Per County Ordinance,  recycling of reyclable materials is required at Convenience Centers. Disposing of recyclables in refuse bins is prohibited. 

List of recyclable items accepted at County Convenience Centers (pdf)


Solid Waste and Recycling

August 2016 Update:  Curbside Recycling is Coming to Portions of Santa Fe County on November 1, 2016!

Curbside recycling service is coming to the greater Santa Fe urban areas outside the City of Santa Fe on November 1st! In late spring, the Santa Fe County Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance expanding the County’s role in managing solid waste and recycling throughout the County with an eye toward increasing waste reduction and recycling participation. The ordinance establishes a new “Solid Waste Collection District” consisting of the higher density residential areas surrounding the City of Santa Fe, including Eldorado, Rancho Viejo, Tano Rd. area, Aldea, and La Cienega (see map below). Solid waste haulers providing curbside residential refuse service in the Collection District will be required to also provide at least every other week recycling service for a single “bundled” fee. Haulers will no longer be allowed to offer “refuse only” service.  READ MORE »

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 Convenience Centers 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 may recycle paper, plastic, cardboard, aluminum, tin cans, and glass for FREE at any Convenience Center.


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.