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Closed Sacramento Landfill

Closed Sacramento Landfill



Location – 5500 Holly Avenue NE, the northeast corner of Paseo del Norte and I-25

Dates of Operation – 1962 by the City of Albuquerque

Acres – 4.7

Estimated Original Amounts of  Waste – 74,000 tons or 147,000 cubic yards

Depth to Groundwater and Direction – 250-300 feet and flows to the southeast

Site Description

The closed Sacramento landfill was an approximately five acre borrow pit filled as a landfill with predominantly residential and commercial waste by the City of Albuquerque in 1962.  Waste depth is approximately 26 feet. The average soil cover is 3 feet.  Approximately 74,000 tons (147,000 cubic yards) of trash remains at the site. 

Several geotechnical and landfill gas studies have been performed at the site.  In 2005, the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department installed seven landfill gas monitoring wells on the perimeter of the landfill.  Very low concentrations of methane are occasionally detected during monitoring events.

One groundwater monitoring well is located at the southeast corner of the site and is sampled annually by the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department.  Past analytical results show no contamination.

The buffer zone for this landfill is established at 500 feet from the landfill boundary.  Building projects and development projects located within the buffer zone are reviewed by the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department for landfill gas impacts.

Current Status

  • Continue semi-annual LFG and annual groundwater monitoring.
  • No known development plans for 2016.
  • Surface emissions monitoring and an annual inspections is planned for 2016.

Project Documents