What do you do with old dirt?

In New Mexico, residents, business owners and contractors may come to a point where they realize if anything is going to grow they need new dirt. It may seem unheard of to folks who live in more fertile regions of the country, like the plains and the midwest. Here in New Mexico, we actually excavate our backyards and replace the dirt with new, more fertile soil.

What happens to the old dirt?

If handled correctly, it gets hauled off to a Soil Amendment facility. In Albuquerque, the Soil Amendment Facility is managed by Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority. The process by which old soil is re-purposed is composting. The Water Utility Authority processes waste water at the Southside Wastewater Reclamation Plant.  This is a newly renovated plant that not only clarifies wastewater, it also produces electricity, and captures biosolids for production of compost. These biosolids are composted with your old dirt and sold back to you as compost. There are just a few specification when disposing of dirt for the Water Authority. Dirt must:

  • Be free of wood and large patches of grass
  • Not contain rocks larger than a fist
  • Be covered during transportation to facility

Thank you to the ABC Water Utility Authority for extensive educational resources about water, wastewater, and water conservation. In Albuquerque and surrounding areas, call Western Disposal Services 505-450-7671 to rent a 10 or 15 cubic yard dumpster for hauling dirt to the Soils Amendment Facility.

10 Cubic Yard Container

$280 No additional charge for clean dirt loads.

15 Cubic Yard Container

15 Cubic Yard Dumpster

$305 No additional charge for clean dirt loads.

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