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Cerro Colorado Landfill

The Solid Waste Management Department operates the Cerro Colorado Landfill.

An image of the Cerro Grande Landfill.

Delivering Scrap Tires to Cerro Colorado Landfill

The appropriate State approved manifest must be used when delivering scrap tires to Cerro Colorado Landfill:

The City of Albuquerque’s Cerro Colorado Landfill uses modern technologies and stringent oversight of its operations to ensure Albuquerque residents that their landfill is cost efficient and environmentally safe.

Located on the top west of the downtown area, the landfill has a 20-year operating permit for 180 acres of waste disposal. Cerro Colorado is regulated and monitored by the State of New Mexico’s Environment Department. The landfill takes in approximately 525,000 tons of residential and commercial trash per year.

What happens to trash at the landfill

Trash is logged at the landfill weigh station and transported to the disposal area. Each day, the trash is compacted and buried under a layer of soil in sectioned off cells. Cells are lined with heavy duty plastic designed to protect the water table that lies beneath the landfill. Over time, the trash slowly decomposes into the soil. Depending on the local environment conditions, much of the trash in a landfill can remain virtually intact for hundreds or thousands of years.

Gas-To-Energy Project

The Solid Waste Management Department has partnered with Bernalillo County to divert Methane Gas from the Cerro Colorado Landfill to the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC). The diverted gas is used to fuel a boiler that preheats water for domestic hot water use at the MDC. Methane gas that is produced from decomposing garbage travels the two mile distance to the jail where it may be used as an energy source and replace fossil fuels.