Solid Waste and Recycling

Santa Fe County operates seven drop-off Solid Waste Transfer Stations 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 Transfer Stations is free.   In addition to the seven full service Transfer Stations, 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. 2010-5 »

Recycling

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

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Solid Waste Transfer Stations

Location

Open

Hours

 Closed

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

Map of Santa Fe Solid Waste Transfer Station locations (PDF)

(Please Note: The Transfer Stations are closed on Holidays)

ReUse Area at the Eldorado Transfer Station

The ReUse area at the Eldorado Transfer Station 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.

QUICK INFO

Permit Passes Now Valid Until All Punches Used

The Santa Fe Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved Solid Waste Ordinance 2014-6. Under Ordinance 2014-6 all residential solid waste 24 punch passes will not expire, until all punches are utilized. This applies to all current residential permit passes as well as future permits purchased

Construction Underway at El Dorado Solid Waste Transfer Station, Station Still Open to the Public

Construction is underway at the El Dorado Solid Waste Transfer Station to make improvements to the recycling area. The transfer station will remain open during the construction and the recycling area will be located between the ash bin and metal sorting bin (east of the main building).

The improvement work includes a new concrete slab and ramp, along with asphalt work. The improvement construction should be completed within 60 days.

For more information contact 505-992-3010 or 992-3068..

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