About Partners for a Clean New Mexico
Illegal dumping is a serious and chronic problem in New Mexico. It causes significant negative impacts to public health and safety, the environment, water quality, aesthetics, and our economy. Many entities are taking action to address the causes and effects of illegal dumping. With this plan, these organizations and individuals joined together as the Partners for a Clean New Mexico to leverage resources – staff time, technical expertise, legal authority, and funding – dedicated to addressing illegal dumping. The intent of the Partners is to increase effectiveness in addressing illegal dumping, to produce measurable results, and to encourage changes in attitude and behavior.
In 2008, a strategic collaboration known as “Partners for a Clean New Mexico” (PCNM) was formed to combat illegal dumping throughout the State of New Mexico. The founding members of this this collective partnership included the following stakeholders: Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, New Mexico Tourism Department, New Mexico Environment Department, New Mexico Department of Transportation, New Mexico Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department, New Mexico Department of Indian Affairs, New Mexico Clean & Beautiful, New Mexico State Land Office, Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, Department of Finance & Administration, New Mexico Recycling Coalition, and New Mexico Association of Counties.
The Partners have agreed to work together to provide education on proper waste disposal and recycling methods, address illegal dump clean up and maintenance, and support increased prosecution and conviction of violators. Each organizations resources, strengths and authorities will be tapped to provide a new collaborative approach to an old problem. The Partners, with public input, developed a statewide strategic plan to address illegal dumping throughout New Mexico. The document was signed on July 28, 2008 at a formal ceremony at the New Mexico State Capitol.
The founding Partners look forward to other interested state, federal, tribal, private, not-for-profit entities joining the effort. The New Mexico Association of Counties serves as the fiscal agent for this initiative and will work closely with the New Mexico Recycling Coalition to receive funds for implementation of this plan.