There are several New Mexico Landfills around the state.

You may think a landfill is just a big pile of trash but landfills are thoughtfully engineered so they can biodegrade our waste. Because of the immense footprint landfills have the potential to leave, decades of research, care and planning are utilized for proper handling of trash. For questions about special waste, construction waste and large item waste click the learn more.

Aside from New Mexico Landfills, our state has several different types of locations for waste disposal.

In each county there may be landfills, transfer stations, collection centers, recycling centers and compost facilities. Click the map to see the full map and key. Click below to view the full list of disposal locations in New Mexico.

When I was a kid, my family lived near Ann Arbor, MI next to a landfill. I remember watching the giant trash trucks drive in. There were seagulls and pigeons flying around all the time. I even remember during the summer you could smell it. It really did stink. We moved away when I was in the second grade. When I was older and went for a walk down memory lane the landfill was gone and in its place was this:

Yes… Now that land fill is a park. This piece of former landfill is an active recreational area for the community. Of course, landfills don’t transition over night. The engineering behind a well designed landfill plan considers population, composition and environment. Ultimately, the land will develop not only into beautiful recreational areas but also provide energy for the community.

The history of the Ann Arbor landfill.

1930s: Landfill started as gravel pit. 1959-1984: Phase I was under City operation. 1984-1992: Phase II — “modern” landfill — was in operation. 1994: Landfill gas project planning began 1996: Landfill Gas Collection System constructed by DTE Biomass Energy:

  • 38 wells in Phase I, surface collection system built into cap on Phase II
  • Cost = approx. $1,000,000
  • Over 2 miles of piping was buried in landfill to transport gas to blower/flare station.

Sep 1996: Landfill gas flare lit 1997: Landfill Gas-to-Energy Mural completed at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), illustrations by David Zinn. Oct 1997: Electric generation system construction begins by Michigan CoGeneration Systems. Total cost was about $1.2 million. Apr 1998: Landfill Gas used to power two 800 kW generators which produce enough electricity for 1,000 households. 2008: Gas rights and system operation transferred from DTE to Landfill Energy Systems

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