Valencia County makes changes to ‘city dump’ after man falls over ledge

Sometimes dumping trash here can have its pitfalls

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) –  It’s a problem when people are falling into dumpsters at a waste transfer station, also known as a city dump. However, that’s happened in Valencia County.

Now, the county is doing something about it.

Thousands of people in Valencia County use the Conejo Convenience Center to dump their trash, but sometimes dumping trash here can have its pitfalls.

Just over the weekend, a man fell in to a dumpster trailer while unloading his trash. Once news broke out, it caught the county’s attention.

“I was concerned, you know, I was worried. I mean, it’s a cost to the county, and a cost to the residents. The county needs to be aware of this and need to get it addressed,” said Lina Benavidez, Public Works Director of Valencia County.

They’re addressing it by installing a $3,000 guard rail. Public Works Director Lina Benavidez insists it’s been on her to-do-list.

“Being a director, and coming in to this and knowing in to this safety issue,one of my priorities was to install that guard rail,” Benavidez.

KRQE News 13 heard that at least a few people have tumbled over the ledge in the past, but no one could give a firm number. The county hopes the case over the weekend will be the last.

“I’m hoping that it’ll eliminate people from falling in to trailers, and I’m pretty confident this railing will work,” said Benavidez.

She claims she wanted to install it sooner but ran into some bumps in the road. It’s the first time many are seeing the guard rail and it’s already putting minds at ease.

The man who fell into the dumpster was fine, just a bit scratched up. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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