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