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Author: Julia M. Dendinger, Valencia County News-Bulletin

A California-based trash company has a near total lock on solid waste services in Valencia County after two municipalities approved contract transfers last week. Both the city of Belen and village of Bosque Farms councils unanimously approved the transfer of their trash contracts with Belen-based AC Disposal Services to Universal Waste Services. AC Disposal owner Charles Montoya told both councils he was splitting off and selling the trash hauling part of his company to concentrate of the fabrication side.

“I’m here today to inform you we have chosen to sell a portion of our company — the solid waste side — to Universal Waste Systems,” Montoya told the Belen council last Monday. “It made sense from a business standpoint and for our family. We have been spread thin for quite a while and had to make a decision which way we wanted to go.”

Montoya said the manufacturing side of AC has been quite successful, with contracts for roll-off containers with the cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, as well as locations in Louisiana, New York and Hawaii. AC was awarded the solid waste contract in Belen in 2017, and has been hauling trash for Bosque Farms since 2013. Mark Blackburn, president of UWS, said the company would honor the terms of the AC contract with both municipalities — for Belen through 2029 and for Bosque Farms through the end of 2025.