Yard Waste

Hello Neighbors,

I recently met with James Lucero, Ladera Golf Course Supervisor.  He informed me that some residents along the golf course are dumping yard waste over the fence onto the golf course. I have been asked to remind you that this is illegal and that it will be reported to Solid Waste for the collection of penalties and cleanup fees.

There is also an illegal dumping of yard waste and large items occurring on city property on Vista Alegre between Santa Theresa and Unser Blvd.

To report litter on public streets or public property, call 311, use the ABQ311 app (allows you to submit a picture and location from your cell phone), or call (505) 768-3867.

Waste should be taken to Don Reservoir Convenience Center at 117 114th St SW (west of 98th St off Central).  This facility is open 7 days a week from 8 am to 5 pm. The facility cannot accept trailers or tree limbs in excess of 8 feet.

“For $5.25 per load (including tax), you may take your excess trash, yard waste, and large items to any of the Solid Waste Management Department’s Convenience Centers. This fee applies to both residents and commercial businesses using the convenience centers. Tarp and secure your vehicle’s load to avoid a clean-up fee of $5.82 (including tax).”


Karen Buccola, President

Ladera West Neighborhood Association


Needle Safety at Parks and Other Community Areas

It saddens us that Albuquerque’s Office of Neighborhood Coordination published this in its Weekly E-News – Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.  However, with the arrival of spring, we will all be enjoying our beautiful city’s parks.  The board hopes that you will never run into this situation.  But, if you do, we hope passing this information on will have you better prepared.

” Our city has many beautiful parks with amenities for families, dogs, bicyclists, walkers, and many more; but unfortunately, some of these parks also have disposed needles or syringes left on the grass or in the play areas. To safely deal with needles, here are some tips from Bernalillo County, the City Parks and Recreation Department, and APD:

  • Do not walk or run barefoot in the parks.
  • If you see needles or syringes in city parks, you can call 311 to request needle pick-up.
  • If you encounter needles and decide to dispose of them, wear latex rubber gloves or leather utility gloves before handling, to protect against blood borne pathogens, fluid contamination and chemicals.
  • When picking up needles, ensure that you use tweezers, tongs, or pliers. Never pick up needles or syringes with your hands, even if you have gloves.
  • The City requires that needles and syringes are disposed of in Sharps containers. Some, but not all, APD area commands and substations have a Sharps container that you can safely dispose of needles…

To learn more about city parks, visit: https://www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation

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Preparing a Go-Bag for Emergencies

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” February 2018 reminds of the importance of being prepared for an emergency.

“In the case of Emergency evacuations due to fire (or any other reason), time is of the essence.  There is not always the opportunity to pack what you need, especially when your safety is threatened by a critical incident.  I talked about this in preparing for winter weather, but I would like to reiterate the benefits of preparing a “go-bag” to keep handy in the case that you must leave your house at a moment’s notice.

Please consider the inclusion of the following items to ensure that you have what you need when you evacuate (information from Ready.gov):

  • Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Keeping a kit with the items listed ready to go, will make it easier for you to successfully evacuate your residence, and afford you the opportunity to ensure your family’s well being for a short period of time, until you can reach an established shelter or family members house, where more long-term plans can be implemented.”

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