A landfill outside Bogota burst open on Tuesday night, spilling garbage down the side of a mountain and leading to complaints of foul smells by local residents.

The Dona Juana landfill, the Colombian capital's largest trash dump, spilled 60,000 tonnes of trash and dirt down the side of the mountain south of the city according to Bogota's Public Services Administrative Unit.

Locals complained on social media about the strong smells emitted by the trash, but Bogota's Secretary of the Environment, Carolina Urrutia, said the odours pose no health risk.

But residents aren't convinced. One woman, Luceris Segura, told Reuters: "This has caused environmental contamination due to the gases coming from the landslide.

"Today the communities are demanding the total closure of the Dona Juana landfill, and that this leads to a transition to a model of the reuse of solid waste through clean technology."

In 1997, the same dump was the sight of an even bigger trash landslide when 1.2 million tonnes went tumbling down a hill.