Solid Waste and Recycling

“Proposed Residential Solid Waste Collection Districts”

Santa Fe County is interested in more comprehensively managing solid waste and recycling activities throughout the County. As part of that objective, the Board of County Commissioners is considering an ordinance to establish three curbside “Residential Solid Waste Collection Districts” in the more urbanized areas surrounding the City of Santa Fe. Santa Fe Countyl held three public meetings in May (one in each Collection District) and will conduct a public hearing on the proposed Ordinance on June 30th.

Proposed Solid Waste Collection District Ordinance (pdf)

County Commission Public Hearing on Proposed Ordinance:

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 – Public Hearings are to begin no earlier than 5 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, 102 Grant Ave.

Residential Solid Waste Collection Districts Overview and June 30th Hearing (pdf)

Maps of Proposed Residential Solid Waste Collection Districts - May 2015

Santa Fe County Solid Waste and Recycling

Santa Fe County operates seven drop-off Solid Waste Convenience Centers for the disposal of household refuse and the collection of recyclable materials.  Disposal of refuse at Transfer Stations requires the purchase of a Solid Waste Permit.  Drop-off of recyclables at all Convenience Centers is free.   In addition to the seven full service Convenience Centers, the County also operates a recycling drop-off center at Rancho Viejo.

Commercial businesses generating less than 850 pounds of refuse per month may also use the Convenience Centers.

The County does not provide or offer curbside refuse or recyclable collection service.   A number of private companies provide such service for a fee.

Solid Waste Permit Information »

  • Locations to purchase a permit, permit options

Solid Waste Ordinance No. 2014 -10 »


All Santa Fe County residents can recycle paper, plastic, cardboard, aluminum and glass for FREE at any Transfer Station.


Solid Waste Convenience Centers





Eldorado US 285  Wednesday – Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
Jacona NM 502  Wednesday – Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
La Cienega CR 54B  Wednesday – Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
Nambe CR 503 Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to noon
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, Tuesdayand Thursday
San Marcos CR 42 Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Stanley CR 14A Wednesday – Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
Tesuque NM 592 Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to noon
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Rancho Viejo Recycling Center Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30p.m. Sunday - Thursday

(Solid Waste Convenience Centers are closed on Holidays)

Map of Santa Fe Solid Waste Convenience Centers locations (PDF)

ReUse Area at the Eldorado Convenience Center

The ReUse area at the Eldorado Convenience Center is a space designated specifically to saving still usable items from the landfill. The area is intended as a "last resort" space where usable or easily repairable items can be diverted from the landfill.

Residents taking items to the ReUse Area will be instructed by staff to leave the items in the ReUse Area (near the entrance, adjacent to the recycling dumpsters).

Items will be available for "adoption" by other station patrons on a first-come first-served basis. Items not adopted in a reasonable time will be offered to charities. If not suitable to a charity they will be sent to the landfill.

Illegal Dumping

Santa Fe County Ordinance No. 2005-05 prohibits the dumping, accumulating or scattering of solid waste. Any person convicted of illegal dumping will be guilty of a crime. First time offenders maybe penalized with a fine up to $500 and/or 60 days in jail. Subsequent violations carry a penalty of up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. The improper or illegal disposal of hazardous waste carries a penalty of up to $5,000 and/or 90 days in jail.

To report illegal dumping or littering, please call the County at (505) 992-3010 or the Solid Waste Compliance Officer at 1-505-629-2937. You may also call New Mexico Clean & Beautiful at 1-800-867-7666 .

Contact Us

(505) 992-3010 during business hours (Mon - Fri, 8:00AM - 5:00PM) or 992-3017 any time for pre-recorded information.