Talkin’ Trash

Written by Amanda Castillo

Jul 1, 2020

July 1, 2020

Ever wonder where those Waste Mgmt trucks head at the end of the day? Following their trail might lead you and our award-winning landfill facility and a safe, affordable place to recycle that old TV….

Stephen Montoya, PIO for Sandoval County caught up with Chris Perea, the county’s Landfill Foreman.

To watch the full video click on the link.

(Sandoval County PIO asks County Landfill Foreman about operations

By Stephen Montoya

Talking trash is just part of a daily routine for Sandoval County Landfill Foreman Chris Perea. In fact there hasn’t been a day in Perea’s last 18 years working at the landfill where he hasn’t had to talk trash for a living.

Standing over six feet tall, Perea oversees many of the day-to-day operations this already 50-year-old landfill has in place.

That’s right, 50 years ago in 1970 the Sandoval County Landfill was christened to collect garbage and transfer waste from surrounding areas.

This over 100 acre lot was site registered in 1989 with the New Mexico Environmental Department and permitted in 1998.

What the landfill is mostly known for, according to Perea, is its composting.

“Mixing is a 3 to 1 ratios, 3 parts carbon and 1 part nitrogen with 60 to 65% moisture content,” Perea said. “Oxygenation and PFRP is 17 to 21 days, in the digesters and a 30 day curing period either in the digester or a static pile by periodically turning the static pile.”

However, on an everyday level, the landfill also recycles and disposes of many household items that some of us have piled up in our yards and garages.

For example the landfill recycles old corrugated cardboard (OCC), mixed paper, plastics aluminum and tin cans, scrape metal, appliances, electronics (including TV’s $20 per TV), green waste, tire, $2.50 per tire, and Hazardous Household Waste for $15.

Perea said some portions of the landfill are near capacity, with an ending date for the entire facility taking place in the next 10 to 12 years.

“The active portion of the landfill has 63 acres remaining,” he said.

Future plans for another landfill have already been laid out with the acquisition of land fulfilled. However, the county still needs to fund infrastructure like power and roads to the new site before it can move.

Hours of operation and address

The Sandoval County Landfill and Composting Facility is located at 2708 Iris Rd NE, Rio Rancho, NM. Our hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are closed on Sundays and on most holidays.

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