GUADALUPE COUNTY — LULAC Council 682 of Seguin, in a meeting Sept. 24, voted to enter into a partnership with Post Oak Clean Green Inc., the corporation that has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a permit to establish a municipal solid waste landfill in northeastern Guadalupe County.
The vote came after Tom Funderburg, whose family owns Post Oak Clean Green, went before the LULAC board to express an interest in helping the organization with its local initiatives.
Post Oak Clean Green will provide $10,000 per year to LULAC for college scholarships for local students and an additional $10,000 per year to be used by LULAC for other local projects such as its successful community garden program which provides free produce to community residents.
“This partnership is something that the whole community will benefit from,” said Ricardo Guerra, president of LULAC Council 682. “Many people on fixed incomes go to the community garden and save money each month. We also donate food to the food bank in Seguin.”
Before LULAC and the corporation discussed a partnership, LULAC sent a letter dated Sept. 6 to TCEQ expressing support for the proposed landfill and components of the project that are consistent with LULAC’s mission.
LULAC leaders said they are excited about the proposed education center, recycling center, wildlife refuge and local jobs that would be created at the landfill.
“The recycling program sounds very promising,” Guerra said. “We need that in Seguin; it doesn’t exist here today. We will all benefit from recycling.”
Guerra said LULAC Council 682 is aware of some local opposition to the proposed landfill but does not agree with it.
“We have to have somewhere to put our waste,” Guerra said. “We create trash but we don’t want to deal with it. If everybody opposed it in the state of Texas, where would we put our waste? People need to understand that as long as Post Oak complies with state regulations there’s no reason to oppose it.”
LULAC Council 682 becomes the first organization of any sort that has endorsed the proposed landfill.