Station will be subject to a $5 per cubic yard regardless of property of origin. Unsecured loads may be subject to additional fines and penalties by law enforcement.
Unloading at Slash Pit
- No smoking is allowed anywhere on the Transfer Station property, including the slash pit.
- Children and pets must remain inside your vehicle for their safety while at the Transfer Station and/or Slash Pit.
- Please drive slowly and carefully while at the Transfer Station and slash pit.
- Do not enter the slash pit until the Transfer Station Attendant has inspected your load and you have completed the required paperwork.
Slash is accepted Monday through Friday between the hours of 7AM to 3 PM, no exceptions.