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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Waste Excavation/Relocation

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In recent days, residents in the Paseo de Onate area may have noticed digging and removal of material. This project is related to the long-planned removal of layers of old trash from the City of Las Cruces pre-1965 landfill on the city’s eastside near the Las Alamedas/South Ridge Village subdivision. The old trash is being relocated to Corralitos Regional Landfill, west of town, along I-10. Read more about this story at

The city notified residents in the area about the removal plan and next steps for the area through mail and public meetings in 2019.

In addition to the news article about the project, these points may be helpful in understanding more details. 

  • The City of Las Cruces Utilities is working on the waste excavation located at the corner of Paseo de Onate and Lohman Avenue based on an approved New Mexico Environment Department Solid Waste Bureau Waste Excavation Plan dated August 14, 2019.
  • There is no requirement within the plan for tarping of the piles of waste; however, the City of Las Cruces does follow its own municipal code for dust mitigation. Municipal Code
  • Everything is being done to prohibit dust and debris from leaving the site through applying water and with fencing around the site and in accordance with the project Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).  
  • Material is stockpiled to make loading of the hauling trucks more efficient; stockpiles will be in place for a short time (2 to 3 days), and then will be hauled away.
  • Stockpiles will be monitored and mitigated daily to ensure that debris is not being transported away from stockpile areas.
  • The City does not expect any delays due to the current public health crisis, this includes no anticipated delays in the excavation of the waste area and hauling of the waste. 
  • The work is anticipated to take about three months or more to complete.

You can reach Las Cruces Utilities at 528-3500 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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