Helping Santa Fe Rethink Their Waste
Blasting Notification
Caja del Rio Landfill
The landfill is currently taking in 150,000 tons of waste per year. That means every person in Santa Fe throws away approximately 5.5 pounds of waste every day!

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EPA Waste Management Hierarchy


Monday -Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

HHW: Fridays and Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Closed: New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day/4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Methods of payment: cash, check, debit card, credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover only).


Cash Customers

Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Closed: Sundays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Methods of payment: cash, check, debit card, credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover only).

Commercial Account Customers

Note: Pre-approved commercial account holders only.

Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Closed: Sundays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Blasting for the Caja del Rio Landfill


Blasting is required to remove basalt rock to develop Cell 5B/6B at the Agency’s Caja del Rio Landfill (Landfill). The development of Cell 5B/6B is necessary for the provision of future waste disposal capacity. Up to 30 total blasts are anticipated for the landfill development and the tentative schedule is posted below.


The blasting contractor is obligated to notify the Agency forty-eight (48) hours prior to the blast. The Agency in turn notifies the affected parties including required entities, adjoining neighbors, and major landfill customers of the next scheduled blast.

In times of blasting, traffic at the Landfill is stopped 30 minutes before the blast and held at the scale house near the main entrance of the Landfill up to 30 minutes after the blast.

The Agency’s Primary Coordinator will ensure all personnel, customers, and visitors have been evacuated beyond the scale house prior to the blast.  The blast siren sequence is as follows: a five minute long warning wail, a one minute intermittent short wail, and a yelp 30 seconds prior to the blast.  Once the blast has been detonated and the all clear sign has been given, the Primary Coordinator will open all roads, allowing traffic to return to the area.

To ensure your safety, take note of blast times and always obey the Primary Coordinator’s instructions.

It is the intent of the blasting contractor to blast between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. as much as possible.  In the event weather at the Landfill requires a blast to be moved forward or postponed, the blasting contractor will notify the Agency.  If sufficient time is available, the Agency will notify all affected parties by email of the blast schedule change.  In the event of insufficient time, only the Santa Fe Airport and Santa Fe County Fire Department – Regional Emergency Communication Center will be notified by telephone.


The following are the scheduled blasts for the week of February 17, 2014:

Day:                            FRI

Date:                          2/21

Time:                          1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For More Information

For further information, contact Primary Coordinator Randy Watkins at 780-0609 (cell) or call the Caja del Rio Landfill at 424-1850, ext. 150.


Santa Fe Airport

Santa Fe County Fire – Regional Emergency Communication Center

Del Hur Industries

Caja Del Rio Landfill

New Mexico Environment Department – Solid Waste Bureau {Enforcement}

New Mexico Game & Fish Department

Marty Sanchez Links De Santa Fe

City of Santa Fe – Solid Waste Division

Santa Fe County – Land Use Department

Agency’s Joint Power Board Members

City and County PIO’s

CDM Smith, Inc.

Aimone-Martin Associates

Major Waste Haulers

Interested Area Residents


Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency

149 Wildlife Way Santa Fe, NM 87506