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Proposed Edith Transfer Station Info

Get answers about the proposed Edith Transfer Station.

I don't know anything about the Edith Transfer Station and Convenience Center. Where can I get more information?

Visit the project website or call (505) 245-3134.

What is the Transfer Station? Is it a dump?

No, it is a place where the City's Solid Waste trucks will bring residential and commercial solid waste, or trash, so that it can be consolidated and transported by semi-trucks to the Cerro Colorado Landfill for disposal. There would also be a convenience center for area residents to use.

Where would it be located?

At the existing Solid Waste Yards at 4600 Edith NE in Albuquerque.

Won't all that trash smell?

No, trash will be removed from the transfer station on a first in, first out basis. All trash will be removed from the transfer station floor each night. Trash will be handled inside an enclosed building, specially designed to contain and mitigate odors through overhead high speed doors, an air filtration system, and a misting system with odor-masking agents. The facility and equipment will be cleaned daily.

Why is it needed?

Two main reasons:

  1. It is expected to save about $75 million over 20 years by eliminating 2 million vehicle miles annually, extending the life of the solid waste trash collection trucks, and causing much less wear and tear on our roads.
  2. It will provide a fourth convenience center for area residents to use and help prevent illegal dumping.

How long will the consolidated trash stay at the Transfer Station?

Trash will be removed from the transfer station on a first in, first out basis. All trash will be removed from the transfer station floor each night.

How much trash would be stored there?

City officials expect to handle an average of eleven hundred tons of solid waste a day. The transfer station is designed to handle about two thousand six hundred tons a day to handle peak days and future growth.

What hours would it be open to the public?

Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. although it would be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Would medical waste be taken to the transfer station and convenience center?

No.

What about other hazardous waste, such as paint or batteries?

There will be a household hazardous waste drop off center at the Edith Transfer Station. It will accept hazardous materials (paint, solvents, used oil, pesticides) in household quantities. That waste would be separated, packed in containers for transport, and given to the City's household hazardous waste contractor, ACT.

Will there be more truck traffic in the area?

Yes, but the majority of the trucks will enter and exit the transfer station and convenience hours during non-peak traffic hours, or in other words, not during morning or afternoon rush hours.

So how does this permitting process work?

You can view permit documents at the Solid Waste Management Department at 4600 Edith Boulevard NE in Albuquerque Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Solid Waste Department is asking for comments about the permit application, and the New Mexico Environment Department will hold a public hearing in the future.

You can contact:

George Schuman, Permit Section Manager, Solid Waste Bureau
New Mexico Environment Department, Harold Runnels Building
1190 St. Francis Drive, PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502-5429

(505) 827-2328

I'd like to talk to someone at Solid Waste about this because I have more questions.

  • During regular business hours, call (505) 761-8188.
  • During weekend or evening hours, leave voice mail at (505) 761-8188.

To speak directly with the project contact, call from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

I'm opposed to/I support this project. Who should I talk to?

Leave a comment at the project website.

You can also contact:

George Schuman, Permit Section Manager, Solid Waste Bureau
New Mexico Environment Department, Harold Runnels Building
1190 St. Francis Drive, PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502-5429

(505) 827-2328

For all other questions:

Call (505) 761-8188.